Trail advice

Rainy day on the trail? Here’s what you should do

female hiker backpacking in the rain

If you’re hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, there’s no doubt you’ll run into some wet weather. And nothing puts a damper on a backpacking trip like being (and staying) wet. Rain, mist, snow or even just high humidity can make some days on the PCT soggy and even a little ... Read more

Staying tick free on the PCT

tick bite

By Logan “Unitic” McCulloch

Hiking the Appalachian Trail was high on my bucket list. And it might have remained there indefinitely but for a life-altering experience I had beginning in May 2011.

Several months after a backpacking trip in Mammoth Cave National Park, I developed a case of disseminated borreliosis ... Read more

You should know about Valley fever

Map of the approximate areas (“endemic areas”) where Coccidioides/Valley fever is known to live or is suspected to live in the United States and Mexico. Source: cdc.gov/fungal accessed on 12/23/16

When it comes to Valley fever, awareness is key. Unfortunately, too few people know much of anything about it. A fungus that lives in the soil throughout the Southwest causes this terrible lung infection. The Pacific Crest Trail likely passes through areas where this fungus exists.

According to doctors at ... Read more