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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
So You Want to Hike the ODT?

So You Want to Hike the ODT?

Finished your Triple Crown and not sure where to get your next thru-hike fix? While not as well-loved as the PCT, the Oregon Desert Trail shows off the intense scenic beauty of the high desert in southwest Oregon and deserves more attention. The ODT is a 750 mile W-shaped route with the western terminus in the Badlands of Central Oregon, east of Bend, and and the eastern terminus in the Owyhee Canyonlands in Lake Owyhee State Park near the Idaho border. It’s a new route, vetted by thousands of volunteer hours beginning in 2011. It is a "virtual route" meaning...

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Brandon Kuehn on the Trail

Brandon Kuehn on the Trail

Brandon Kuehn AKA Ginger Beard Outdoors got started on the PCT but had to stop due to hypertension of his left knee. With intense determination, he dutifully performed physical therapy and is back on the trail! We love a happy ending. He answered some questions for us before he set off again. Where and when did you start? I started at the border of Mexico and the US in Campo, CA, the morning of April 3, 2018. Where and when do you plan to finish? I plan on finishing the beginning of Sept. at the Manning Park Resort in Canada. Is...

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Joey Sargent on the Trail

Joey Sargent on the Trail

Meet Joellyn "Joey" Sargent the Joyful Rambler who is hiking the Appalachian Trail. Her first-ever backpacking trip was last May from Springer to Three Forks in Georgia and now she's completely besotted with hiking life. Be sure to check out her adventures on Instagram and her YouTube channel. She answered a few questions for Cnoc while she got a rest at a hostel. Where did you start and where do you plan to finish? I started hiking full-time on April 1 at Deep Gap, NC. Before that I got a jumpstart on my thru-hike by doing Georgia in 4 weekends over the winter. My aim...

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