Kelly Floro

My name's Kelly, but hikers call me Ibex. I cut my teeth as a thru-hiker on the AT in 2018. Then in 2019, I converted a van and set out to hike as many North American trails as possible. These included the Grand Canyon, Wonderland Trail, Bisti Badlands, and a metric butt-ton of US and Canadian national parks. The adventure will continue in 2020 with a northbound thru-hike of the PCT. Let's do this!

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Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Camping shelters are as diverse as the backpackers who carry them. From freestanding tents to trekking pole setups, from tarps to hammocks to plain

Jul 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Minimalist Pack

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Minimalist Pack

The world of lightweight backpacks welcomed a new contender in 2018, the 48-liter Six Moon Designs Minimalist. Designed with comfort and durability

Jul 2, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail, you probably have a lot of questions right about now. Who better to answer them than the

Jun 17, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Three Fun (and Easy) DIY Gear Projects to Save You Money

Three Fun (and Easy) DIY Gear Projects to Save You Money

Let’s talk about MYOG. It’s not just the sound I make when a shelter mouse runs across my sleeping bag in the dead of night. MYOG stands for Make

May 5, 2019 : Kelly Floro
How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

Have you ever noticed that thru-hikers have an awful lot in common with zombies? Both are prone to shuffling glassy-eyed through the woods at strange

Apr 3, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Anatomy of an AT Trail Town: Five Features to Look For

Anatomy of an AT Trail Town: Five Features to Look For

One of my favorite memories from the Appalachian Trail is the street festival I stumbled upon in Manchester Center, VT, as I came into town for a

Mar 28, 2019 : Kelly Floro
10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

It’s just before dawn, and the mountains all around you are tranquil. You can tell it’s going to be a glorious morning, and you feel the call of a

Mar 21, 2019 : Kelly Floro