Alexa Shapiro

Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a California transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Minnesota. 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.

Posts

Quick Update from the Trail: Out of the Sierras!

Quick Update from the Trail: Out of the Sierras!

Hello friends and family! Good news, we made it safely through the Sierras! I'll be posting a more thorough blog update later, along with a few other

Aug 8, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Update from the Trail: The Sierras

Update from the Trail: The Sierras

A week into the Sierras, and boy are our feet wet. Literally. The high volume of snow this year has led the trail to be inundated with water

Jul 27, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Yoga on the Move: Tips for the Traveling Yogi

Yoga on the Move: Tips for the Traveling Yogi

Before we set off on this adventure, I had grand ambitions for my yoga and meditation practice. Despite being a teacher, I've always struggled to

Jul 27, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Northern California ✔️

Northern California ✔️

Days on trail: 85 Miles hiked: 1,369.20 Days without a shower: 14 Strangest thing seen: A man dressed as a T-Rex. Guess what, guess

Jul 18, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Lending a Hand: Lessons Learned from Generosity

Lending a Hand: Lessons Learned from Generosity

"Hitchhiking isn't illegal, but you could just ask me for a ride." A highway patrol officer stood on the sidewalk, giving us a knowing look.

Jul 7, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Challenges of the Trail: Coming to Terms with Competing Needs

Challenges of the Trail: Coming to Terms with Competing Needs

Days on trail: 67 Miles completed: 963 Most recent sighting: A bear! (From Bighorn) and a quail (From Bonsai). As I stare up at the ceiling

Jun 30, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
I am not a Mountaineer

I am not a Mountaineer

Let's go to Oregon, shall we? At the Oregon California border as we headed south. It's fun crossing a state border for once! If you've heard

Jun 25, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
A force of nature: Reevaluating our plans to move forward

A force of nature: Reevaluating our plans to move forward

Our first night in the Sierras, our crew of eight was snowed on. Photo by Joey Rice, AKA Sultry Bear, of his tent covered in snow night one of

Jun 16, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Four things I never thought I would say before becoming a backpacker

Four things I never thought I would say before becoming a backpacker

Well, we've made it to Kennedy Meadows, the end of the CA desert and portal to the Sierras. After 700 plus miles on trail, I figured now was a good

Jun 9, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Remoteness on the Trail

Remoteness on the Trail

Lately Bighorn and I have fallen into a routine of hiking alongside one another. It's created great opportunities for us to break away from our own

Jun 1, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro