Category Archives: Hiking


Hammocks vs Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

The pros and cons directly from Rose ‘Comics’ Turner, who is finishing her thru-hike. I’ve been thru-hiking south on the Appalachian Trail, and have primarily used a hammock system, but have spent roughly a dozen or so nights in the three-wall shelters as well. There are a few other common sleeping systems, but I’d like […]

Appalachian Trail Guide – Shipping Hiking Gear to a Post Office or Mail Drop Near You.

River and Peak Outfitter will ship your gear order to you while you are hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), or any other long trail within the US. You can place an order online or by phone (We have more items in our store than on our website). […]

River and Peak Outfitter is now a part of the AT Passport Program

Orgins of the AT Passport The Appalachian Trail Passport Program was modeled after the passport used to document the journey along the “Camino de Santiago” in northern Spain. Hikers along the path get their passport stamped at each hostel along the way to document the experience and ensure the path was accomplished along the official […]

Bear Safety In The Shenandoah Valley

Why is Bear Safety Important Black Bears can be commonly seen in the Shenandoah National Park and surrounding areas. Most wildlife encounters occur without impact to the visitor or the animal. But occasionally interactions with bears pose a risk to people, personal property, or the animal itself. Bears are hungry and are always on the […]