Category: backpacking

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…

Gear Review: Thermarest ProLite and NeoAir

ThermaRest ProLite and NeoAir XLite For both the Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Sean and I used Thermarest sleeping pads without complaint. We both used the ProLite model on the AT and upgraded to the NeoAir XLite (NeoAir) for the PCT. Both…

Appalachian Trail vs Pacific Crest Trail

Appalachian Trail vs Pacific Crest Trail We are frequently asked which trail is “harder” or which trail is “better” both of which are extremely difficult questions to answer. Since these trails traverse entirely different environments, the two trails actually have very little in common…

It Wasn’t a Thruhike – Thoughts from Completing the Pacific Crest Trail

It was almost exactly one year later when I found myself standing on the Pacific Crest Trail right where I had left off. Though the trail looked much the same, I had come to the trail different. I admired the mountains and trees with…

Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 For our PCT thru-hike, we decided to go with the very popular Big Agnes (BA) Copper Spur UL2, and we were oh so happy with this decision. We both loved this tent and would highly recommend. (Don’t worry,…

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Down Sleeping Quilt

Enlightened Equipment – Enigma For the Pacific Crest Trail, Sean and I used Enlighten Equipment (EE) quilts. We both are absolutely in love with this piece of gear. No need for me to try out other brands, I 100% highly recommend Enlightened Equipment. (And…

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