Colleen Goldhorn

Hello! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as either Spot or NoNa. I currently live in Rocksylvania, and have been in love with climbing the state's rocky peaks since I was a little girl. In 2016, I attempted a thru hike of the AT when illness unfortunately forced me off the trail - however I am currently working towards section hiking my way to Katahdin! You can usually catch me somewhere in the woods most likely hugging a tree, taking a thousand pictures of the same overlook, or eating my 5th Snickers bar of the day. Happy hiking!

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New Jersey: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

New Jersey: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Being from the Philly area, there is a small bit of rivalry between PA and NJ, so it kills me to admit that Jersey has been one of my favorite parts

Jun 7, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Backpacking Trip

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Backpacking Trip

So, you have decided that you want to try to accomplish your first overnight trip out in the back country. Congrats! Chances are, pictures and movies

May 17, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
1 Year. 10,000 Blazes

1 Year. 10,000 Blazes

A full year has come and gone since I reached the summit of Springer Mountain, GA and officially started my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.

May 3, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Put A Knot Around Your Finger: Easily Forgotten Backpacking Gear

Put A Knot Around Your Finger: Easily Forgotten Backpacking Gear

The goal for many folks heading into the backcountry is to carry as little weight as possible. Even though this often means bringing less gear,

Apr 20, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Tips and Tricks for Singing in the Rain

Tips and Tricks for Singing in the Rain

After telling people of any long distance hike, popular responses always seem to follow the theme of "What if you see a bear?" "How do you go to the

Apr 5, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Hiking Sandals: The Best Friend You Never Knew You Wanted

Hiking Sandals: The Best Friend You Never Knew You Wanted

When the average person thinks of hiking, images of huge backpacks, Clif bars, and (you guessed it) full leather hiking boots come to

Mar 16, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Breeze AC Women’s Tank

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Breeze AC Women’s Tank

With warmer weather and summer seemingly just around the corner (because spring apparently comes in February now - thanks global warming!), it's

Mar 1, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Tips and Tricks for Staying Hydrated on the Trail

Tips and Tricks for Staying Hydrated on the Trail

There are countless things to pay attention to while backpacking (the weather, your next resupply, how many miles are left for the day, and just how

Feb 16, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
How To Become A Weekend Warrior

How To Become A Weekend Warrior

For a lot of outdoor enthusiast, that next big trip is always on the horizon. Sometimes it's a week of backpacking in your favorite national

Feb 1, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
How To Suffer Less During Your Next Winter Hike

How To Suffer Less During Your Next Winter Hike

When the temperature starts to drop and the ground begins to get covered in snow, many trails suddenly find themselves mostly empty until spring

Jan 18, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn