Apr 02, 2012 - scott
preparing for a 7-day appalacian trail hike. your site has been a fantastic tool and a wealth of information. you've helped me a lot!
now, if you could just do something about the black bears in the smokey mountains ... haha.
May 14, 2012 - Cindy Bellinger
Thanks for being so generous with information. Lots of useful stuff here.
Sep 24, 2012 - Mike Wagner
Greetings Hiking Dude; Just read your story in the Eden Prairie news and by chance will be heading to Lutsen tomorrow (9-25-12) with my wife. Planning on doing a couple hikes Tuesday and Wednesday and if you've got a recommendation please feel free to share.
Enjoy the day!
Mike & Aimee
Sep 30, 2012 - Ompa
Wondered what happened to you on Friday. Saw the big distances between spots from your sender. Thought a bear was chasing you as fast as you were moving.
Glad you updated us as to the hitching rides on roads.
Will be watching for your next trip.
Good hiking is healthy.
Jan 07, 2013 - Janusz Zak
just checked out your web site.looks good to me. Mine is neglected for about a year. I have your e-mail writen in my litle diary which is yet to be found in a pile of papers. Inspired by you I'v looked at your Arizona Trail treck and wanna do it maybe in April or so. We've met at Rainbow Lake viewpoint (lots of benches there). My website is januszhiker.webs.com
Feb 01, 2013 - Redzuan Rasul
Hiking is purposed to enjoying the nature. I'm very glad if my partner or groups is walking at the same time in group. Not rushing to the summit and rushing to going back. If they lost from your eye, That is horroble!
May 09, 2013 - Mark Elwood
Hi love the website. I bookmarked it and its my go to for all things hiking. I'm fortunate that I live two hours from the Canadian Rockies. I love the solitude and feeling that being out in the woods and nature brings and although I'm just starting to get into hiking I'm looking forward to it and think about it constantly as it is my escape from everything. Thanks for all the info, your site is down to earth and easy to use. Take care and happy hiking.
May 11, 2013 - ESol
Hello hiking dude. I've only done hikes locally around the San Jose, CA bay area. Quick Silver, Alum Rock, along with some others. Most recently with my hound dog Sasha.. She loves long hikes and it's great bonding. Planning a over night hike with friends in Arizona, Grand Canyon in Sept. Thank you for all the information on this site! You really could save a life preparing someone who was possibly quite unprepared for a long hike.
Sep 08, 2013 - Tim
Your site is very helpful.I'm new to hiking.Like to see and enjoy more of this world walking through it.Will be following this site.Thanks
Oct 15, 2013 - Wendy
Hello Hiking Dude! Enjoying your web-site. Started hiking/backpacking a few years ago after a visit to GSMNP ... been hooked ever sincer. Just moved from St. Louis to MN so have enjoyed a few miles on the SHT but being Mom to school aged kids makes it tough to do a thru hike. Plan on doing at least from Finland to Gooseberry next fall if I can get Gma and Gpa to stay with the kids. Hope to hike the AT GSMNP section this July. Looking for other middle-aged women to take trips with is a challenge, though being alone on the trail has its benefits. My son is a Weebelo Scout and hopefully in another few years I'll have the perfect hiking buddy! I look forward to watching your progress on your other planned hikes. Thanks for all the info.
Oct 23, 2013 - Hiking Dude
@Wendy - welcome to MN! The SHT is a great trail for older scouts. If you have questions as you start planning your trek, feel free to holler.
Dec 26, 2013 - Jennifer Lucio
Just found your blog and using your list as a guide for what were planning as our first hiking smart season. We've done start park trails on a whim but now we are investing in gear so we can begin to tackle new adventures!
Mar 19, 2014 - Zak
If you had to pick just one of the suggested backpacking excursions, which one would you choose?
Mar 19, 2014 - Hiking Dude
@Zak - Asking about the SHT treks on shta.org/Trail/TrailRecTrips.php
I would do the 2nd one, from Cascade River to Oberg Mountain. It includes Poplar River, Lake Agnes, and view of Lake Superior.
Mar 25, 2014 - sam
I ran into this website a year or so back; a seed that was planted years ago (while trying to learn about hiking info to pass on to my mother. Your website allowed me to pass on with confidence information about supplies she may want to consider. Thank you for this help.
I have been interested in hiking since I took my college orientation trip (Baron Chairback A! WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO-YAAAAAAA!! ) and did enjoy it. The people around me, kept my spirits up while I was in uncharted apparel.
Now, I am finally taking actions to get back into hiking. I can't thank you enough for your words of wisdom and encouragement. Your website is thorough, and fun to read. I keep it handy, and is a bedrock of my belief that I am a hiker too.
