The Following: Life On-Trail

Introducing our favorite 2018 Thru Hikers.

Every year we’re inundated (and frankly honored) with hundreds of requests for supporting someone’s dream thru hike. Unfortunately, it’s simply impossible to hook up everyone with gear, but there are always a few stand-outs that grab our attention for any number of reasons. This year is no different, and we’ve got folks using our Windrider and Southwest packs on every major (and not-so-major) trail this summer. If you’re reading this and currently on-trail somewhere, drop us a line (contact@hyperlitemountaingear.com). We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re like us – and you are to some degree – living the trail life vicariously through social media updates, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite trail characters to keep an eye on this summer.

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Q&A: Two friends packrafting thru Kamchatka, Russia

Words & Photos by Nathan Shoutis and Thomas Kinsley

Thomas and I started packrafting in the early days of Alpacka Rafts – around 2005- when it was still a one-woman operation working out of a garage in Eagle River, Alaska. We first met on the south end of Kodiak Island, Alaska, working at a remote field camp for Fish and Game. From there we embarked on a two-week gentlemen’s stroll across the length of the island’s glacially carved mountainous spine from our camp back to the town of Kodiak. That was our first joint expedition, and this 2017 packrafting trip to Kamchatka was the 10-year anniversary mission, which made it even more special.

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Exploring the Gates of the Arctic via Packraft

Words by Dulkara Martig // Photos by Ben Weigl & Dulkara Martig It was mid-August, and fall was fast approaching in Alaska. Locals were squeezing in their last summer trips before the winter set in. Bears were munching on the last of the berries. Bursts of orange, yellow, and red danced across the tundra, and fresh […]

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Introducing: Updated Hip Belt Pockets

WE GOT IT. WE CHANGED IT. When our design intentions and your reactions line up, that’s the sweet spot. We don’t always nail it on the first try, though – case and point, the dimensions of the original hip belt pockets on our popular 2400, 3400, and 4400 packs. The common theme in the feedback […]

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2018 Continental Divide Trail Coalition Partnership

For 2018, we’re happy to partner once again with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. The CDTC’s goal to protect the countless breathtaking natural resources along the 3,100-mile trail is a noble one, and it’s work we believe in supporting. In 2017, this ever-growing organization was the conduit for nearly 39,000 hours of trail maintenance from […]

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To: An Aspiring Thru Hiker

Words by Annie MacWilliams // Photos by Brian Threlkeld With Love, from a Triple Crowner First off, right now, you’re an “Aspiring Thru Hiker.” Until you finish your trail, you’re not yet a Thru-Hiker. You are certainly “thru-hiking”, but stay humble, the trail is hard for more than a few reasons, and you may not finish […]

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2018 Appalachian Trail Days – Damascus, Virginia

Every year, we make the pilgrimage to Damascus, Virginia for the annual Appalachian Trail Days festival. Three days in Appalachia amongst some of our favorite people on Earth: accomplished and aspiring Thru-Hikers. The sheer number of people from every walk of life that pass thru Trail Town over the weekend never fails to amaze us. If […]

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Cinco de Mayo: Backcountry Hydration Essentials

Celebrate without limits. From deep in the Grand Canyon backcountry, ambassador Rich Rudow demonstrates his preferred way to mix up some ultralight margaritas while offering personal speculation into what ancient agave roasting in the region was really about. Recipe: Backcountry Margaritas Ingredients: Water Tequila Crystal Light (or similar) Lemonade Mix Instructions: Mix water + tequila. […]

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A Hiker’s Return: The Pacific Crest Trail

Words & Photos by Tommy “Twerk” Corey On the Pacific Crest Trail: Determination is the name of the game. I got home tonight around 1AM, and after a long day of fake smiling and clearing dirty plates, I was ecstatic to take off my grease stained work clothes and seclude myself from the outside world. […]

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Pack Discipline Starts Here: Stuff Sacks + Pods

No Matter Where You Are. Every Piece of Gear Matters. A perfected ultralight set up results in more time to enjoy the experiences of your endeavor. Our Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (formerly Cuben Fiber) Stuff Sacks and Pods let you achieve that perfection with myriad ways to dial in, organize, protect, and even lighten the system […]

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