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Category Archives: Appalachian Trail

We Asked 5 Appalachian Trail Hikers What Their Favorite Piece of Gear Was

A thru-hike is the ultimate gauntlet for gear: nothing tests equipment like 2,000-plus miles of abuse on the trail. Only the very best designs and most durable construction remain by the time hikers reach the terminus. We asked five Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, most of whom have completed the journey, what their favorite piece of equipment […]

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Yes, You Can Avoid the Crowds at (the Very Popular) Great Smoky Mountain National Park

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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A Hiker Was Found Dead on the Appalachian Trail. Friends Said He Was ‘Tough As Nails’

This story was originally published on Backpacker.com.  Sheriff’s deputies in Virginia found the body of a hiker in his tent near the town of Damascus on Sunday, law enforcement confirmed. The campsite was located near the Appalachian Trail. Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis said he understood a local hiker had alerted Damascus police and the […]

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A Tough Choice: Shenandoah National Park or the Great Smokies?

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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Are Winter Hikes of the Appalachian Trail the Next Thing?

Scott Benerofe bailed on his first overnight backpacking trip because he was too cold. It was mid-March 2016. Benerofe—then a 20-year-old sophomore studying mechanical engineering at Boston’s Northeastern University—had enjoyed a recent string of New England day hikes so much that he decided to invest in gear for something more. In the low-slung mountains of […]

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Appalachian Trail Hiker Dies After Falling from McAfee Knob

An Appalachian Trail thru-hiker has died this week from injuries sustained in a fall from an iconic lookout in Virginia. Paul “Grandmaster” Classen, a 23-year-old hiker from the Netherlands, fell 50 feet from 3,197-foot McAfee Knob on Sunday. Rescue crews, including all-terrain vehicles, several police officers, and 30 fire-and-rescue personnel, responded to the incident at […]

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