PACK STORIES

If you have a passion-filled adventure planned for this Valentines weekend, then listen up, because Caroline knows how to make sure love is still there at the finish line. More
Pack Story
February 4, 2015

Hiking 37 Volcanoes in 27 days

By: Tobias Mews
Four young men set off at the beginning of January to hike 37 volcanoes in just 27 gruelling days. Here's what happened. More
Pack Story
January 20, 2015

Top 10 Speed Hikes Around the World

By: Max Willcocks
Grab the essentials and get speed hiking - you will get rid of any extra clutter and cover bigger distances all in one go. Where are your favourite speed hikes? More
We'd all love to be able to say we've climbed Mount Everest, swum the English Channel or perhaps ridden in the Tour de France - but sadly, unless we're wealthy, have the ability to withstand the cold and have a genetic super ability that surpasses most, we have to accept that these ambitions will simply remain dreams. Or do we? Amanda MacMillan tells us more. More
Hong Kong is known for it's skyscrapers and buildings. But just outside the city boundaries, lie some of the world's most spectacular hiking trails. Rachel Duffell tells us how she fell in love with trail running. More
It’s amazing how much you can do under your own steam. Check out these record-breaking adventures completed using only human-powered transport. More
Pack Story
January 9, 2015

Kayaking the Length of Britain

By: Emily Bell
Pack member Emily Bell talks about her experience as the support kayak for Sean Conway’s attempt to swim the length of Britain. Kayaking the UK is no easy feat – especially if you’re afraid of water! More
Picture yourself trail running in the Alps around Mont Blanc massif. This account details the ups and downs of Alpine trail running in summer 2014. More
Pack Story
December 31, 2014

Stand-Up Paddleboarding the Lower Missouri

By: Emily Bell
Adventure down the Missouri River with a newcomer who learns how to paddleboard. See the effect of man on nature as she travels down the river. More
Pack Story
December 28, 2014

Make room for the unknown

By: The Pack Team
How we battled the intense Icelandic weather and confronted the wonder of the unknown while hiking in Iceland. Make room for the unknown in your life despite what weather comes your way. More
Pack Story
December 25, 2014

What's my motivation?

By: Alan Martin
As someone who isn't a natural athlete, in much the same way that a sardine isn't a natural toaster, I've been plagued by a recurring question in the last few weeks: What's my motivation? More
Pack Story
December 17, 2014

Exploring India by Motorcycle

By: Josh Koerpel
Josh Koerpel takes us along on his North India tour. Exploring India by motorcycle, Josh’s trip takes him from New Delhi to the north, past Buddhist temples and ancient cities. More
Pack Story
December 10, 2014

The wonderful world of night running

By: Tobias Mews
When given the option of going for a run either at night or during the day, most of us would naturally choose the daylight option. More
Pack Story
December 3, 2014

Mud Glorious Mud

By: Becca Jones
Training for an obstacle run was tough – but a lot more fun than logging marathon training miles. And my first mud run – a Tough Mudder – was full of support from my team and total strangers. More
Looking for a winter escape, a great place for some winter camping, or the perfect family retreat with plenty of winter activities? Check out Algonquin Provincial Park in winter. More
Pack Story
November 19, 2014

Alone in Antarctica

By: Felicity Aston
Felicity Aston was the first woman to ski alone in Antarctica. While skiing across the continent of Antarctica she discovered was it was like to truly be alone in the majesty of nature. More
Pack Story
November 12, 2014

Fly-Fishing in New Zealand

By: Edward Burrell
Discover adventure in New Zealand with remote, cold-water fly-fishing in the glacier-melt rivers of Christchurch. Plan your New Zealand fly-fishing trip today. More
Pack Story
November 5, 2014

My Final Couch-to-5k Run

By: Alan Martin
I’ve done it – my first 5k run. October 26th marked my last couch-to-5k run and the completion of my 5k training plan. Read about my 5k experience. More
Adam Walker is an accomplished long-distance swimmer and has swam the hardest seven oceans in the world. Read about his training to swim the English Channel. More
Pack Story
October 29, 2014

The People You Meet Along the Way

By: Heather Geluk
Heather Geluk, the Diva in Down, tells us about why she hikes and the people she’s met. One of the benefits of mountain climbing is that it helps you find yourself while being immersed in other cultures. More
Pack Story
October 22, 2014

Trail Magic

By: The Tougas Family
Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail gives you a chance to appreciate the AT’s culture and community – including the blessings of trail magic left behind by trail angels to support you on your way. More
Pack Story
October 15, 2014

The Rise of Women in Sports

By: Anna McNuff
The rise of female athletes and attention on women’s sports is encouraging. By increasing participation and having positive, visible role models, we can get more women in sports. More
Pack Story
October 8, 2014

