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

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

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