Colleen Goldhorn

Hi! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as Spot. I am a PA native who now calls the mountains of Colorado her home. My days are spent as a graphic designer and photographer, but I spend every available minute of my free time outside. A few years back, I discovered the AT and since then it has been the #1 thing on my mind. Since 2016 I have hiked over 1,000 miles of the trail, with plans to some day stand on top of Katahdin with all 2,200 miles under my belt. You can usually find me somewhere in the mountains either hiking, skiing, or rock climbing. Happy trails!

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What Hiking 1,000 Miles of the AT Has Taught Me

What Hiking 1,000 Miles of the AT Has Taught Me

On May 8, 2016, I set sail on the 12-hour car ride from Philadelphia to Springer Mountain, GA. I was on my way to begin a thru-hike of the

Jan 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review:​ Montbell Down Balaclava

Gear Review:​ Montbell Down Balaclava

​Montbell Down Balaclava Product Specs: MSRP: $59 Weight: 3.1 ounces Insulation: 800 Fill Power EX Down Outer material: Ten-denier Ballistic

Dec 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Visit Every State Park in Your State

How to Visit Every State Park in Your State

When thinking of iconic spots, big mountain hikes, or awe-inspiring vistas, our country's national parks are often the first thing that comes to

Nov 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

As the final northbound thru-hiker summits Katahdin and hiking season comes to an end, there is a quietness that falls over the AT. It’s worth it to

Oct 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket Product Specs MSRP: $69.95 Weight: 7.6 ounces Material: Nylon (Bluesign approved), with a 2.5-layer waterproof

Oct 3, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
The Best Backpacking Trails in Pennsylvania

The Best Backpacking Trails in Pennsylvania

With roughly half the state covered in forest, it's no surprise that Pennsylvania is home to some of the premier backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic.

Sep 26, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

When asked about their first overnight trip, your average outdoor enthusiast may describe a perfect weekend spent ogling dramatic landscapes and

Aug 15, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail”

​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail”

The High Sierra Trail Outmersive Films, 2018 "When you hike the High Sierra Trail, your mind begins to follow your body, instead of the other way

Jul 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

​Every year, thousands of hikers start their journey down the Appalachian Trail, each hopeful to earn the title of “thru-hiker” in a few months'

Jun 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Avoid Altitude Sickness During High-Elevation Hikes

How to Avoid Altitude Sickness During High-Elevation Hikes

Congratulations! After years of hiking and climbing at lower altitudes, you’ve decided to climb that high-elevation peak or take the high-country

May 2, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn