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!
Camping shelters are as diverse as the backpackers who carry them. From freestanding tents to trekking pole setups, from tarps to hammocks to plain
The world of lightweight backpacks welcomed a new contender in 2018, the 48-liter Six Moon Designs Minimalist. Designed with comfort and durability
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
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
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
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