Category: hiking

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…

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,…

The Colorado Trail: 75 Miles from Silverton to Durango

Day 33 – 10.3 Miles We pulled ourselves out of Silverton just after noon with enough supplies for our final 75 miles of the Colorado Trail. We walked through a light rain for a couple hours and stopped after about ten miles of hiking…

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: 97 Miles from Copper Mountain to Buena Vista

Week 2 on the Colorado trail brought us from Copper Mountain to Buena Vista over 97 miles. This trail continues to amaze me despite its challenges. So in love with the Colorado Trail!! Day 9 – 0 Miles We were hoping after our day…

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