Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, the lead writer and content editor of this site. Before I started working for The Trek, I thru-hiked the AT and explored many other incredible trails around North America. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking.

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Meeting a Thru-Hiker at Katahdin? Here’s What You Should Know.

Meeting a Thru-Hiker at Katahdin? Here’s What You Should Know.

Many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers meet up with family and friends when they reach Baxter State Park. Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine, is a

Jul 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
7 Simple Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Thru-Hike

7 Simple Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Thru-Hike

The Appalachian Trail was my first thru-hike and my first substantial hike of any kind. I prepared myself for the undertaking as best I

Jul 20, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Flip-Flopping From Katahdin? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Flip-Flopping From Katahdin? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Every year around this time, would-be NOBO AT thru-hikers flip north to Katahdin and start hiking southbound instead. Hikers choose to flip up to

Jul 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Camper Killed by Grizzly Bear Near Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

Camper Killed by Grizzly Bear Near Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) officials are searching for a grizzly bear that attacked and killed a camper early Tuesday morning. They plan

Jul 6, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Pisgah NF Announces Max Patch Camping Ban and Other Restrictions

Pisgah NF Announces Max Patch Camping Ban and Other Restrictions

Pisgah National Forest announced a two-year camping ban and several other restrictions at Max Patch on Thursday morning, citing overcrowding and

Jul 1, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Triple-Digit Temps Forecast for PCT This Weekend Amid Dangerous Heatwave

Triple-Digit Temps Forecast for PCT This Weekend Amid Dangerous Heatwave

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of a "record-breaking and dangerous heatwave" forecast to slam the Pacific Northwest starting this

Jun 24, 2021 : Kelly Floro
AZ Wildfires Prompt Forest Closures, Shutting Down 38% of Arizona Trail

AZ Wildfires Prompt Forest Closures, Shutting Down 38% of Arizona Trail

Wildfires currently raging across Arizona have prompted full closures of several national forests within the state in the interest of public safety.

Jun 23, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Inyo Creek Fire Closes Whitney Portal, Hikers Evacuated

Inyo Creek Fire Closes Whitney Portal, Hikers Evacuated

Hikers are being evacuated from Whitney Portal trailhead near the community of Lone Pine due to a wildfire in the area. The Inyo Creek Fire was

Jun 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Virginia Triple Crown: 34 Iconic Miles of AT Backpacking

The Virginia Triple Crown: 34 Iconic Miles of AT Backpacking

Dragon’s Tooth. McAfee Knob. Tinker Cliffs. Hike all three of these spectacular destinations along the Virginia Appalachian Trail to complete the

Jun 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Hiker Dies on PCT Near Paradise Valley Cafe Amid Record Heatwave

Hiker Dies on PCT Near Paradise Valley Cafe Amid Record Heatwave

A hiker died on the Pacific Crest Trail just south of Highway 74 on Wednesday amid triple-digit temperatures. Firefighters were dispatched to the

Jun 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro