What are Your Favorite Trail Panties?

What you put on your booty matters out on the trail.  

Especially for women who find themselves, ahem, repositioning their booty-covers many times a day as they strive to stay hydrated on a long trek.

I've found the secret that makes pulling up after a pee a delight, even when you're sweaty and everything is soggy and wet down there.

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I'm Thinking About Having an Affair

Don't tell my tent, but I'm having a clandestine affair with a hammock.

It was a tough decision to make.  I thought it through, trying not to let my emotions get the best of me. I crunched the data--weights and costs.  Pros and cons.  Whoopies and webbing.

It's all here.  Plus, the one thing it ultimately boils down to when deciding between a tent and a hammock.

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Gear Review: Lightheart Solo Tent

I finally had a chance to try out my new tent, the Lightheart Gear Solo, this past week on an overnight trek along the Art Loeb Trail.  (Two words:  ball buster.  The hike, not the tent.)

Here's what I thought about it--the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Friday Fave: Overnighter on the Art Loeb

Every day you get to spend walking and dreaming and celebrating your badassery is a good day.

This training hike was a good two days in spite of the challenge.

Or maybe because of it.

This is a GREAT hike for training for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike because it is EXACTLY like a typical day on the trail would be....HARD.

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Gear Review: Klymit Static V Insulated Ultra Light Pad

And Ruby’s hips gonna hafta be happy when she's sleeping out in the woods.

So when I bought a sleeping pad sight unseen off the interwebs, I didn't hold my breath.

But I'm really pleased with my new Klymit pad.  Keep reading to find out why and to see how it compares to the most popular ultralight sleeping pad on the market.

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What's in My Backpacking Kitchen

My motto is "Hike Strong.  Hike Long.  Hike Happy."  

And to achieve it, you have to navigate the delicate balancing act of paring down what's in your pack but still saving room for little luxuries that will satisfy the happy part of this equation. 

On the one hand, lightening your load will help you hike long.

On the other hand, eating well on the trail is, for me, near the pinnacle of hiking happy. 

I've pared my trail kitchen down to a tiny, cozied package, so read on to see what's inside.

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