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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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
16 Things 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need To Know

16 Things 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need To Know

In just a few short weeks, thru-hiking season will be upon us again. As the class of 2018 purchases the final pieces of gear and packs up the last

Dec 22, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Boots

Gear Review: The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Boots

The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Boots ​Basic Specs:​ MSRP: $150.00 Weight: 1 lb 6 oz / pair (based on Women’s 7) Materials: Upper -

Nov 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
6 Ways To Get Outdoor Gear For Cheap

6 Ways To Get Outdoor Gear For Cheap

One of the biggest shocks for many newcomers to the backpacking world is just how expensive it can be to live on nothing but the "bare essentials."

Oct 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Okay, You’re Injured. Now What?

Okay, You’re Injured. Now What?

L​et's stop sugarcoating this and say it like it is: injuries suck. Whether you're suffering from a minor sprain or a torn ACL, recovery time can

Oct 11, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Katabatic Gear Onni 65L

Gear Review: Katabatic Gear Onni 65L

Basic Specs: Katabatic Gear Onni 65L MSRP: $265 (+$25 for optional hip belt pockets) Weight: 1lb 11oz (27.9oz) for size medium Recommended Load:

Sep 27, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Commonly voted a favorite spot along the Appalachian Trail​, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is a hiker's dream. ​​The trail through the

Sep 13, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why Every Hiker Should Take A Wilderness First Aid C​ourse

Why Every Hiker Should Take A Wilderness First Aid C​ourse

For most ultralight hikers, first aid kits are pretty minimal – often containing nothing more than a few bandaids, a couple doses of vitamin-I, a

Aug 24, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The beautiful state of Georgia is often celebrated on the trail as the first state for northbound thru hikers, and the finish line for southbounders.

Aug 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

With only 17.5 miles of the AT in West Virginia and 40 miles in Maryland, these two states are known for being the smallest on the trail. Their small

Jul 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn