The 4 Best Women’s Trekking Poles for Hiking

Trekking poles are a commonly misunderstood piece of gear. Sometimes thought of as unnecessary, they can act as an essential tool to get you hiking faster, safer, and with less injury. While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, my trekking poles became an extension of my arms and saved my face from hitting the dirt on several … Read more

Book Review: A Walk for Sunshine | 20th Year Anniversary Edition

A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail recounts Jeff Alt’s 1998 northbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Jeff (trail name ‘Wrongfoot‘) sets out to hike in honor of his brother Aaron, who has cerebral palsy. In preparation for his journey, he also plans to raise funds for Aaron’s … Read more

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Review

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

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

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

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

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

The 5 Best Women’s Sleeping Bags for the Appalachian Trail

Ladies! I can’t tell you how important it is to have a proper sleeping bag when hitting the trail. Women’s sleeping bags are being made by top outdoor retailers, and good news, they aren’t all pink. Too many times I’ve run into other females on the AT, shivering the night away because they thought that … Read more