Notes from the trail

Welcome to American Backcountry’s Notes from the Trail. Here we share stories and thoughts from some of our favorite contributors. Each mountain is different and each trip has a different story – these are notes collected along the trail.

5 Start of Summer Gear Essentials by Jack Carballo

July 10, 2020

Last month was a big month for camping. Not only was it National Camping Week (from June 21st to June 27th) but it also marked the first day of Summer on June 20th. It’s the time of the year we’ve

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Our Favorite Trail Gear by American Backcountry

May 14, 2020

As the storm starts to clear, we are finally seeing select National Parks and trails open back up for recreational use. A few include Great Smoky Mountains, Gateway National Recreation Area and Glen Canyon – all of which opened

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Should I Hike During COVID-19?

May 8, 2020

By Nancy East of Hope and Feather Travels,

BEST HIKING PRACTICES DURING COVID-19 

Last fall, if someone asked me to make a list of what might delay someone’s thru hike or my own FKT (fastest known time) attempt this …

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Thru-Hiking America: The Top 3 Trails

April 7, 2020

AT Trail Tee

Not many companies are born on the trail – figuratively speaking – like American Backcountry. Seasoned outdoorsman and traveler Frank Hintz turned his love for our national landmarks into shirts that were made for embarking on them. It all …

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Making the Switch – Saying No to Single Use Plastics by Justin Forrest

May 17, 2019

Throughout our lives, we have heard horror stories about the use of plastic and the negative consequences it has on our planet. It’s dangerous to our animal population, it takes thousands of years to fully break down, and there is

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Mikah Meyer and the Roadtrip of a Lifetime

May 5, 2019

As outdoor enthusiasts, our National Parks are always on the radar when it comes to road tripping. For us mere mortals, we generally have one, two, maybe three parks we’d hit on any given journey.

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5 Tips If You Must Hike Alone by Lisa Landes

December 10, 2018

One person sitting in a tent looking out at the view

Adventure is awaiting at every turn, but sometimes we can’t find another adventurer to join.  Should you stay home just because you can’t find anyone to join you? While we don’t recommend solo hiking, if you do go out alone …

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Top 10 Hiking Trails in the US

November 14, 2018

Best Hiking Trails in the US

With 2019 just around the corner, you might already be working on your hiking bucket list. To give you a head start, we selected some of our favorite national hiking spots to pick from. A tour around some of these …

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The National Parks you May Not Know About by Lisa Landes

October 30, 2018

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Visiting National Parks in your area or throughout the United States is a great opportunity to not only hike and enjoy the outdoors, but to learn new things along the way from history to life-skills. With 58 national parks throughout …

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Fall in the Colorado Mountains by Lisa Landes

October 18, 2018

Colorado Adventures

Colorado is notorious for the beautiful Aspens that grow in the area and their fall colors in September and October. The trees spread throughout Rocky Mountain National Park and beyond as rays of yellow, orange and some red. But the …

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