Tag: hiking

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 dancers 😮). We had a big day of traveling on the 24th driving from Indio to LA…

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…

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…

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack

This past summer, I used Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s 2400 Windrider Ultralight Pack which I totally and completely fell in love with (currently marked down $50 by the way…). If you are looking for an ultralight backpacking setup, look no further than Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG)….

The First 100 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now… The pack weight, the soreness, the “hiker hobble,” the hunger, the smell, the complete exhaustion, the spam wraps and tuna tacos (topped with CheezIts, of course) and the complete and total joy of…

A Unique Pre-Trail Experience in Coachella Valley

Well, today is the big day. We’ll take our first of a million steps down the Pacific Crest Trail beginning right at the US / Mexico border. All the logistics are done, the bags are packed, and we’re as ready as we’re going to…

Why I’m Thru-Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

Just over a year ago, I sat down with all of my nerves, anxiety, and excitement and scribbled out my reasons for setting out on my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. (You can check out that post here on Appalachian Trials if you’d like)….

Appalachian Trail 2015 Slideshow

After much delay, I have finished our slideshow from the 2,189 miles on the Appalachian Trail. I know 12 minutes is infinite time in the internet world. But, if you’d like to see, here’s our experience in pictures on the AT.   It just…

Our Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike 2015 Gear List

This is the final list, weight, and cost of all the things we started with on our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Although we are typically super budget conscious, we realized the importance of investing in our gear. Let’s be honest. Sean is the gear guru. Watching…

Material: The First Step to Understanding Backpacking Gear

Wandering off into the woods with nothing but essentials on your back is a glorious and wonderful thing. But before you hit the trail, you have to decide exactly what items you’re going to carry and what kind of bag you’ll be putting them…

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