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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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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
Three Ways to Enjoy National Public Lands Day 2018

Three Ways to Enjoy National Public Lands Day 2018

Today is the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. But it's also the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Here are three ways to celebrate this momentous occasion. Visit a National Park. There are no entrance fees today! Join a volunteer project. Help maintain your favorite trail. Donate to a conservation organization that works hard to protect public lands. Today and for the entire month of September, 10% of every purchase from Cnoc Outdoors will go to the Oregon Natural Desert Association. ONDA envisions a high desert in Oregon where eight million acres...

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Skip's 50 Year Commemorative Hike

Skip's 50 Year Commemorative Hike

We're working on an improved and stronger version of our carbon fiber Vertex Poles that will use a middle aluminum shaft (compared to 5 carbon shafts). We asked Skip to take them on a hike and test the feel of the shaft. He is sending the poles back to us so we can examine the wear and tear and make them even better. Here's his trip report of the Colorado Trail. I have been section hiking the Colorado Trail for two summers prior to this trip. The first summer was 104 miles from Denver to Breckenridge. The second summer was...

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