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

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

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Backpacking Gear List – Before and After

My name is Ashli, AKA ‘Katniss Neverclean’. In 2014, I completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. My initial pack weight was about 25 pounds without food. That’s pretty darn good to start when compared to other starting pack weights. Once I started hiking everyday, I realized that if I wanted to hike big miles and keep … Read more

Essential Gear for Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Long distance hiking provides some unique challenges and circumstances that require a few subtle but important differences in the type of gear one might bring along. Here is some of the gear that I considered essential on my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike, and what I thought about it in the end. Some might be obvious, and some … Read more