Kate Richard

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.

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REI Co-op Swiftland Hybrid Running Pants Review

REI Co-op Swiftland Hybrid Running Pants Review

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

Feb 7, 2023 : Kate Richard
Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

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

Jan 31, 2023 : Kate Richard
The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

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.

Jan 17, 2023 : Kate Richard
Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

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

Jan 4, 2023 : Kate Richard
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2022 Thru-Hiker Survey

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

Dec 21, 2022 : Kate Richard
Zenbivy Light Bed Double 25 Review

Zenbivy Light Bed Double 25 Review

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

Dec 12, 2022 : Kate Richard
Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear 2.5 Liter Fanny Pack Review

Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear 2.5 Liter Fanny Pack Review

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

Dec 8, 2022 : Kate Richard
The 2022 AT Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

The 2022 AT Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

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

Dec 7, 2022 : Kate Richard
Tattoos in Week Two

Tattoos in Week Two

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

Jun 4, 2019 : Kate Richard
Wait, I’m in the Desert? Feat. GOT Watch Parties and Giant Blood Blisters

Wait, I’m in the Desert? Feat. GOT Watch Parties and Giant Blood Blisters

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

May 20, 2019 : Kate Richard