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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Will Bark Beetles Spell the End of Forests As We Know Them?

Will Bark Beetles Spell the End of Forests As We Know Them?

Icefields Parkway winds its way through the Canadian Rockies between Banff and Jasper national parks. It's obvious why many count the Parkway among

Sep 21, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Numb Toes After Finishing Your Thru-Hike? Here’s Why.

Numb Toes After Finishing Your Thru-Hike? Here’s Why.

In July of 2018, I lost most of the sensitivity in my toes on both feet. I didn't think much of it at first. I was in the middle of an Appalachian

Sep 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
ATC Warns of Surge in COVID Cases Near 100 Mi Wilderness

ATC Warns of Surge in COVID Cases Near 100 Mi Wilderness

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) warned hikers today in a Facebook post of a reported uptick in COVID-19 cases near Maine's 100 Mile

Sep 10, 2021 : Kelly Floro
7 Things I Absolutely Hated About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

7 Things I Absolutely Hated About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

You either have a good time or a good story, as the saying goes.  Now that I've completed the Appalachian Trail, I love to look back and laugh at all

Sep 10, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Safe and Effective Hitchhiking

The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Safe and Effective Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is the easiest, most efficient way for thru-hikers to travel between town and the trail. After all, we don’t have cars and we often don’t

Sep 9, 2021 : Kelly Floro
This Map Predicts Peak Fall Color Change in Every US County

This Map Predicts Peak Fall Color Change in Every US County

Autumn is finally around the corner, though it may not feel like it at the moment. Much of the country is still baking in very summer-like heat, but

Sep 8, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Have We All Been Filtering Our Water Wrong the Whole Time?

Have We All Been Filtering Our Water Wrong the Whole Time?

On a recent backpacking trip, I stopped at a stream to filter water along with some other hikers. We were making hiker trash small talk (“Man, I'm

Sep 7, 2021 : Kelly Floro
New Legislation Could Fast-Track CDT Completion by 2028

New Legislation Could Fast-Track CDT Completion by 2028

A new bill introduced in the US House of Representatives last Friday would fast-track the completion of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

Sep 2, 2021 : Kelly Floro
All CA National Forests, Including PCT, Closed Due to Fires

All CA National Forests, Including PCT, Closed Due to Fires

The USDA Forest Service is closing all California national forests to the public for two weeks starting today. The closures affect some 20 million

Aug 31, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Thru-Hiker to Portage Canoe 300 Miles for Suicide Prevention

Thru-Hiker to Portage Canoe 300 Miles for Suicide Prevention

Evan Hansen will carry his canoe 300 miles across Minnesota to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. Click here to donate to Portage for

Aug 31, 2021 : Kelly Floro