Katie Jackson

Howdy! I'm Katie, a thru-hiker and ultrarunner based in Colorado, who loves long walks, tall mountains, and steaming hot chai lattes. After hiking the Colorado Trail in 2022 and the John Muir Trail in 2023, I leave soon on a 2024 thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. Follow along on my journey with the articles below, or through my photography on Instagram (@k80.trail).

Posts

Life Is a Highway (And I’m Gonna Walk It All Day Long)

Life Is a Highway (And I’m Gonna Walk It All Day Long)

My body eases into being back on trail with all the grace of an elephant skateboarding. Every joint and muscle in my lower body rebels with each

May 23, 2024 : Katie Jackson
Getting Off Trail

Getting Off Trail

I leave Silver City with a 5-day course of antibiotics, a persistent infection in my toenail, and a tentative exit plan from trail. While in town, I

May 17, 2024 : Katie Jackson
Bones in the Chihuahuan Desert

Bones in the Chihuahuan Desert

The constant blanketing of bodies and bones across the desert floor–  more than a little disconcerting– do little to make me feel welcome in the

May 9, 2024 : Katie Jackson
The Worst Section on the CDT

The Worst Section on the CDT

Throughout all my preparation for the Continental Divide Trail, I’d been constantly warned about the first 84 miles from the Mexican border to

May 3, 2024 : Katie Jackson
10 Reasons to Not Hike the Continental Divide Trail

10 Reasons to Not Hike the Continental Divide Trail

It feels impossible to write an introductory paragraph about a life event as monumental as this one. I've been planning my thru-hike of the

Apr 10, 2024 : Katie Jackson
Continental Divide Trail Gear List: The Essentials & More

Continental Divide Trail Gear List: The Essentials & More

What gear should I bring on the Continental Divide Trail? A brief look into my packing list, and a comparison between the gear for the this trail and for my previous thru-hikes.

Mar 29, 2024 : Katie Jackson
Enlightened Equipment Revelation Review

Enlightened Equipment Revelation Review

There are few things I hate more than being cold in the backcountry. When I first started backpacking, I prioritized price over everything else and

Mar 28, 2024 : Katie Jackson
Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Review

Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Review

I am on a quest to find the perfect backpack."But wait," you say. "That's such a subjective title to give a highly variable piece of

Mar 26, 2024 : Katie Jackson
Down vs. Synthetic Insulation in Backpacking Gear: Which Is Better?

Down vs. Synthetic Insulation in Backpacking Gear: Which Is Better?

Thru-hikers everywhere obsess way too much over the most minute of gear decisions. This is a fact. It is also understandable, as hikers gamble their

Mar 25, 2024 : Katie Jackson
My 4 Biggest Regrets From My John Muir Trail Thru-Hike

My 4 Biggest Regrets From My John Muir Trail Thru-Hike

One week into my thru-hike of the John Muir Trail, I found myself crying in my tent, terrified and in pain, searching my map for a route off the

Feb 15, 2024 : Katie Jackson