Virginia: Another State Down and More to Love

Virginia is an incredible state on the Appalachian Trail. Wild ponies, wildflowers, swimming holes, and microbreweries await your arrival! It’s not flat though, no matter what anyone may tell you!

Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy for the Hiker and Backpacker in Your Life

Wondering what to gift the hiker or backpacker in your life this holiday season? This gift guide can help! It contains several ideas for stocking stuffers, hiking and backpacking gear, outdoor apparel, and more.

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip on New York’s Finger Lakes Trail

Interested in planning a backpacking trip in Upstate New York? Look no further than the Finger Lakes Trail, a 584-mile trek spanning from Allegany State Park in Southwestern New York to the Catskills in Eastern New York.

How to Prepare for a Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail

Interested in thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail but are unsure where to begin? I thru-hiked the AT in 2018, and learned so many things along the way that could help you. In this post, I outline several things that you can do in order to prepare for a thru-hike of the AT.

How to Hike Four Colorado “Fourteeners” in One Shot

Ready to hike one of Colorado’s famed fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level) but unsure where to begin? Allow me to introduce you to the DeCaLiBron, where you can hike not one, but four fourteeners in one shot — all for about the same amount of effort it would take to complete just one.

How to Hike Aspen, Colorado’s Four Pass Loop

I’ve had my eye on the Four Pass Loop near Aspen since I moved to Colorado. It’s frequently on “best of” hiking trails lists for the state, and I’ve even seen mention of it being one of the best hiking trails in the world. With all this hype and all the hiking I’ve done, you might think I’d end up disappointed. Not so! I was, in fact, totally blown away by this 28-mile(ish) trail. It was nothing short of amazing. Here is how you can plan your own backpacking trip out to the Maroon Bells Wilderness.

Four of THE BEST hiking trails in Colorado

The beauty of the Colorado wilderness never ceases to amaze me. I am so ridiculously in love with this state. From alpine lakes to dramatic mountain views to vibrant wildflowers, Colorado has it all. Having now spent two summers hiking every single weekend (and many weekday evenings, too) here, I get a lot of questionsContinue reading “Four of THE BEST hiking trails in Colorado”

11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

In 2018, I quit my job in Washington, D.C., gave up my apartment, said goodbye to all my friends, and hopped onto the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Georgia, heading north. The next six months, scrambling up and over mountains with a heavy pack on my back, were rewarding beyond words. I’m here to say that if you’re considering visiting the AT, whether it’s for a few days or a few months, you should do it. These photos will explain why.

Addressing the Fears that Hold You Back (From Backpacking)

If you know me, you know that I am all about not allowing fear to hold you back from your dreams. We all have anxieties and intimidations that hold us back from the things that we really want and the things that could help us thrive. Instead of allowing fear to tell me that IContinue reading “Addressing the Fears that Hold You Back (From Backpacking)”

Nine Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes to Try on Your Next Backpacking Trip

I’ve reached out to the social media universe for their favorite vegan and vegetarian recipes to cook while backpacking. Here are the recipes that they shared!