Matthew Geer

613 Flips | 3 Magazines | 6 Likes | 2,438 Followers | @GSMNP_HIKER | I am a avid hiker . I have hiked over 700 miles of the 800 miles in the GSMNP . I have also hiked over 400 miles of the Appalachian Trail .

OutdoorGearLab Gives New Awards for the Best Women's Hiking Boots

After hiking countless miles in eleven pair of women's hiking boots through the Sierra Nevada backcountry and trails of Yosemite Valley, …


Tips on How to Choose the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Do you know the difference between traditional, bottomless, hood-less, wearable, bed and quilt bags? Wondering what a neck baffle or draft tube is? …


OutdoorGearLab Awards Top Winter Jackets for Men

Fourteen of the best technical and casual winter jackets were compared side-by-side by the outdoor gear experts at OutdoorGearLab. Each contender was …


The Best Water Bottles of 2017

<b>Updated Fall 2017</b><br>This September we added an exciting notable product: the <b>Katadyn BeFree</b>. It's a top pick for portability in our backpacking water …

Winter Jacket Buying Advice From OutdoorGearLab

OutdoorGearLab review editors have written a very informative article to help you choose the best winter jacket for your particular needs. First, the …


Awards for the Best Day Backpacks by OutdoorGearLab

Looking for the best daypack? Expert gear editors at OutdoorGearLab tested ten of the highest rated products available on the market today. Each …


Altimeter Watch Awards Granted by OutdoorGearLab

OutdoorGearLab gear review experts tested six prominent altimeter watches side-by-side while hiking and backpacking to over ten thousand feet in …


The Best New Outdoor Tech of 2016

1<p>SHARES<p>We know—you go hiking to get away from gadgets. But here's the thing: The right electronics can help you go deeper and further by doing some …

Gear & Gadgets

Clear blue skies for days. Could actually see Atlanta from the top of blood mountain. #appalachiantrail #backpacking

How to Buy the Right Sleeping Bag

>> Calculate the lowest temperature you expect to encounter. Now subtract 10 degrees. That's your target rating.<br>>> In the store, lay the bag out and …


United Methodist chaplain covers 2,190 miles, building relationships

If you trip over a rock in Pennsylvania along the Appalachian Trail and develop a hernia, how much further could you go?<p>If you’re Bert “WILDCAT” …


The Best Winter Boots for Men of 2017

<b>Updated December 2017</b><br>Winter is on its way, and we keep this review up to date so you can keep your feet happy all season long. The only major update …

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite Review

Buying a camping pad is a complex gamble that will often take an avid backpacker years of expensive trial and error to win. Every pro has its con; …


Best Hiking Socks


Appalachian Trail Conservancy Sees Record Number of Thru-Hikers in 2015

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) continues to see a record-breaking number of hikers who pass through its Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, …


The Best Backpacking Packs for Women

<b>Updated November 2017</b><br>Our experts backpacked across the Sierras, Rocky Mountains, and Wind River Range this summer, putting each competitor to the …

The Best Rain Jacket for Women

<b>Updated April 2017</b><br>As the weather warms and snow flurries turn to rain showers, we've updated this review to better assist your search for the perfect …


The Best Fleece Jacket for Women

Best Overall Women's Fleece Jacket<p>Patagonia R1 Hoody - Women's<p>$111.30<p>at Backcountry<p>Patagonia keeps making their classic performance fleece even …


Klymit Motion 60 Backpack Review

Backpacking with the Klymit Motion 60 BackpackThe Klymit Motion 60 is a multi-day backpack that uses a removable inflatable pad to augment its frame …


Pretty little spot by Campsite 18 #GSMNP #hikerchat

One of the views from Rich Mtn Trail on this glorious spring-like day in the Smokies. #GSMNP #hiking

For your Hump Day, a different kind of waterfall than what's outside right now. #SpruceFlatFalls @GreatSmokyNPS

Indian Flats Falls sounds better in this one! ⛰🏞🎥

The power a a waterfall in slo-motion is just fascinating to me! #hiking #GSMNP #IndianFlatFalls

My first solo hike! Indian Flat Falls. #GSMNP

OutdoorGearLab Experts Offer Insight on How to Choose the Best Down Jacket

This article goes over the different types of technical insulated jackets available on the market today. It explains the difference between …


How to Choose the Best Rain Jacket for Women

A rain jacket is a rain jacket, right? Not so fast. In our review of this year's top rain shells, we gathered some of the most hyped, most liked, and …


The 12 Best Books and Movies About Thru-Hiking

155<p>SHARES<p><b>Want in-depth, expert help planning your thru-hike? Sign up for our upcoming Thru-Hiking 101 class with professional hiker Liz "Snorkel"</b> …


7 Women Who Made History on the Appalachian Trail - The Trek

I’ve noticed a pattern. In my research of parks, mountains, and other places of interest on the Appalachian Trail, I’ve come across a great deal of …