Recently, on a four-day backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest, we had to do something that we’ve never done before. We bailed. We were about 18 miles into our 50-mile journey, It had been raining relentlessly since we broke camp that morning. We’re fairly comfortable outside in bad weather so when it started raining we…

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When chasing your dreams, Steve Yocom figured out that you can catch them with a set of wheels. Professional photographer Steve Yocom lives a life of passion and adventure across the country. Living by his life motto, “Collect memories not stuff,” and with not much more than his camera and truck, he travels to some…

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Male camper and dog cook dinner at camp at sunset along the Art Loeb Trail in the Pisgah National Forest, NC.

Thru-hiking for months on end is out of reach for most of us. But a weekend backpacking trip? Most of us can carve that time into our schedules. Luckily, the Southern Appalachians are chock full of sub-100 mile trails that offer a thru-hiking experience in just a few days.

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As a National Park Service employee, founder of a wilderness survival school, and backcountry search and rescue expert, Andrew Herrington has spent countless hours in the Great Smoky Mountains. He demonstrates how to use the one item he recommends everyone carry when venturing into the wilderness: a clear 55-gallon drum bag. Check back in our December…

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