What Recreation Passes Do I Need in the PNW?

Recreation Passes and Backcountry Permits could easily be considered the 11th Essential here in the PNW because most trailheads require one. Not having a recreation pass is just as bad as putting the wrong pass out. I’m constantly questioning myself at the trailhead, trying to figure out which pass to use. For those of you who often find yourself in this same situation, this post is for you. Here’s to taking the mystery out of recreation passes used in the PNW. Read more…

Hiking Brand Ambassador

How I Became a Hiking Brand Ambassador

When I first started hiking, I often daydreamed about becoming a Hiking Brand Ambassador. Never once in a million years did I ever think I’d actually become a Hiking Brand Ambassador. People ask me all the time how a normal girl like me went from working up the courage to complete her first solo hike less than two hours from home to long-distance hiking for 5+ months and getting sponsored to do it. Here’s how I did it. Read more…

Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown Magic

6 Reasons Why the Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown Magic Are My Favorite Hiking Shoes

My favorite hiking shoes this year are the Salomon Odyssey Triple Crown Magic. I decided to write a review for these shoes for two reasons: (1): It seems like every time I wear these shoes (both on and off trail) or post photos of them online, I get asked a ton of questions from people asking where I got them and wanting to know what kind of shoes they are. (2): I have six reasons why I love these shoes so much, I thought they deemed review worthy on my blog.  Read more…

JetBoil MicroMo vs APG Camping Stove

JetBoil MicroMo vs. 0.9L APG Camping Stove

One of the most expensive parts about hiking and backpacking is buying gear. Gear can be as cheap (and usually heavy) or as light (and usually expensive) as you want it to be. APG Camping asked me to try one of their lightweight camping stoves recently. For all of my outdoor adventurers on a budget, I’ve found an affordable, comparable backcountry cooking system option for you that’s less than half the cost of a JetBoil! Read more…

What to Put in Your Backcountry First-Aid Kit

Having a first-aid kit in your pack while traveling in the backcountry is not something to either skip, scrimp on or overlook. Like the 10 Essentials, having some sort of first-aid kit in your pack is a necessity. It’s like insurance – you might not need it every time you go outside, but when you find yourself in a situation where you do need it, you’re glad you have it.  Read more…

HIking Packing List - 10 Essentials Every Hiker Needs

Packing List: 10 Essentials Every Hiker Needs

The 10 Essentials aren’t just random pieces of gear in your pack that add weight. They serve a very important purpose – to ensure safe travel in the backcountry and to help save lives in emergency situations. Before you step foot on any trail, whether it be for a day hike, overnight backpacking trip or a long-distance thru-hike, make sure you have the 10 Essentials packed in your pack.  Read more…

How to Poop Responsibly Outdoors

Everyone poops and anyone who has gone on an overnight backpacking trip has probably even pooped outside. For those of you who spend a considerable amount of time outside hiking or backpacking, you’re probably (and hopefully) aware of the rules for how to poop responsibly outdoors. If you aren’t, this post is for you. Even if you do know the poop rules, this post is still for you. Consider this information a refresher. Read more…

Come Hiking With Me on YouTube

Post-Trail Blues…something most thru-hikers experience after getting off trail. This year, I’m diving into a passion project to help keep me busy and hopefully keep the Post-Trail Blues at bay. I’m creating videos of the day hikes I’ll be doing along the PCT throughout Washington this summer. Read more to see how you can come hike Washington with me on YouTube! Read more…

Hiking the Bridge of the Gods

Why I Ended My PCT Thru-Hike Early This Year

Just like that, it’s over. My PCT thru-hike did not go as planned this year. After our two-week trailcation and hiking the 50-mile snowfree section from Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks, I decided to end my thru-hike early. There were a combination of reasons why I decided to end my hike. It was a very tough decision to make, but I know it was the most responsible choice. Read more…

Tehachapi or Bust!

Tehachapi was one of our favorite town stops along the PCT last year in 2018. Bleeder and I couldn’t wait to get back into Tehachapi for another zero day this year. But first, we had to get there. On Day 43, we knew we only had 17 miles to hike until we were at the road to get into town. Making it to Tehachapi would be our big motivator for getting these miles done today.  Read more…

Mile 517.6: Hiker Town

The town stops along the PCT in Southern California have been wonderful, ranging from large campgrounds to RV Parks, businesses/community centers opening their property for free camping for hikers to hostels and even trail angels who open their homes to host hikers. Hiker Town was by far the most interesting stop along trail in Southern California.  Read more…

This Trail Is Making Me Stronger, Wiser and Really Hungry

There are two things that can end a thru-hike quickly – running out of money and injury. This year, I’ve been forced to take things a whole lot easier than I did last year. At first, I felt like a failure for having an injury so early on in my hike. Then I realized giving my body enough time to rest and heal is instrumental if I want to stay on trail and finish my hike. Read more…

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