Q & A with Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC)

Sponsorship and Non-Profit
 Trail adoption is critical to the long-term sustainability of the CDT. Once any trail is built, that is only the beginning of a long-term commitment to the trail. Because of shrinking agency budgets and increased duties, agencies have less support to provide to on-the-ground projects. Trail adoption helps accomplish the back log of trail maintenance but also supports our federal agency partners in the daunting task of maintaining the CDT. Read the rest

The Evolution of a Thru-Hiker’s Gear

Essays From the Field
Only after endless nights of sleeping in the dirt and becoming a true “dirtbag” did I find out that what you leave at home is almost more important than what you take with you. You cannot figure that out until you have hiked thousands of miles and learned what you are comfortable living without.  Read the rest

“Bomber” Luggage Review from BA Ambassador, Justin Reiter

Product Reviews
As for durability, these bags have gone from my home in Steamboat, CO to India, back to the US, Italy, back to the US, to Italy again, back to Steamboat, to the Czech Republic, Austria, Ukraine, Slovenia, back to Austria, back to Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, back to Steamboat, Korea, Japan, back to Korea, back to Steamboat, back to Germany, Switzerland, back to Austria, Northern Germany, and while I’m writing this back to Austria all with ZERO issues, tears, zipper blowouts, or wheels blowing off! Read the rest

100-Mile Wild – Success! – Part 2

Sponsorship and Non-Profit
Day 7 - More wet snow, wet conditions, freezing rain, unfrozen stream crossings and punchy snow. Who says climate change isn’t a thing? When we started planning for this trip, we figured late February would give us the best chances and consistent, cold weather with fast snow, solid crossings and lower humidity. We were wrong on all three counts. Read the rest