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

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

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

REI Magma 17 Women’s Sleeping Bag Review

REI’s women’s specific sleeping bag, the Magma 17 meets all of my standards for an excellent women’s backpacking sleeping bag: ✓ Lightweight ✓ Down insulated ✓ Rated to 17 degrees ✓ Neck Guard ✓ Packs Small ✓ Not Pink! I got the Magma 17 for a winter backpacking trip to the Peter Grubb Hut in the Sierra … Read more

Paleo and Vegan Energy Bars

This isn’t a cooking blog so don’t get any ideas. These bars taste amazing and look beautiful, with the added benefit of being Paleo and Vegan. Here’s what you need: Crunchy Stuff Handful Almonds Some Macadamias Half handful of Pecans $11 worth of Pistachios A few Dried Goji Berries 1,000,000 Chia seeds 1/2 cup Coconut … Read more

My Favorite Pics from the AT

A nice little gallery of some of my favorites pictures from the Appalachian Trail. Photos courtesy of myself, Kyle Flood, AeLin Compton, and Tolin Hessell. Click on a picture to view a slideshow!

Fording a River on the Appalachian Trail

Fording is not something often done on the Appalachian Trail. A ford is when you are crossing a river, and it is shallow enough for you to wade across. Maine is where most hikers encounter their first ford. When I hiked through Maine almost every ford was so low that it was possible to stone … Read more