How to Prepare for a Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail

Interested in thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail but are unsure where to begin? I thru-hiked the AT in 2018, and learned so many things along the way that could help you. In this post, I outline several things that you can do in order to prepare for a thru-hike of the AT.

How to Hike Four Colorado “Fourteeners” in One Shot

Ready to hike one of Colorado’s famed fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level) but unsure where to begin? Allow me to introduce you to the DeCaLiBron, where you can hike not one, but four fourteeners in one shot — all for about the same amount of effort it would take to complete just one.

How to Hike Aspen, Colorado’s Four Pass Loop

I’ve had my eye on the Four Pass Loop near Aspen since I moved to Colorado. It’s frequently on “best of” hiking trails lists for the state, and I’ve even seen mention of it being one of the best hiking trails in the world. With all this hype and all the hiking I’ve done, you might think I’d end up disappointed. Not so! I was, in fact, totally blown away by this 28-mile(ish) trail. It was nothing short of amazing. Here is how you can plan your own backpacking trip out to the Maroon Bells Wilderness.

How to Spend Four Summer Days Hiking in Colorado

The beauty of the Colorado wilderness never ceases to amaze me. I am so ridiculously in love with this state. From alpine lakes to dramatic mountain views to vibrant wildflowers, Colorado has it all. Having now spent two summers hiking every single weekend (and many weekday evenings, too) here, I get a lot of questionsContinue reading “How to Spend Four Summer Days Hiking in Colorado”

Addressing the Fears that Hold You Back (From Backpacking)

If you know me, you know that I am all about not allowing fear to hold you back from your dreams. We all have anxieties and intimidations that hold us back from the things that we really want and the things that could help us thrive. Instead of allowing fear to tell me that IContinue reading “Addressing the Fears that Hold You Back (From Backpacking)”

Nine Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes to Try on Your Next Backpacking Trip

I’ve reached out to the social media universe for their favorite vegan and vegetarian recipes to cook while backpacking. Here are the recipes that they shared!

Gear List: What’s in my Backpacking Kit?

I get asked this question a lot—people love to geek out on gear! So I’m going to make it easy on you and give you a list. If you have any questions or need advice on gear, just ask! Backpack: Used the Osprey Aura on the AT, and have now switched to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa. I lovedContinue reading “Gear List: What’s in my Backpacking Kit?”

Five Amazing Summer Hikes Within an Hour of Boulder, Colorado

Love hiking? Then you have got to plan a visit to Boulder, Colorado! Here are my five recommendations for amazing not-to-miss hikes within an hour of Boulder.

Six Lessons I Learned By Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

In 2018, after seven years of living and working on a public relations career in Washington, D.C., I quit my dream job to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). The next six months went by in a flash. Day in and day out, I trudged up and over mountains, in extreme cold and sweltering heat, through swarms of mosquitos, in sickness and in health, through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. These are the lessons I learned from doing so.

How to Take Your First Backpacking Trip

Want to try out backpacking but don’t know where to start? Then this post is for you! I go through the nitty gritty – where to start, how to choose a trail, how to plan your trip, and what to bring to get you out hiking and camping for an overnight or more.