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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19 Must-Have Gear Items According to 2021 Thru-Hikers

19 Must-Have Gear Items According to 2021 Thru-Hikers

Outfitting yourself for a thru-hike is hard: no amount of research will let you know for sure which items will work for you when it comes time to

Jun 16, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Man and 2-Year-Old Son Found Dead on Maryland AT in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Man and 2-Year-Old Son Found Dead on Maryland AT in Apparent Murder-Suicide

A father and son were found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Boonsboro, MD on Friday morning in an apparent murder-suicide, according to Maryland

Jun 11, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Portion of AT in Cherokee NF Closed to Camping Due to Bear Activity

Portion of AT in Cherokee NF Closed to Camping Due to Bear Activity

A stretch of the Appalachian Trail in northern Tennessee near the Virginia border has been closed to camping "due to multiple reports of aggressive

Jun 7, 2021 : Kelly Floro
[UPDATED] Missing AT Hiker Found Safe According to PA State Police

[UPDATED] Missing AT Hiker Found Safe According to PA State Police

Updated 5:30 AM ET 5/31/2021: Pennsylvania State Police said that John Dunnam, a hiker who had been reported missing on the AT in the Chimney Rocks

May 30, 2021 : Kelly Floro
1,230 Mile California Coastal Trail 70% Complete According to New Map

1,230 Mile California Coastal Trail 70% Complete According to New Map

The California Coastal Commission has released a new digital map of the California Coastal Trail (CCT), an in-progress multi-use path that will

May 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro
ATC to Resume 2000-Miler Program, Says Thru-Hikes Now “Safer”

ATC to Resume 2000-Miler Program, Says Thru-Hikes Now “Safer”

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced on Tuesday that "long-distance hiking on the A.T. is now considered to be a safer activity." The

May 12, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Review

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Review

The cottage gear world's most beloved puffy jacket just got an update. The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover retains all the glorious synthetic

Apr 28, 2021 : Kelly Floro
AT Killer James Jordan Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

AT Killer James Jordan Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

James Jordan, the Massachusetts man who killed an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and seriously wounded another in a May 2019 attack, has been ruled not

Apr 26, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Hiker Found Dead on Mt. Whitney Likely Attempting Single-Day Summit

Hiker Found Dead on Mt. Whitney Likely Attempting Single-Day Summit

Following an intensive two-day search, on Tuesday Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the body of a deceased hiker who had been reported missing

Apr 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, I became one of many thru-hikers to get involved with vanlife. As is often the case, getting back into the swing

Apr 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro