Eloise Robbins

I'm a triple crowner (PCT 2016, CDT 2017, AT 2018) with over two decades of backpacking experience. On trail, I go by Fun Size. In 2019, I hiked Vermont's Long Trail with Chester the nine pound dog, and I'm planning on thru-hiking the Great Divide Trail in 2021. You can read more of my writing at www.funsizehikes.com

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10 Reasons the PCT Is Better Than the AT

10 Reasons the PCT Is Better Than the AT

Are you already a PCT lover and AT hater? Take a look at this mostly tongue in cheek article and learn why the PCT is so much better than the AT.

Nov 21, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
10 Reasons Why the AT Is Better Than the PCT

10 Reasons Why the AT Is Better Than the PCT

Do you already know why the AT is superior to the PCT? Are you trying to figure out if you want to hike an east coast trail? Or just want to read something controversial? Take a look at this mostly tongue in cheek article and learn why the AT is so much better than the PCT.

Nov 15, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
The Ultimate Guide to Cowboy Camping

The Ultimate Guide to Cowboy Camping

It’s that magical time of the year again: cowboy camping season. The desert is cooling off and hikers are heading out on the Arizona Trail or

Oct 6, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
How to Pick the Perfect Sun Hoodie for Your Next Hike

How to Pick the Perfect Sun Hoodie for Your Next Hike

If you’ve been on any long trail lately, you’ve seen hikers wearing trendy sun hoodies. These long sleeved garments are replacing Hawaiin shirts and collared button up shirts as the thru-hiker’s shirt of choice. Are you ready to make the switch and try out a sun hoodie?

Sep 27, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
9 Tips to Help You Choose a Perfect Campsite Every Time

9 Tips to Help You Choose a Perfect Campsite Every Time

These tips will help you choose the perfect camp spot, no matter what type of shelter you use or what the weather is doing.

Aug 18, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Review

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Review

The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2  is a thru-hiker favorite. This semi-freestanding tent is light weight, easy to pitch, and manufactured with sustainability in mind. But can you really fit two people in it?

Apr 4, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
How Much Should You Really Plan Your Thru-Hike?

How Much Should You Really Plan Your Thru-Hike?

Are you about to start a thru-hike? Terrified that you’re underprepared? Worried that you don’t know every single town stop, or where you’re camping every night for the first month? Let’s talk about just how much you should really plan out your hike.

Mar 8, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
10 Ways to Deal with the Cold if You Start the AT in February

10 Ways to Deal with the Cold if You Start the AT in February

Starting your AT thru-hike in February is a unique, incredible experience. However, you are likely to encounter plenty of winter weather, which can

Jan 26, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
Why You Need to Learn Gear First Aid Before Your Thru-Hike

Why You Need to Learn Gear First Aid Before Your Thru-Hike

Every hopeful thru-hiker learns how to pop blisters and deal with basic medical emergencies before a thru-hike. But what do you do when it’s your gear that breaks?

Nov 2, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
5 Things You Should Know Before Hiking the Great Divide Trail

5 Things You Should Know Before Hiking the Great Divide Trail

Is the Great Divide Trail on your thru-hike bucket list yet? If not, it’s time to add this stunning Canadian hike.

Sep 28, 2021 : Eloise Robbins