Category: backpacking

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?… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Dirty Girl Gaiters”

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… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter”

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… Continue Reading “Every Ounce Counts – The Importance of Ultralight Backpacking”

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… Continue Reading “Backpacking on a Budget – How We Manage Long Term Travel”

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… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Thermarest ProLite and NeoAir”

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… Continue Reading “Appalachian Trail vs Pacific Crest Trail”

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… Continue Reading “It Wasn’t a Thruhike – Thoughts from Completing the Pacific Crest Trail”

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,… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2”

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… Continue Reading “Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Down Sleeping Quilt”

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.… Continue Reading “The Colorado Trail: 110 Miles from Saguache to Silverton”

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