Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, managing editor of this site. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking. Thru-hikes: Appalachian Trail 2018 | Wonderland Trail 2019 | Colorado Trail 2020 + 2021 | Wind River High Route 2022 | Pyrenean Haute Route 2023

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Trail Community Reels From Death of Well-Known Hiker in White Mountains

Trail Community Reels From Death of Well-Known Hiker in White Mountains

Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a missing hiker from New Hampshire's White Mountains near Mount Guyot early Thursday morning. In a

Jan 18, 2024 : Kelly Floro
Is It Time For Thru-Hikers To Ditch Their Smartwater Bottles?

Is It Time For Thru-Hikers To Ditch Their Smartwater Bottles?

Researchers from Columbia University and Rutgers University have found alarming numbers of plastic particles in bottled drinking water: more than

Jan 16, 2024 : Kelly Floro
AT Hikers Must Now Purchase a Permit To Hike Through Shenandoah National Park

AT Hikers Must Now Purchase a Permit To Hike Through Shenandoah National Park

Visitors wishing to camp backcountry in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park will now have to purchase a permit online at Recreation.gov in order to

Jan 11, 2024 : Kelly Floro
HRP Chapter 20: The Wall

HRP Chapter 20: The Wall

Day 37 There's no point in sleeping in this morning since most of us were up half the night anyway. While leaving Las Ilas, we are serenaded by yet

Nov 20, 2023 : Kelly Floro
HRP Chapter 19: Party in Dogtown

HRP Chapter 19: Party in Dogtown

Day 35 Awareness comes gradually. It's morning. The sun is already up, but the campsite remains still and quiet. Everyone is caught up in a magic

Nov 14, 2023 : Kelly Floro
How to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Planning to Thru-Hike

How to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Planning to Thru-Hike

So, you're planning to thru-hike a long trail. You've done some research, started laying plans, and maybe even have a tentative start date in mind.

Nov 14, 2023 : Kelly Floro
HRP Chapter 18: Canigou

HRP Chapter 18: Canigou

Day 33 Tom Martens says to carry water for this stage because it's very dry. To that end, Harv and I fill up our bottles at Ull de Ter and start

Nov 13, 2023 : Kelly Floro
HRP Chapter 17: The Power of Meat

HRP Chapter 17: The Power of Meat

Hitching back to the trail from Pas de la Casa is tricky. Our route lies on the other side of the Andorra-France border, and understandably, no one

Nov 12, 2023 : Kelly Floro
HRP Chapter 16: There Is No Such Thing as Snow

HRP Chapter 16: There Is No Such Thing as Snow

Day 29 Turns out the bus from La Massana is free all week because the city is hosting the mountain biking world cup. Free stuff for the win!

Nov 11, 2023 : Kelly Floro
HRP Chapter 15: Lounge Music and Existential Dread

HRP Chapter 15: Lounge Music and Existential Dread

Day 28 We pack up silently in the dark, moving with purpose. It's Town Day, baby! There's no time to lose. Today we'll enter Andorra and catch a bus

Nov 10, 2023 : Kelly Floro