On The Trail

A series of geeky interviews with lightweight backpackers around the world. I'll ask them what they take on the trail, and along the way we'll all learn more about what makes this sport great.


Paul Mags

Pmagsco

Who are you, what do you do?

The name is Paul Magnanti. Paul Mags or just Mags for short. I work as an IT Monkey (TM) during the day to fund my outdoor habits.

My personal home in Cyberspace is pmags.com where I post my trips reports, photos and advice. It's been described as down-to-earth, straight forward, and practical. Kinda describes me as well. :)

I've been fortunate enough to hike an alphabet soup of trails (AT, PCT, CDT, and so on) and try to get out every weekend. In addition to backpacking, I'm an avid backcountry skier. In the past few years, I've also taken up alpine and trad climbing. Besides my website, I also co-host a podcast at thetrailshow.com. We discuss the hiking lifestyle. Our motto is "Less gear and more beer"! :) I'll occasionally assist Andew Skurka on his guided offerings.

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Nick Truax

Who are you, what do you do?

Born and raised in a small off-the-grid cabin located in the Adirondack foothills of New York, my current backyard is some relatively remote, and rugged Northern Rockies country. I get out as much as possible and enjoy travelling efficiently and quickly in the wilderness. Currently about to finish a degree in GIS and physical geography, I intend on applying it towards environmental conservation. I also work for the amazing Bozeman-based company, Prolite Gear.

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Philip Werner

Philipwerner

Who are you, what do you do?

I'm best known for my blog SectionHiker.com about lightweight backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I've also completed Vermont's Long Trail and have backpacked coast-to-coast across Scotland twice in the TGO Challenge. I'm a hiking and backpacking trip leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club and a Guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures. I serve as a Long Trail Mentor for the Green Mountain Club and as a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

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