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Trail Report: July 17

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Yes, There Are Rattlesnakes in Oregon!

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Food Bag

Trail Food Taste-Off: Mouthwatering Meals

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Gear Shop

REVIEW: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60

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ROUNDUP: 5 Footwear Selections for Big Trail Miles

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REVIEW: Osprey Ariel 55 AG

By on July 21, 2017

There are so many reasons to love backpacking—having days, rather than hours, to be fully immersed in nature; seeing amazing wildlife that can’t be found closer to civilization; and spending the night under the stars, just to name a few. There’s just one drawback: having to carry enough stuff…

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Current Conditions

Trail Report: July 17

By on July 17, 2017

Things are Looking Up!
We’re four weeks into summer, and we’re seeing some steady improvement in trail conditions across most of the state. While it seems like this season is taking a loooooooonnnnnggg time for the trail to melt out, we need to remember that this is actually normal for…

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REVIEW: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60

By on July 14, 2017

It was almost a year ago that I got my first look at Sierra Designs’ new ultralight backpack, the Flex Capacitor. Being a pop culture geek, the play on the name elicited a little giggle. (For those of you blinking confusedly, it’s a reference to the flux capacitor used…

northern pacific rattlesnake


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Yes, There Are Rattlesnakes in Oregon!

By on July 13, 2017

Oregon’s warm, summer weather brings lots of things for Pacific Crest Trail hikers: long, sunny days, refreshing mountain streams, sprawling wildflower meadows, gobs of tasty berries and, in some regions, rattlesnakes. Yes, there are rattlesnakes in Oregon.

This spring, we were seeing lots of posts and photos from PCT thru-hikers…


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Current Conditions

Trail Report: July 10

By on July 10, 2017

Slow and Steady
With summer now in full swing, the warm and sunny weather continues to improve conditions on the PCT in Oregon. This has opened up much of the far southern portion of the state, as well as most of the low- to mid-elevation regions thru the remaining areas. Hikers are…


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Food Bag

Trail Food Taste-Off: Mouthwatering Meals

By on July 7, 2017

Prepackaged meals can be real hit-or-miss. After all, there’s not much worse than having to choke down a nasty pouch of unappetizing slop after a long day on trail. Actually, there is: having to pack out a heavy, uneaten pouch of unappetizing slop. That’s why it’s always good to…

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