Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, the lead writer and content editor of this site. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking. Appalachian Trail 2018 Wonderland Trail (+ a dozen or so other NPS trails) 2019 Colorado Trail 2020 Colorado Trail 2021.

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Is Freezer Bag Cooking Really Safe?

Is Freezer Bag Cooking Really Safe?

If you dehydrate your own backpacking food, you probably package individual servings in quart-size freezer bags. Not only are Ziplocs a lightweight,

Nov 1, 2022 : Kelly Floro
6 All-Too Common Backpacking Myths That Need to Die

6 All-Too Common Backpacking Myths That Need to Die

You might have thought backpacking was just a straightforward way to unplug and connect with nature, but no! It is a lifestyle rife with controversy

Oct 25, 2022 : Kelly Floro
How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit

How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit

It's that time of year again. The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) will open the PCT Long-distance Permit application on Tuesday, November 15th

Oct 17, 2022 : Kelly Floro
5 of the Best Backpacking Trips in Olympic National Park

5 of the Best Backpacking Trips in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a hiker’s dream destination. How many other places in the United States can you hike from the white sand beaches of the

Oct 12, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Share Your Favorite Spooky Hiking Stories with The Trek

Share Your Favorite Spooky Hiking Stories with The Trek

Spooky season is upon us once more, my friends. From mysterious howling in the woods to possibly witnessing the start of an alien invasion, we've all

Oct 10, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Katabatic Alsek 22 Ultralight Quilt Review

Katabatic Alsek 22 Ultralight Quilt Review

The Katabatic Alsek is an ultralight quilt built with cold sleepers in mind. I’ve always wanted to make the leap from my heavy mummy bag to a more

Oct 10, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Sierra Designs Women’s Hiking Apparel Review

Sierra Designs Women’s Hiking Apparel Review

If you’re going to exist in the same set of clothes every day for six months at a time, it’s important to wear something you actually like. We tested

Oct 7, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Think Twice Before You Jump Into That Tempting Alpine Lake

Think Twice Before You Jump Into That Tempting Alpine Lake

Everyone loves a good dunk in a scenic alpine lake. What could be more refreshing or more memorable? Besides being plain old fun, swimming helps

Sep 26, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Lightheart Gear Rain Jacket Review

Lightheart Gear Rain Jacket Review

The most important function of rain gear is to keep you warm, not necessarily dry. So why do we all insist on shelling out hundreds of dollars on

Sep 16, 2022 : Kelly Floro
The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Female Urination Devices for Backpacking

The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Female Urination Devices for Backpacking

I balked at the idea of a female urination device (FUD) when I first heard of it. It sounded silly and not very hygienic. But eventually, I was

Sep 15, 2022 : Kelly Floro