Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a Minnesota transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Winona. It was there that I first fell in love with backpacking after attempting a thru hike of Missouri's Ozark Trail. Since then, I've completed the Pacific Crest Trail (17') and have plans to attempt a solo hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in the fall of 2018. When not backpacking, I'm trying my best to overcome my fear of heights by rock climbing, practicing yoga, and searching for the best burrito in the Midwest.. so far with no luck. You can follow my adventures here on The Trek or on Instagram @alexamshapiro. And... seriously... if you know of a good burrito place... hit me up.
We've all been there. The trail is covered in an absurd amount of snow, sleeping on a worn out foam pad for weeks on end, one more bite away from vomiting up you're hundredth meal of dehydrated mashed potatoes. Backpacking is hard. So what keeps us on trail, trudging on? Experienced backpackers give their insights on what keeps them moving forward on long distance treks.
Green tunnels and flat trail and final days; the Superior Hiking Trail is complete! Well... kind of.
Sometimes the challenge is more mental then physical, but as always the trail provides.
Stay tuned for this edition of “Bonsai Walks Some More: Superior Hiking Trail 2018!”
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The Continental Divide Trail Association has been hard at work for five years trying to realize their goal of protecting the entire 3,080 mile trail in perpetuity. Many hurdles stand in there way, and it takes a village of hiker trash to help. Part two of The Future of the CDT.
The Continental Divide Trail has had a rocky history compared to it's counterparts in the East and West. It's path has made for difficulties in working towards a completely protected trail, but the CDTC is committed to it's vision. Part one of the Future of the CDT.
The Diva Cup makes extended outdoor adventures a breeze, so why aren't all long-distance female hikers using them? If you're on the fence about a menstrual cup for your upcoming long-distance hike, this is for you!
In 2012, Patti and Lynn set out to section hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Soon afterwards, life changed for the couple when Patti was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined not to let cancer live her life, Patti continued to section hike the trail during a year of radiation and chemotherapy, with Lynn right by her side.
Bonsai and Bighorn reflect on their gear choices for their 2017 Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. A $20 pack for a long distance hike? Maybe not the brightest decision Bonsai's ever made...but an Enlightened Equipment 2-person quilt? A bit pricey, but a highly recommended, must-have for any couples out on the trail. Read more here about what changes they made and advice they have for others considering a long distance hike.