Backpacking & Hiking!
I LOVE Backpacking and Hiking, and if you have found your way to this website then you probably do also! When I’m not working, you will probably find me in the woods or up in the mountains.
If you landed on my HOME page then you got a quick snapshot of some of the content – Blog, Review, Trails, Gear, Food, Store.
The BLOG page has my latest articles backpacking and hiking related topics…
- Trip Reports – a little dry, but awesome pictures and a great resource for planning your hike!
- Gear Reviews – I only review what I use, and you won’t find any “Best of….” articles unless I’ve used all of the gear that is “The Best.” Since that is expensive, I don’t have any of those YET! I’m always collecting too much equipment so who knows.
- Trail Journals – These are similar to Trip Reports, but are mostly from my journeys on long trails like the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Arizona Trail, etc.
- Book Reviews – I don’t have many of these because I don’t really sit still long enough to read, so I’ll also begin including my audible books. I listen a lot…
- Trail Stories – I did not keep journals on earlier hikes, so I also share stories from past trails.
When I’m out hiking, the website stays static – meaning the store products, articles and other content don’t change while I’m gone.
The Blog page is ALWAYS updating though, and I add a message on the Home page letting everyone know that “Average Hiker” has left the building. I post often from the trails, so my family and friends can keep up.
My backpacking and hiking Reviews page provides reviews on all of the gear I use or would like to try out. Gear is pricey, but I’m an addict and love trying out new equipment whenever I can. Anything I review I pay for myself at retail prices.
I define “used” as “Used on a Backpacking Trip.”
A few of my recent favorite reviews include my “Women’s Voormi River Run Hoodi,” and my “Kula Cloth.” These are in the clothing category and I continue to like them more and more. The Kula Cloth is awesome, and I don’t know why I did not think of it!
Many of my reviews have affiliate links. If you purchase items, or items from any of those vendors, by clicking on one of those links, I make a small commission at no additional cost to you.
Proceeds from this site are used to purchase more gear for reviews. I work hard to provide reviews with as little bias as possible, so I purchase all items that I review at retail prices. I don’t do sponsored posts or accept free items.
The Trails page is my personal favorite! It is everywhere I have hiked – short, long, you name it. I have a long list of “TO DO trails, and add them as I’m lucky enough to hike them.
If you check out the main pages for each trail, you will see three links. These include Overview, Gear and Planning. The Arizona Trail is a good example.
In the Trail pages I’m working to provide my journal and trip reports, and to also give you tools you can use to better plan your hikes. A couple of examples are the Arizona Trail Planning Page and the New England Trail Planning Page.
There are a few other trails like the AT, CDT and PCT, which I’m working to update now. My journals were a little scattered then, so they are a work in progress. I’ll post what I have over time, and also update the Overview, Gear and Planning pages for each of these trails.
Backpacking and hiking Gear is a personal favorite! Fine – I know, I know, all categories are my favorites, but Gear has a special place.
Buried in all of my posts are “Tips” or tricks that work for me.
Did I mention I love checking out new gear and “hiking stuff?!”
My Food Page is practicing ultralight principles right now, but I intend for it to be a “Mule!”
Right now I have articles on my favorite backpacking foods and there are many! I think I could survive forever on Velveeta Cheese and Shells if it was not so HEAVY!
Coming Soon – an article on “No Stove Backpacking,” or cold soaking your food. Many long distance hikers swear buy it. I cold soak when I want to move fast, but I love food too much not have that end of day hot meal!
Here is a tip for everyone that is still reading…
Make me a reasonable offer and we may be able to work out a deal on the gear that is on sale. Send me an email @ email@example.com.
I take care of my gear, so you are getting really good deals!
In the future I hope to offer some of my own products – digital downloads, books, clothing, etc. I have big aspirations that may cut into my hiking, so more on that at a later date.
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My social media platforms are another way to follow my hikes and keep up with content. My pictures are often different across all platforms, and when I hike I update social media instead of Blogging sometimes.
Pictures are worth a thousand words!
Don’t worry, I rarely post more than once a day – often less than that, so you won’t get bombed with social media posts.
There is content on here for women, since I am a woman that hikes and backpacks. As this website matures, there will be more.
Honestly, I never considered the outdoors gender specific, but over the years I’ve learned there are differences.
A few articles are below, and there are more to come as I delve deeper into this topic.
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