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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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
Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

With more than 6,000 volunteers dedicating around 270,000 hours each year, the Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s largest ongoing volunteer

Apr 18, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance

Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance

The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis Hardcover: 320

Mar 22, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Whether it's for a short day hike, or roughing it for a few days in the backcountry, there are certain essentials that most hikers won't leave home

Feb 23, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The Empire State is known throughout the AT community for being tough on hikers. Steep, yet short ups-and-downs paired with a decent amount of rocks

Jan 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn