Now that I've gone through the process of buying a van, I need to get started on the process of building it out. I've grown accustomed to taking on challenges outside my comfort zone or beyond my abilities but building out a van with zero experience may be the most daunting objective thus
Every Hayduke thru-hiker will need a Hayduke Trail Grand Canyon itinerary. The trail spends nearly 150 mi / 240 km in Grand Canyon National Park and all Hayduke hikers will need a Grand Canyon backcountry permit. It's one of the few permits hikers will be required to get if they intend to hike the
Hikers filling out the Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Survey are asked about their lowest moments on the PCT and their scariest moments on the PCT, so I thought it fair to also ask about hikers' best moments on the PCT as well. Most of the moments hikers recounted were short and sweet. They range from
A single Hayduke Trail permit does not exist because the Hayduke isn't an officially established trail. Instead, it's a popular backpacking route that traverses multiple areas maintained by multiple agencies. Some employees and/or agencies are more aware of the trail than others. Many of these
Trail names are a tradition in the long-distance hiking community. They're essentially nicknames that hikers go by while on the trail - and sometimes off the trail as well. Generally, but not always, these names are fairly abstract (i.e. not something that would traditionally be someone's name).
The SkyGOAT CAMP Hoodie is a lightweight fleece built for the outdoors. It's available in three configurations: a pullover, a full-zip, and a full-zip without a hood. It can be used as an outer layer or mid-layer and does a good job of keeping you comfortable in a range of environments. Here's
The SimmerShield Complete Solo System is an ultralight cooking solution for the outdoors. It includes a stove, stove storage bag, pot, cozy, and windscreen (wall and floor). It's the windscreen (and the ease of purchasing an ultralight stove as a self-contained package) that Simmershield uses to
Trail names and trail name rules are a simple but sometimes confusing part of trail culture within the long-distance hiking community. At their core, they're a fun part of the thru-hiking culture that can allow hikers to connect. Don't know what to say to your new friends? Ask about their trail