Alicia Pacalo

Hiker, vanlifer, mountain girl, wanderer, minimalist, wife - Midwestern hospitality with a western mentality - I love carbs and cheeeeese

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Best Challenging Day Hikes Near Winter Park, Colorado

Best Challenging Day Hikes Near Winter Park, Colorado

Disclaimer: You should only be hiking trails that aren’t overcrowded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and keep at least a six-foot

Apr 22, 2020 : Alicia Pacalo
Best Short + Easy Day Hikes Near Winter Park, Colorado

Best Short + Easy Day Hikes Near Winter Park, Colorado

Disclaimer: You should only be hiking trails that aren’t overcrowded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and keep at least a six-foot

Apr 16, 2020 : Alicia Pacalo
Thru-Hiking in a Pandemic: Opinion from a CDT Trail Town

Thru-Hiking in a Pandemic: Opinion from a CDT Trail Town

Depending where you enter the CDT, the Grand County section is around 100 miles. There are three accessible trail towns in this county. One is Winter

Mar 27, 2020 : Alicia Pacalo
Southbound Start Date

Southbound Start Date

Our plans continue to change as we adapt and try to finalize southbound plans to hike the Appalachian Trail. Our goal was to start our hike mid-June,

Nov 27, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo
Final Gear Purchases

Final Gear Purchases

I am so excited because we have finally upgraded our gear to be more functional for the AT. All of my backpacking gear has been super bulky and heavy

Nov 25, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo
Nero Backpacking for the AT

Nero Backpacking for the AT

John and I got a bunch of new ultralight gear (shout-out to REI for the sale) for our 2020 AT SOBO hike so we decided to test some of it out on a

Nov 21, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo
Running for the AT

Running for the AT

Since moving to Washington state, I have been having trouble finding trails that are as butt-kicking as the trails in the Rockies tend to be. Having

Nov 9, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo
AT Gear Wish List

AT Gear Wish List

Trying to find the right gear is super overwhelming. We are starting from scratch for this hike, and we want to keep everything as lightweight as

Nov 4, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo
Hiking Olympic National Park

Hiking Olympic National Park

I've seen some amazing places and quite a few US national parks, but I have to say that this one is my favorite so far. Covering nearly one million

Oct 28, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo
Seattle Trekking

Seattle Trekking

What a day exploring the city! We "hiked" 10.9 miles, climbed 57 floors, and took around 26,043 steps. It was a sunny day in Seattle, and although

Oct 23, 2019 : Alicia Pacalo