I'm Kate, aka Stickers on the trail. After growing up in New England, the Appalachian Trail was on my bucket list and I completed my thru hike of the AT in 2017. That got me hooked on the hiking lifestyle and I thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019. Nowadays, I'm a weekend warrior living in Portland, OR getting outside and traveling all over the West as much as possible.
Every year as summer changes into fall, I struggle to find a pair of pants to keep me warm and dry while I'm hiking or backpacking. The Swiftland
Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the backpack they used during their thru-hikes. In this
Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the sleeping systems they used on their 2022 thru-hike.
Each year here at The Trek, we survey long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the shelter systems they use. In this post we’ll cover
The second installation of the Trek’s annual AT Thru Hiker Survey covers all things footwear. Shoes are one of the most important gear choices to a
If you and your partner miss the feeling of sharing an actual bed while backpacking, the Zenbivy Light Bed Double 25 may be for you. It's not just a
Fanny packs have been making quite the comeback lately. Like many other hikers, I've made the switch from using hipbelt pockets to wearing a fanny
Welcome to the first post for the 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey! This year we added questions about power banks and hammock underquilts. We also removed
In week two, I hiked from Warner Springs to Paradise Valley Cafe. I spent the second half of the week waiting out a snowstorm, like so many other
I've had a great first week on the PCT. I've made it over 100 miles, I'm making good miles, and I'm having the time of my life of course. It feels so