Jun 08, 2014 - Jerry Harp
Thanks a bunch Hiking Dude for the time and effort you've put into this simple, encouraging site. Great job!
I started moving seriously about 14 years ago on a bicycle. Crossed the US twice on two wheels. Lately getting into long distance walking. Goal is fun and mobility 'til I drop dead.
Keep movin' folks.
Aug 13, 2014 - Adam
The articles on preparation, food, and especially how to avoid blisters, really saved me on my 4-day trip through the rockies. It rained the whole time and I was soaked but I was comfortable, thanks to you. I can't thank you enough for taking the time and effort to put up all this great info. You rock!
Aug 16, 2014 - Adam (Anvil)
That's a lot of distance in 3 days! I was looking at the map and if you keep it up, you'll be in NYC by November :)
Nov 07, 2014 - Dave [Zarem]
Have you ever considered hiking Hayduke Trail?
Jan 30, 2015 - Karen Cote
I want to thank you for this wonderful website, the most comprehensive I've seen. My husband and I are going to hike the Long Trail in Vermont. Are you familiar with this trail and do you have any specific words of wisdom about our undertaking? We start on July 1st and have taken the whole month off work giving us 31 days, if needed. Thanks for any advice you have.
Feb 03, 2015 - Hiking Dude
@Karen - I've not hiked the Long Trail yet. There are lots of journals about it online - start with this one
. That time of year, my biggest concerns would be rain, humidity, and insects. Other than that, I'd expect you'll have a great time since you are setting aside plenty of time and there are many shelters.
Aug 19, 2015 - Scott Coghill
Great site and I love all the information. Next year, I retire from
a lifetime of sitting behind a desk and keying on a computer. I've
been walking, hiking, biking and other stuff to slight moderation.
Yes, I'm slightly overweight and a bad knee that is better with
these lub injections I just started taking. However, a few years
ago, I did a one day, 20 mile hike up in the Porkies and loved it,
even though, at the time, I figured I'd die on the side of the
trail and be eaten by wild animals. I have an itch to train much
better for next year and spend a month hiking and camping. If you
could choose one spot to do a month long hike, where would you go?
I live in Wisconsin but I'm okay with going out of state as well.
Aug 19, 2015 - Hiking dude
@Scott - I would choose some place
out west that had mountains, less
humidity, fewer bugs, and more open
space than WI. A month could get
you through the OR or WA parts of
the Pacific crest trail. But there
are many other areas where you could
do shorter treks with rest breaks
Aug 24, 2015 - Christian P
I'll be hiking in Appalachian Trail before the end of the year and your blog inspires me more to do it sooner. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Oct 05, 2015 - Vanilla Thunder
Hey Dude. I miss the trail. I enjoyed hiking with you. My feet are still a little sore but improving. A Town was delayed by the weather but should be finishing around10/18.
Oct 05, 2015 - Hiking Dude
@Vanilla Thunder - I've seen pics of the downed trees and flooding
around the trail. I'm not sad that I'm missing that, but am sad
I'm not reaching Springer with A-Town.
Anyone want to see A-Town's
latest blog posts, check out his blog
Dec 21, 2015 - Scoutmaster Eckel
I live North of Perry, FL. I would like to know how to help you out and maybe have you speak to our Scout Troop when you come through. Some are going to Philmont next summer.
Apr 16, 2016 - Abigail -Sunshine
Hey Hiking Dude!! We finished the trail! It was such a
pleasure meeting you and we hope that one day you
would be able to finish the trail! I remembered that you
said to send a message to you asking for the Dutch over
cookbook that you have created. My home address is
1760 NW 11th Ave Homestead FL 33030. I hope all of
your other leave no trace books are going well! Happy
hiking!! -Sunshine and TrailMix :))
Aug 31, 2016 - Patrick
Cool pics, man you hike far. My
partner and I just picked this up
and started documenting for fun too
spreading from dfw first.
Nov 03, 2016 - Andi
I have referred to your page many times since I decided to plan for
a major trek! Thank you. I just wondered what suggestions you have
for a tent? Do you have favorite brands, etc? I want to stay in a
lower budget but also don't want a piece of crap. I'm looking for a
one person, lightweight. Thank you!!
Nov 03, 2016 - Hiking Dude
@Andi - On longer trips, I've stopped using tents and use a tarp
and bug net. It's lighter, more flexible, and works great for
I don't know what "lower budget" means to you, but the canopy
tents and internal bug nets made by John at Bear Paw Wilderness Designs
are really good and cost from $100 up, depending on what you want.
See my Florida
to see the shelters we used.
Jan 30, 2017 - Corina
Rapping my toes work better
then padding them. No
blisters. Hiking for 5 to 8
days in 4 months. If i start
training now will I be ready?
