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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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
ATC Urges 2021 Hikers to Take Precautions, Consider Alternatives

ATC Urges 2021 Hikers to Take Precautions, Consider Alternatives

In an open letter to 2021 trail users, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on Thursday urged long-distance hikers to take steps to prevent the spread

Nov 13, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The 13 Best Deals from REI’s Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale for Hikers

The 13 Best Deals from REI’s Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale for Hikers

REI's Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale is a perfect opportunity to gear up for another year of adventure. The sale runs from November 13th to November 23rd,

Nov 12, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Stunning New Documentary “Why (Do I Hike)” is a Love Letter to Thru-Hiking

Stunning New Documentary “Why (Do I Hike)” is a Love Letter to Thru-Hiking

Croatian filmmaker and thru-hiker Nikola "Tesla" Horvat has released a stunning new documentary from the Colorado Trail entitled "Why (Do I Hike)."

Nov 10, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Top of Georgia Hiker Hostel to Reopen as Around the Bend

Top of Georgia Hiker Hostel to Reopen as Around the Bend

The iconic AT hostel Top of Georgia, which closed its doors in May 2019, is reopening under new ownership with the name Around the Bend. Gordon and

Nov 5, 2020 : Kelly Floro