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Should I Filter My Water on the PCT?

Should I Filter My Water on the PCT?

With the thru-hiking season around the corner and rain and snow still very much part of the PCT landscape, the repeated question around water filtering comes up. When you are out in the middle of nowhere, in the backcountry, getting water from a stream, do you really need to filter that water? To jump to the conclusion: yes, you need to filter water on the PCT.  And now a bit more: Why filtering water in the backcountry? Despite the very tempting look of a refreshing stream on a warm summer day, the primary source of what gets us sick outdoors...

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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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