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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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
Gear Review: Feathered Friends Tanager 20 CFL Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Feathered Friends Tanager 20 CFL Sleeping Bag

I cannot count the number of sleeping bags I've used. I tried, really I did, but it's a lot. I've used synthetic and down, mummy and rectangular and

Dec 28, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
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