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 Colorful Trails Perfect for Fall

October 13, 2020

It was gone as fast as it came – Summer 2020 has come to a close. While there were some roadblocks along the way, we still had a blast getting out in the sun on our favorite trails in our

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American Backcountry Artist Profile – David Sheldon

August 28, 2020

American Backcountry tees and shirts feature a wide range of illustrations and styles. From topographic drawings, to clever sketches of animals and famous outdoor figures, to iconic scenery from key trails and hikes. The art on the shirts are interpretive

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National Summit Day – 3 Stunning Peaks of the United States

August 14, 2020

The start of August marks National Summit Day – a day set aside to appreciate any and every summit and the humbling views they bestow. Whether you heaved groceries up the hill on your walk home, or collapsed after 10

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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,


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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