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Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 4Y ago

Don't Forget Your Permits for Your 2018 Hike!

Don't Forget! The Wonderland Trail circles Mt Rainier In several places in the western states, permits are required for popular backpacking ventures and are done by lottery or are first...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2W ago

5 Ways to go-fund Your Long Distance Hike

I just saw a post on a Facebook group of two hikers that set up a fundraiser on GoFundMe so folks can donate to their upcoming long distance hike. I must say, it raised my ire. To ask for mo...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2W ago

What a Year of Blissful Hiking

2017 ended up being a year of great hiking adventures across several states! The Florida Trail: What began at the end of 2016 in the Great Cypress Swamp started up once more in earnest i...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1M ago

Day Hiking in the Winter

Winter snow and ice on the Pocosin Hollow trail in Shenandoah National Park A day hike in the winter can be a wonderful experience. Cold, brisk days. Outstanding views you can’t see in the...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1Y ago

Some Gear Favs from Blissful Hiking

Here are some of Blissful Hiking's favorite gear picks; it has not changed, I STILL love this stuff... :) The Evernew water bottle. Compatible with the Sawyer squeeze filter (see below ...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 2M ago

A Mother's Pride

This guest blog is from a mother who sent her daughter off an adventure along the Appalachian Trail. It serves as a wonderful reminder for women to achieve their hiking dream (and never let ...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1Y ago

Lightening that Backpacking Load

One of the things I love to do as a hiker advocate, educator, and ridgerunner is helping hikers eliminate unnecessary weight from their packs in what's called a pack shakedown. I had the opp...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1Y ago

Hiking Safety During Hunting Season from the ATC

(This is reposted from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy web site. They are good reminders as we  are now in the main hunting season. Be extra vigilant. I did a good portion of my southbound...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 4Y ago

Safety and Hikes in the Fall Season

Max Patch in NC There’s nothing better than a backpacking trip in the woods at the peak of leaf change. The air is crisp, the colors of the changing leaves brilliant, and the expectation is...
Blissful Hiking Thoughts · 1Y ago

I Need Water – 7 Things You Can Do in Dry Conditions

Fall is here and so too water can dry up - here are some reminders on what you can do when water is low on the trail - It has been very dry all along the Appalachians in the Eastern US, pro...