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 currently based in North Carolina.

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Nemo Disco 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

Nemo Disco 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

Until this year, I hadn't slept in anything other than a Feathered Friends or Western Mountaineering bag since about 2014. I know those bags. I trust

Nov 22, 2022 : Anne K. Baker
La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Runner Review

La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Runner Review

Ever since moving back east from Utah, I've been on a quest to find a trail running and hiking shoe that is stickier and sturdier than my beloved

Sep 19, 2022 : Anne K. Baker
Outdoor Vitals Summit Down 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

Outdoor Vitals Summit Down 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

In my experience, ultralight gear is a tricky investment. It's easier to go faster and farther when you have the luxury of not being weighed down by

Aug 29, 2022 : Anne K. Baker
Arc’teryx Beta FL Hardshell Jacket Review

Arc’teryx Beta FL Hardshell Jacket Review

I think every avid outdoor adventurer probably has their own set of relationships with and opinions about different types of weather. Sunshine and

Mar 30, 2021 : Anne K. Baker
Trail Science: Is Thru-hiking an Addiction?

Trail Science: Is Thru-hiking an Addiction?

It's 5:30 am and I'm almost to Chinook Pass. It's about 45 degrees and a steady, drizzling rain makes it colder. I'm approaching an iconic view of

Nov 18, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Tracksmith Women’s Harrier Tank and Long Sleeve Review

Tracksmith Women’s Harrier Tank and Long Sleeve Review

Let's talk about wool. I think it's safe to assume that we all know wool comes from sheep, but have you thought about what that means? Sheep's fleece

Sep 14, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Arc’teryx Women’s Delta LT Hoody

Gear Review: Arc’teryx Women’s Delta LT Hoody

Much like my preferences for hydration packs, backpacking packs, sleeping bags, and shoes, my preferences for outdoor clothing basically consist of

Jun 26, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: CamelBak Women’s Zephyr Vest

Gear Review: CamelBak Women’s Zephyr Vest

Running was my first love. When distance trekking was still only a dream, running was there for me. And now that distance trekking is a reality

May 15, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Trail Science: Grief, Depression, and Identity in the Time of COVID-19

Trail Science: Grief, Depression, and Identity in the Time of COVID-19

Last fall I interviewed 20 hikers about their experiences transitioning from long trails—specifically, about their experiences with so-called

Apr 30, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

The early 1990s have recycled themselves and fanny packs are back, there's no two ways about it. Amusingly, this is apparently the case not only in

Jan 13, 2020 : Anne K. Baker