Carla Robertson

I’m Carla (trail name Zipper) and I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2009, almost entirely by myself. It was an incredible, empowering journey. Now, I've created a resource for women to gain support for their hikes through conversations with successful women hikers. I'm a life coach and I live in New Orleans. I love leading silent walks in the local wetlands and I make a pilgrimage to somewhere on the AT every year. https://www.wildandwhiteblazing.com/

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How to Avoid Getting Lost on the Appalachian Trail

How to Avoid Getting Lost on the Appalachian Trail

It’s a beautiful day. You step off the trail for a snack or a pee break. When it’s time to return to the trail you can’t remember which way you came

Mar 22, 2017 : Carla Robertson
Gear Review: Women’s Big Agnes Sunshine Hooded DownTek Jacket

Gear Review: Women’s Big Agnes Sunshine Hooded DownTek Jacket

Women's Big Agnes Sunshine Hooded Downtek Jacket Basic Specs: Ultralight hooded down jacket with a contoured fit and a drop tail 850 fill

Dec 16, 2016 : Carla Robertson
Gear Review: Women’s Pearl Izumi Trail N2 v3 Hiking Shoe

Gear Review: Women’s Pearl Izumi Trail N2 v3 Hiking Shoe

Pearl Izumi Trail N2V3 Women's Hiking Shoe Basic Specs: Seamless upper allows plenty of forefoot splay 1:1 Energy Foam in forefoot and heel

Oct 20, 2016 : Carla Robertson
How to Take a Zero Day in the Woods

How to Take a Zero Day in the Woods

We all know that thru hikers need to take time off in town for chores - laundry, resupply, stocking up on calories, charging up electronics - but

Jun 30, 2016 : Carla Robertson
Poison Ivy or not? Quick tips to keep you rash-free

Poison Ivy or not? Quick tips to keep you rash-free

One thing you can be sure of finding in the Eastern woodlands, especially the Mid-Atlantic where scores of thru hikers will be any day now, is poison

May 26, 2016 : Carla Robertson
Gear Review: Women’s Outdoor Research Aspire Rain Jacket

Gear Review: Women’s Outdoor Research Aspire Rain Jacket

Outdoor Research Women’s Aspire Rain Jacket Basic Specs: waterproof breathable GORE-TEX with Paclite, 100% polyester 13.7 oz. pocket

Apr 16, 2016 : Carla Robertson
Five amazing time hacks to try when you’re hiking

Five amazing time hacks to try when you’re hiking

If you’ve ever been frustrated with your pace, or tired of things taking so long, or generally feeling like you’re fighting time when you’re hiking,

Mar 24, 2016 : Carla Robertson
6 Last-Minute Tips Before You Begin Your Thru-Hike

6 Last-Minute Tips Before You Begin Your Thru-Hike

It’s here - Springer fever is in full swing and in just a few short weeks the start of the AT in Georgia will be swarming with hikers.  Are you one

Feb 25, 2016 : Carla Robertson
10 Reasons it’s so freaking cool to choose the Appalachian Trail

10 Reasons it’s so freaking cool to choose the Appalachian Trail

I remember decades ago when I was on a wilderness course in the snowy Cascade mountains in Washington, I told my instructors of my dream to hike the

Jan 28, 2016 : Carla Robertson
4 “Nonessential” Pieces of Gear I Took on My Thru-Hike and Why I Found Them Indispensable

4 “Nonessential” Pieces of Gear I Took on My Thru-Hike and Why I Found Them Indispensable

When you’re planning your gear for your thru hike, every ounce counts. It’s not the same as going out for a long weekend where you might bring

Dec 17, 2015 : Carla Robertson