Anne K. Baker

Gear geek and long distance trek enthusiast; occasional climber and paddler, aspiring mountaineer, avid runner and yogi. When I'm not adventuring, I'm a scientist and a therapist based in Salt Lake City, UT (the ultimate outdoor playground!), where I'm working on my PhD at the University of Utah.

Posts

Post-Trail Depression: It’s Not What You Think

Post-Trail Depression: It’s Not What You Think

Over the past month, I have had the immense pleasure and privilege of interviewing thru-hikers (and one LASHer) about their experiences transitioning

Oct 25, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite

As any distance trekker can tell you, the post-trail blues are a very real thing. In the months following previous long-distance trips, I've deeply

Sep 30, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Brooks Cascadia 13

Gear Review: Brooks Cascadia 13

After swapping sizes several times, recovering from a persistent stress fracture, and waiting for a burly Utah winter to abate, I have finally had a

Apr 8, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Understanding R-Value and the Updated Testing Standards

Understanding R-Value and the Updated Testing Standards

When you select a sleep system for a camping trip, what factors do you consider? Probably the degree rating of the bag, the anticipated weather /

Mar 7, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
A Guide to Sustainable Brands in the Outdoor Industry

A Guide to Sustainable Brands in the Outdoor Industry

There are few things better than time spent enjoying the humbling magic of our precious earth, and we can all agree our time outdoors is made more

Nov 30, 2018 : Anne K. Baker
Best Day, Weekend, and Long-Distance Hikes in Wyoming and Utah

Best Day, Weekend, and Long-Distance Hikes in Wyoming and Utah

Spending time in nature is one of the best antidotes to Western society's fast-paced, consumer-driven world. Whether you're looking to spend a couple

Aug 14, 2018 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400

You'll be hard pressed to trek too far on the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail without running into someone using a Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Jul 28, 2018 : Anne K. Baker
PCT Ultralight Gear List

PCT Ultralight Gear List

I've been on the PCT for a solid chunk each summer the past two years. Kennedy Meadows to Sierra City (~500 miles) in 2016, Sierra City to Elk Lake

Jul 6, 2018 : Anne K. Baker