Winter Backpacking #TrailTips

It’s one thing to enjoy hiking with clear skies and warm breezes, but learning to embrace the outdoors in cold, rainy, or even snowy weather presents unique challenges. Even a day hike can become dangerous in 40-degree rain without proper equipment and preparations. That being said, the forest also reveals a new kind of beauty […]

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Featured: 30 Under 30 Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine – Emma Wright

Reposted from the November 2018 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Emma Wright, 23 Founder of Alta Trails, N.C. Emma Wright says she was acutely aware of her gender during the four and a half months she took off from college to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. “Overall, about a quarter of the thru hikers […]

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Is Backpacking Safe for Women?

Hiking trails are safer than cities. For many people, the woods are a distant, scary place – isolated and vulnerable. And while there are always risks involved in backpacking, they might not be the ones you expect. As a young woman who spends much time solo hiking (without a partner), I am always answering the […]

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