Category: backpacking

Endless Wide Open Spaces: Pie Town to Chama on the CDT

We left the Toaster House in Pie Town and headed out into the New Mexican abyss for another stretch of hiking towards Grants. Our bags were loaded down with extra water as we took off into the nothingness that exists in central New Mexico….

Lordsburg to Pie Town: Exploring the Gila River on the CDT

85 Miles through the Chihuahuan Desert – A Warm Welcome to the CDT

We wrapped up three busy yet fun weeks of work in catering at Coachella Music Festival April 22 (yes, I saw Beyonce’s show with 150 musicians and backup dancersย ๐Ÿ˜ฎ). We had a big day of traveling on the 24th driving from Indio to LA…

From the Aisle to Counting Miles: Why I’m Thruhiking the Continental Divide Trail

As recommended by The Trek, I wrote down the reasons why I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and 2016, respectively. With my Continental Divide Trail thruhike beginning in two short weeks, I figured I would once again…

The Little Three: The Long Trail, The John Muir Trail, and The Colorado Trail

Have you ever considered a thruhike? When that phrase comes to mind, I imagine many people think of the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail both of which are over 2000 miles long and take 5ish months to hike end to end. I understand…

Gear Review: Buff Headware

I actually remember the first time I saw someone wearing a Buff about a week before embarking on the Appalachian Trail. Although all of my gear was ready to go, I immediately ordered a Buff when I got home to complete my hiking outfit….

Gear Review: Dirty Girl Gaiters

Sean and I added Dirty Girl Gaiters to our hiking outfit in 2016 when we embarked on our Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. Since then, we don’t hike without them! Practical Have you ever gotten little rocks or sand in your shoes while you’re hiking?…

Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter On both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, our preferred method of water purification is the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter (full size). This is what I recommend for water treatment to others and what I will continue to…

Every Ounce Counts – The Importance of Ultralight Backpacking

Three years ago, backpacking gear made my head spin. I was totally lost as I looked over the infinite options for the precious few items I would be bringing with me on my Appalachian Trail thruhike. But over the past few years and 5000…

Backpacking on a Budget – How We Manage Long Term Travel

I’ve been very blessed to have spent the last four years living out of a backpack either on the trail or hostel hopping between countries. It’s a life that I never thought possible in my wildest dreams. But, here I am, doing the writing…

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