Emily Rahn

I've been a backpacker for more than a decade, but my first thru-hike was the Colorado Trail in 2019. It was amazing! I couldn't get enough of the alpine tundra and was exuberant over seeing seven moose!! Last year I attempted the Uinta Highline Trail, but had to bail due to a wildfire closure. This summer I am hiking the South Dakota Centennial Trail and Superior Hiking Trail.

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South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 8 & 9

South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 8 & 9

I love waking to a different, beautiful view at each campsite. This morning the rain fly had a little dew so we set it in the sun to dry.

Jul 10, 2021 : Emily Rahn
South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 6 & 7

South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 6 & 7

The day we ended up in our underwear, but not for kinky reasons. Before I get to that…

Jul 7, 2021 : Emily Rahn
South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 4 & 5

South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 4 & 5

After using water to make breakfast, we had less than a liter each for the seven mile hike to Lake Sheridan. Not ideal, as it was a warm day, but we powered through.

Jul 6, 2021 : Emily Rahn
South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 2 & 3

South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 2 & 3

I woke with the sun but didn’t get up right away, though I did start hydrating. We are using a gravity filter as our main clean water source.

Jul 4, 2021 : Emily Rahn
South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 0 & 1

South Dakota Centennial Trail Days 0 & 1

Why did I choose the South Dakota Centennial Trail for my next thru-hike? I haven’t been to the state and like the idea of exploring it on foot.

Jul 1, 2021 : Emily Rahn
Meal Preparation

Meal Preparation

I enjoy creating and assembling backpacking meals.  It is somewhat of a necessity since I am vegetarian, gluten free, and enjoy consuming nutritional meals on the trail.

Jun 27, 2021 : Emily Rahn
How I Got to Thru-Hiking

How I Got to Thru-Hiking

I was a bit stumped on how to introduce myself.  How does one describe a circuitous journey to spending day after day in the outdoors?

Jun 24, 2021 : Emily Rahn