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Average Hiker


Backpacking and hiking have been a big part of my life for over 35 years. Around life and work, I’ve thru-hiked thousands of miles in the US, including many long-distance trails – Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Benton Mackaye Trail, Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, Superior Trail, Foothills Trail, etc.

This website contains hiking insights, guides, gear reviews, stories, and a hodgepodge of other mostly hiking-related content about the wilderness and trails I love.

I hope you find the information helpful as you plan your hike, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask @


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