Category: backpacking

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…

The Colorado Trail: 110 Miles from Saguache to Silverton

Day 26 – 22.3 Miles We started our day pleased that we had managed to get back to the trail before dark the previous evening.  Our ride mentioned the miles of cow pastures ahead and the less than desirable water sources in the area….

The Colorado Trail: 86 Miles from Buena Vista to Saguache

Days 17 – 20 – 0 Miles Yep, you read that right. 4 Zero Days. I wrote my last blog, Copper Mountain to Buena Vista, at the Buena Vista library with all intentions of heading back to the trail before noon that day. But sometimes Sean…

Colorado Trail – 104 Miles from Denver to Breckenridge

Over 8 Days, we hiked 104 miles from Waterton Canyon outside of Denver to the resort town of Breckenridge on the Colorado Trail and are enjoying every mile! Check out our experience on Segments 1 through 6 on the trail! Day 1 – 8.1 Miles The Northern Terminus of the Colorado…

How to Make Dehydrated Backpacking Food

We are oh so excited to begin the 486 Mile Colorado Trail in just seven days! This year, we upped our trail food and nutrition diet by making our own dehydrated backpacking meals! How it Works Prepare and Cook Food Spread food onto dehydrating…

How Our PCT Food Resupply Strategy Actually Panned Out

It’s crazy  to think that 10 months ago I was writing out our Food Resupply Strategy for our Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. For those of you planning a thru-hike of your own, I wanted to write a little article about how our food strategy…

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