In Yosemite the John Muir
Feb 03, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Corina - I feel that general daily activity, like walking and
core exercises, to keep weight down and muscles moving are
enough up to a month or so before a long hike. About 5 weeks
before the backpacking trip is the time to start training with
longer hikes carrying gear. This gives feet, muscles, and
joints time to get used to the extra work and load. I think
specific training more than a month before a trip doesn't hurt,
but also doesn't make me more ready for the trip. If you're
hoping to lose weight before the trip, then increasing activity
and reducing consumption as soon as possible is the thing to do.
Feb 16, 2017 - Corina
If your a social drinker will
it be an issue with a five
day hike and altitud? Going
Mar 25, 2017 - Jiahao (Leo) Li
Hi Hiking dude.
I just want to say thank you.
I was reading your blog before for preparing my
first hike in NZ at end of this year's January.
My girlfriend and I went to the Blue Lake and it
was amazing. We also got back alive.
Thanks for your sharing!
Apr 18, 2017 - Karli
Hi Hiking Dude! Have you ever heard of the famous Bruce Trail in Tobermory, Ontario? It is definitely a hiking trek to scratch off your list. Your website rocks!
Apr 18, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Karli - I checked out brucetrail.org and it sounds like they have
a great chapter organization supporting the trail. Maybe I'll get
to do that one some day.
Apr 23, 2017 - Corina
Any ideas to pack your bwar
Apr 23, 2017 - Corina
Down on the
Apr 26, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Corina - wherever it fits. Sticking out on the back of your pack
is probably the worst spot for balance and comfort.
May 17, 2017 - Corina
My boyfriend thinking to
take the bear can back and
get the smaller one. He is
having a hard time packing
it. Thank you
Jun 19, 2017 - Corina
My boyfriend has 4 weeks
until his hiking trip.
Is it a good
idea to reuse cooking
For his daily
Im thinking about
Is it a good or bad
Jun 20, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Corina - I would think the packaging
that food came in would wear out very
quickly if it were used to cook in. It
does not sound like a good idea to me,
but maybe you are asking something I am
Jun 20, 2017 - Corina
Mountain house hiking food.
5 day hiking using one packet
over and over to cook
meals? I just dont want my
boyfriend get stomach issues.
Jun 21, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Corina - I don't understand what he
gains by doing that. The food has to be
packaged in something so I don't see much
of a weight savings by repackaging from
the original MH bags.
Doesn't sound like
a good idea to me.
Jun 21, 2017 - Corina
Thats what i have
been telling him.
Jun 23, 2017 - Corina
Thanks for all the advice.
week ago on a strenuous hike
with my boyfriend half ways
down my hiking pole got stuck
in a hole and there I fell and
twisted my ankle Dr said no
hiking off my feet 4weeks.
Jul 24, 2017 - Stuart "Vanilla Thunder" Rackley
My feet are doing well. I still have 800 miles calling to me. I smoothed out some bumps at work and I am going back out on 8/30/17. Looks like you are committed else where, but I was still putting it out there. Hope your hike goes well.
Aug 03, 2017 - Jerome Rusher
I am a big fan of your website and would love some of your stickers
or decals if you have any.
Thanks in advance.
S. Iris Lane #4B
Escondido, CA 92026
Aug 10, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Jerome - see sticker page
to order nearly
free stickers. But I can't send them
to you until September because I'm out
Oct 25, 2017 - Monica Ramsey
Great to run into you two at Ross Lake. Hope the rest of your trip went well! Hike On!!
Oct 26, 2017 - Hiking Dude
@Monica - Our afternoon rest at Ross Lake Resort was a great break
from the HOT hiking. From there on it was easy. (HA!) No, but it
was a wonderful experience.
Dec 06, 2017 - Judd Wagstaff
This list is great, I got a few of these last year and my buddy
loved them. However, you should add campcloud hammocks on here for
sure. I found their site a few months ago after seeing they
sponsored most outdoor trade shows. Their prices are half off other
hammock companies and I think the designs are pretty awesome, but
maybe that is just me! But quality is definitely amazing. It's
www.campcloudcrew.com if you do another write-up!
Feb 07, 2018 - Gina Wildermuth
Hello. I am currently training for
a high elevation hike...fourteener.
My physical training/condtioning will be good (live
at sea level), but worried about lack of O2.
Can you recommend a supplemental oxygen company or ???
Jun 19, 2018 - JuanBarreda
Nice, thanks for the followi on instagram
May 26, 2023 - jodi cheever
Hi Paul and Kelly. Loved the book you sent me thank you so much. I lost your contact info
somewhere between Costa Rica and Portland. Let me know if you ever come through
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