Hiking Advice

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…

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…

How To Prepare For A Cold Weather Hike

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t go hiking. If you have the right gear, do a bit of preparation before getting on trail and make a few adjustments to your gear and clothing, you can turn a cold, wet and snowy day into a fun, safe and comfortable hike out on the trail. Read more…

Ten Essentials

What Are The Ten Essentials?

If you’re a hiker or spend any time in the backcountry, you should be familiar with the Ten Essentials and carry them with you on all of your trips. The first time I heard of the Ten Essentials was during a Mountaineers course. Up until taking my first course with The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based non-profit […] Read more…

Have You Ever Gone Hiking Alone?

Have you ever gone hiking alone? If someone had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have looked at them like they were crazy. A female hiking alone in the woods, all by herself? Are you nuts? Now that I have four solo hikes under my belt, my only question now is, […] Read more…