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Average Hiker

Backpacking and hiking have been a large part of my life for over 35 years. I’ve thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Benton Mackaye Trail, Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, and Northville Placid Trail – some more than once.

I’ve gotten certifications – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), etc., to support my outdoor activities, but most of what I’ve learned has come from picking up a backpack at a young age and heading into the mountains.

Backpacking and hiking are not complex, but that first trip can be intimidating. I hope these pages help you take that first step and take some of the “unknown” out of your planning.

Average Hiker at the Utah Border of the Arizona Trail
Ellie in hiking in the Canyonlands

A Woman Backpacking Solo

Using my intuition to hike safely

Where Do I Start?

Backpacking – Where Do I Start?

Most Recent Gear List

Gear I Used on my Last Trip