Hi, I’m Claire! But some folks know me as Marmot. I’m a thru-hiker and geographer. I’ve completed five thru-hikes so far, and when I’m not on trail I study the interactions between hikers and their environments. I hike for the people, the wildflowers, and surprisingly the food. Follow my blog for my takes on the trail, local histories, fun ecology facts, gourmet backpacking bites, and of course, the best coffee along the way.
The past few years, I have been swirling around in the Ultralight (UL) vortex. I saved for and invested in UL gear. I tried hiking stove-less. I cut
They say that if you are not certain which path to follow, it is time to make a list of pros and cons. In this case, this list serves as a practice
Why hike from the Mountains to the Sea? Walking out of Fontana Dam, my dad and I found ourselves in “the bubble.” It was a beautiful bluebird day,