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Lauren Hudgins
Giving Tuesday: ALDHA-West

Giving Tuesday: ALDHA-West

Giving Tuesday is a response to the frantic post-Thanksgiving commercial rush—an occasion to be generous to nonprofits instead. For Giving Tuesday 2018, we encourage you to donate to ALDHA-West, the western branch of the American Long Distance Hiking Association. Financial contributions help the organization support its mission "to inspire, educate and promote fellowship among long-distance hikers and those who support long-distance hiking." So exactly what does ALDHA-West do to deserve your well-earned dollars? They educate on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace and advocate for long-distance hikers and their trails, as well as acting as a diplomatic bridge between hikers and local...

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Lauren Hudgins
Trail Triumph: Ashley Samuel and the Appalachian Trail

Trail Triumph: Ashley Samuel and the Appalachian Trail

Ashley Samuel hiked the AT, summiting Katahdin on September 14. We followed her adventure on Instagram (appropriately her name is rainyhikes) and caught up with her by email.

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Lauren Hudgins
Gio Acosta on the Trail

Gio Acosta on the Trail

Gio started on the Appalachian Trail in Maine pretty recently, summiting Mt. Katahdin on June 5th. He might be having the most fun on the trail, with one-person trailside dance parties, as seen in his Instagram stories. We appreciate Gio taking the time to answer some questions for us.

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Lauren Hudgins
The Winner of the Vecto on the Trail Contest

The Winner of the Vecto on the Trail Contest

During the month of April, we ran a photo contest to see your best pictures of the Vecto on the trail. We got some amazing photos and picked 10 finalists. You got a chance to vote on the winner and picked this photo from Jeffrey Shapiro. He recently completed a 10 day, 112 miles hike on the AT from Springer Mountain to Franklin NC and used his Vecto the whole time!All finalists have won a new blue Vecto. Our winner, Jeffrey Shapiro, will be helping us finalize the US-made version of the Vecto in the months to come.  

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