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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Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2021 (Thru-Hiker Friendly)

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2021 (Thru-Hiker Friendly)

It may not be as sexy as a tent, backpack, or sleeping bag, but the humble backpacking sleeping pad is just as critical (and often just as expensive)

Feb 2, 2021 : Kelly Floro
ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) indicated in a post on January 21st that they will not issue hangtags or recognize thru-hikes while the

Jan 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
2021 PCT Long-distance Permits Will be Issued; Portal to Open January 19

2021 PCT Long-distance Permits Will be Issued; Portal to Open January 19

The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) announced on January 5 that 2021 PCT Long-distance Permits will be issued at normal levels starting

Jan 5, 2021 : Kelly Floro
A Complete List of Individual Permits Needed to Hike the PCT

A Complete List of Individual Permits Needed to Hike the PCT

Every (normal) year, prospective PCT thru-hikers queue up in an online waiting room to apply for a PCT Long-distance Permit. This interagency pass is

Jan 5, 2021 : Kelly Floro
6 New Year’s Resolutions for Backpackers and Thru-Hikers

6 New Year’s Resolutions for Backpackers and Thru-Hikers

New year, new plans. 2020 may have been the life goals-equivalent of getting hit in the face by a water balloon full of warm, chunky trash juice, but

Dec 31, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Year in Review: 19 of The Trek’s Top Posts from 2020

Year in Review: 19 of The Trek’s Top Posts from 2020

2020: Well, that happened. The pandemic has turned our lives upside down and come to define our lives in many ways. But amazingly, there was more to

Dec 23, 2020 : Kelly Floro
19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know

19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking—and in the age of Covid, that could be more true now than it ever has been before. If you're

Dec 8, 2020 : Kelly Floro
How to Get a Job in the Outdoor Industry

How to Get a Job in the Outdoor Industry

You know that sinking feeling you sometimes get when you have to leave the trail for civilized life? Imagine you never have to feel that

Dec 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The Thru-Hiker’s Gift Guide: Under $50

The Thru-Hiker’s Gift Guide: Under $50

It's that time of year again. If you're looking for the perfect budget-friendly gift for the thru-hiker in your life, never fear: we're here to help.

Nov 25, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The Best Day Hike in Every State

The Best Day Hike in Every State

Today is National Take a Hike Day. What better way to celebrate than with a day hike in your local area? No matter where you live, chances are there

Nov 17, 2020 : Kelly Floro