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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Appalachian Trail State Profile: Maryland

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Maryland

There's a reason Maryland is one of the most popular states among Appalachian Trail section hikers. It’s just 40 miles in length, making it ideal for

Sep 1, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Jeff “Legend” Garmire Begins Colorado Trail FKT Attempt

Jeff “Legend” Garmire Begins Colorado Trail FKT Attempt

Jeff “Legend” Garmire set out on the Colorado Trail at 6:52 MST Friday morning with a 32-pound pack and an ambitious goal to thru-hike the entire

Aug 28, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Appalachian Trail State Profile: West Virginia

Appalachian Trail State Profile: West Virginia

Of the 14 Appalachian Trail states, West Virginia is the shortest by far. Considering that there are only four (!!) miles of trail through the entire

Aug 28, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Vela 20 Two-Person Quilt

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Vela 20 Two-Person Quilt

The Vela is Therm-a-Rest’s first and only line of couples' backpacking quilts. As the outdoor equipment industry trends increasingly ultralight, the

Jul 16, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts for All Budgets

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts for All Budgets

A bad night’s sleep is the quickest way to ruin a camping trip. At best, you’re guaranteed to be sore, miserable, and exhausted by morning. At worst,

May 25, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Leaving the PCT Because of COVID-19: A Day-by-Day Breakdown

Leaving the PCT Because of COVID-19: A Day-by-Day Breakdown

A few weeks ago I decided to quit the PCT because of COVID-19. It sucks, but I’m one of the lucky ones. I still have a home, a job, and an intact

Apr 14, 2020 : Kelly Floro
How to Choose the Proper Rain Gear for Your Hike

How to Choose the Proper Rain Gear for Your Hike

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI.  Check out an REI Hiking Course near you.  Angry storm clouds swirl overhead as icy rain

Mar 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro
6 Long Trails That Are Perfect for Beginners

6 Long Trails That Are Perfect for Beginners

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI.  Check out an REI Hiking Course near you.  Are you a passionate day-hiker looking to break

Feb 25, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Gear Review: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Gear Review: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

MSR's Lightning Ascent snowshoes have been helping hikers navigate four-season conditions for years. Weighing in around four pounds, the Ascents are

Feb 24, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Appalachian Trail State Profile: Maine

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Maine

Two hundred and eighty-two miles of adventure are sandwiched between New Hampshire’s Mount Success and Katahdin, the revered Northern Terminus of the

Dec 4, 2019 : Kelly Floro