Reading on the Trail

Reading on the Trail

I’ve heard lots of talk in forums asking questions like, “Should I bring a Kindle on my hike?” and “Will I have time to read?” While the hikertrash lifestyle is much more laid back than the day-to-day world, you won’t exactly have hours of leisure time where you won’t know what to do with yourself. … Continue reading

The Most Reliable Campstove

The Most Reliable Campstove

I bought my MSR Pocket Rocket back in 2010 for my first ever backpacking trip. What attracted me to the stove was that it was so compact, lightweight, and reasonably priced. I figured since it was only $40, if I wasn’t happy with it I could buy another one down the line. Turns out, I … Continue reading

Wild Movie Review and Giveaway

Wild Movie Review and Giveaway

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Wild for months now. I read the book two years ago after I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail, and I was absolutely thrilled when I found out there would be a movie. I had to wait for the movie to be released in my city, and this … Continue reading

Fun Jobs for Thru-Hikers

Fun Jobs for Thru-Hikers

It would be awesome if we could just endlessly hike trail after trail and never worry about money, but someday you’re going to reach Katahdin and it will be time to get a job and save for the next adventure. Work doesn’t have to be boring though! I’ve done several of these jobs below, and … Continue reading

The Pee Rag

The Pee Rag

I’ve heard a lot about pee rags from other hiker girls, but I have always thought the concept was kind of gross. I’ve been putting off trying it until recently, and now I think I will always use one in the future. Pee rags are pretty simple: just use a bandana to dry yourself after … Continue reading

Cell Phones 101

Cell Phones 101

I’m a bit of a social media addict, so I was constantly taking photos and uploading them to Facebook during my thru-hike. Also, my mom liked to regularly receive reassuring text messages from me letting her know I was still alive. While it’s definitely nice to disconnect from the internet and telephone world for an … Continue reading

What a Hiker Needs to Know About Bike Touring

What a Hiker Needs to Know About Bike Touring

I recently finished a long-distance bike ride (also known as a “bike tour”) from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Coast. I wanted to give biking a fair shot, even if to prove what I already suspected: I prefer backpacking over bike touring. Nonetheless, it seems wrong not to share my knowledge with anyone who’s … Continue reading

The Best Underwear for Outdoor Sports

The Best Underwear for Outdoor Sports

  Thank you readers for patiently awaiting my return. I just finished my Pacific Coast bike ride from Canada to Mexico (more on that later) and I’m happy to be back and blogging. I hope you all bought a copy of my new ebook, and if you didn’t then you should. While I’m usually adamant … Continue reading