Cycling Around the World

By: Alice Goffart
Alice Goffart tells us what it was like cycling around the world with her family. Their bike trips are an unstructured, relaxing and fun way to experience other cultures. More
5k isn't very far. It's just over three miles, or according to my FitBit pedometer around 3,000 steps. Steps are easy, I take them every day: usually between 5,000 to 12,000 of 'em. I've been taking steps on and off, for nearly 30 years. More
Get tips from the Tougas family to avoid hiking injuries on the trail. When you’re long-distance hiking, avoiding injury is a serious concern and these tips can help you stay on your trip. More
Pack Story
September 17, 2014

Something to aim for: couch to 5k

By: Alan Martin
If you missed my first post on The Pack, all you really need to know is that I am a writer first and a runner second. In fact, I may be a runner sixth or seventh depending on how enthusiastic I feel about cats or barbecue food on a given day. These blog posts catalogue my attempts at getting better. More
Discover the benefits of trail running. Cure road-running malaise and even running injuries from pavement wear and tear by hitting the trails. More
Always be better than you person best by constantly striving for a new personal record (PR). Aim each day to be better than the day before. More
Pack Story
August 27, 2014

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

By: Ed Hewitt
Explore your city. You don’t have to be a world traveller to discover something new. Recently Ed Hewitt, a London native, set off to do some sightseeing and visit local London attractions, cementing for him the benefits of being a tourist in your own town. More
Discover the benefits of alternative transportation on your morning commute. Green transportation alternatives like biking or running are not only good for the environment, they’re a good way to get in your workout More
If the incredible men and women writing about their feats of endurance are rightly called Merrell Alphas, I’m a Merrell Gamma at best. In fact, me writing about running is a bit like a goldfish penning a column on castles: sure, he may have seen a replica of one in his bowl, but he’s probably still not best placed to write a piece about Neuschwanstein. More
Pack Story
July 30, 2014

53 Days At Sea

By: Dan Howie
Learn about Dan Howie’s 53 days at sea during his rowing race across the Atlantic. With no experience, Howie decided to row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Find out how he and friend Will North fared in their quest. More
What’s it like to have your finish line be your starting line? Read on to hear about Ben Rolfe’s decision to complete two ultra-trail runs back to back – one of which was the Cro-Magnon Extreme Race. More
Pack Story
July 16, 2014

A Red Centre Adventure

By: Rian Cope
Rian Cope tells us about his cross-country bike trip along the Red Centre Way in Australia. Learn from his decision to turn back, and his decision to go back and try the Oodnadatta Track again this year. More
Pack Story
July 9, 2014

Swimming the Mighty Amazon River

By: The Pack Team
Learn more about Martin Strel and how he broke a long-distance swimming record when he swam the Amazon River in 2007. Battling piranhas, crocodiles, exhaustion and several near-death experiences while swimming the Amazon, Strel made it through. More
Pack Story
July 2, 2014

Trails and Tribulations

By: Sam Guinness
Looking to do some trail running in Hong Kong? Learn more about Sam Guinness' experience on the Maclehose Trail in the Vibram HK100. A diverse and scenic race, the HK 100 is an exhausting adventure over the hills and valleys of beautiful Hong Kong. More
Pack Story
June 25, 2014

London2London: Via the World

By: Sarah Outen
Rowing across the ocean, biking across Europe and Asia, kayaking across major bodies of water – Sarah Outen is on a mission to get from London2London using all man-powered travel. More
Pack Story
June 18, 2014

An Unlikely Adventurer

By: Emily Bell
Jamie is the first person ever to complete an unsupported, cross-Canada run. The coast-to-coast run included a total of 200+ marathons; covering more than 5,000 miles in 11 months and raising more than $200,000 for children’s charities in the UK and Canada in the process. More
Pack Story
June 11, 2014

Pirates of the Danube

By: Jamie Bowlby-Whiting
After cycling 1,000 miles across Europe on a $50 bicycle, I was in need of a new mode of transport and wanted to push my boundaries in a new direction by travelling in a more unorthodox way. I had ended my trip near the Danube River in Slovakia, offering me the perfect opportunity of fulfilling a childhood dream and utilizing the river as a mode of transport: I would become a pirate. More

When you're craving adventure but can't leave your desk, check out some of these inspirational trail stories from the Merrell Pack. Told by our Alpha pack members, the Pack stories on our blog span a breadth of outdoor activities worldwide. These firsthand accounts of multi-day challenges, first-time adventures and getting over injuries are inspiring hiking and running stories, written to get you up and outside so you can tell some of your own. Check back each week to read a new pack story and find your motivation and inspiration for the journey ahead. In the meantime, browse our men's hiking boots, women's running shoes and more to find the footwear you need for all your outdoor adventures.