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Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Review

By Ashli on August 8, 2017

I came across the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer while on the hunt for a lightweight insulating layer. I needed a thin down jacket to add to my layering system for backpacking trips. After trying on similar jackets from Patagonia, REI, Arc’teryx, and Marmot, decided on the Ghost Whisperer because it fit me the best. I … Read more

Exploring Ice Caves and Hiking on Mendenhall Glacier

By Ashli on July 23, 2017

During a week long family trip in Alaska, Andrew and I break off from the group for a single day to do what we do best — adventure. It’s day 2 of the trip. We’re in Juneau and have only 8 hours to do something epic. A few weeks ago, I found a company called … Read more

Choosing a Women’s Sleeping bag | Everything You Need to Know

By Ashli on June 29, 2017

Choosing a high quality women’s sleeping bag presents a daunting task, especially as a beginner backpacker and hiker. It’s also an investment, since a durable and lightweight sleeping bag will typically cost upwards of $300. A women’s sleeping bag is not just the pink version of the men’s. In recent years, manufacturers have put a … Read more

Rock Climbing and Hiking at Summersville Lake in the New River Gorge

By Ashli on June 11, 2017

Photo credits to Lindsay Resler (@lindsii_) and Tolin Hessell (@mrtolin). Check out Tolin’s Etsy store for awesome t-shirts and designs.  We left Wisconsin on a chilly Thursday night in mid-May. Planning to arrive in West Virginia by late Friday afternoon, we’d meet up with friends to spend the weekend hiking and climbing in the wider area surrounding … Read more

Complete Women’s Hiking and Backpacking Gear List

By Ashli on May 3, 2017

Lightweight and comfortable — a lighter pack will help you enjoy your backpacking trips even more and your body will thank you. This backpacking gear list doesn’t skimp on comfort items, but scales back on clothing and non-essentials. Stick around to learn how you can lower your pack weight and not miss a thing. Aside … Read more