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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It’s OK to Grieve the Loss of Your 2020 Thru-Hike

It’s OK to Grieve the Loss of Your 2020 Thru-Hike

Dear readers, Some of you have recently reached out to decry 2020 NOGO hikers who have claimed to experience grief at the sudden cancellation of

Sep 4, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The 10 Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking in 2020

The 10 Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking in 2020

Your headlamp might be tiny, but chances are it's one of the most crucial pieces of gear you own. Whether you're a consummate night hiker or you just

Sep 3, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Sarah Mabee didn’t know she’d be hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail this year. Nine months ago she didn’t have ambitions to hike any long trail,

Sep 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro
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