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Going Bananas

“When I first started hiking, I was told that certain foods are biodegradable and OK to leave behind. For years, I’ve tossed banana peels,

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3. First Tracks
Already checked off the AT, PCT, and CDT and looking for your next challenge? Try Chile’s Route of Parks, a 1,700-mile trail connecting 17 national parks, five of which were established in the last two years. It’s been thru-hiked, but by very few. Th
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Runner’s High
Explore more trail in a pair of running shoes. Plus: Train to carry a heavy pack, prepare three ultralight no-cook recipes, and optimize pack space by rolling your sleeping pad the right way. PATITUCCIPHOTO ■
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2. Find your Path
FOOTPRINTS PEELED OFF into a lonesome canyon and we followed, around bends and across sandy benches, until the canyon walls closed in and sunlight turned to shadow. We were supposed to be nearing an exit, but there didn’t seem to be any end in sight.