Astral staff gets out in the Nature / Spencer Cooke

Finding your Spirit Trail

Written on May 20th 2019.

Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis


There are long distance trails all over the country – and the world. And, no two long distance trails are the same. So how do you pick the one that’s right for you?


All too often, hikers chose a long trail simply because it’s popular or because their frie… read more

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5 Ways To Prepare For A Thru-Hike

Written on March 15th 2019.

So you’ve got a thru-hike planned for this summer and you’re deep into planning. In the cold dark months of winter, hikers dream of alpine lakes and sunshine, but combing through the million pieces of information to get in place before you start your trip can feel daunting. Where do you even start t… read more

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How To Hike In The Winter

Written on February 8th 2019.

By Aaron Karns

Cold weather can be a huge deterrent to taking a hike in the winter months. This should not be the case, however. Winter offers some of the most spectacular and jaw dropping views that cannot be seen when it is sunny and 75°. When it is cold, however, different precautions are requ… read more

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The Top 5 Mistakes Thru Hikers Make

Written on November 19th 2018.

By: Jennifer Pharr Davis

Making mistakes is a healthy part of any thru hike. You can’t successfully backpack over 2,000 miles without making tweaks and adjustments to your original plan. Whether it be your itinerary, gear, or mindset something along the route will be forced to change if you w… read more

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