Kira Foxfeet Cotter

Yo yo yiggity yo! While in most circles I go by Kira, on trail and in the woods I’m known as Foxfeet. A PA native with a desire to explore and uproot, 2015 saw me attempting a NOBO thru-hike of the AT....That thru-hike turned flip-flop turned long-ass section hike was my first experience with solo camping/backpacking, and though I left the trail, it never left me. Since moving to Maine in fall of 2015, I’ve remained close to the AT, living and working in trail towns (Rangeley/Stratton) and at Sugarloaf. Having found an avid backpacker, gear junkie, and lover of the outdoors in my boyfriend, Garrett, we’ve decided that 2019 is the year for us to attempt a thru-hike together. As we also share an obsessive love of mac n’ cheese, I’m sure we’ll be fine. Follow us on our non-traditional SOBO-NOBO flip-flop of the AT, coming to readers like you mid-April 2019!

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Hi-Yo, Virginia! Away!

Hi-Yo, Virginia! Away!

Welcome to Virginia, for real! This near-150 mile stretch was a good one for us in many ways. For the first time, we did not have any deadlines or events that we were planning our hike around, and no reason to get off trail again, which was super exciting. Finally, the feeling of actually being on a thru-hike could settle in and take up residence. We met countless northbound hikers, made friends with any southbounders we came across (spoiler alert: there weren’t many), and even adopted one SOBO sectioner to start the makings of our very own trail family (tramily). We encountered critters aplenty, glamped our way through the Shenandoahs, hit several awesome and very hiker-friendly towns, and hiked some of our longest days ever as a couple. I’d say in the battle of hikers versus northern Virginia, hikers won!

Aug 16, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Two Down, Twelve to Go

Two Down, Twelve to Go

Check out trail update number two from our flip-flop thru-hike!

Jul 29, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Foxfeet’s Return and Our First 150 Miles

Foxfeet’s Return and Our First 150 Miles

Trail Update | 1 Hello again and welcome to anyone just tuning in for my first blog post from the trail! It's been more challenging than expected to

Jul 7, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Shaking It Down in AT Prep Town: Part Three

Shaking It Down in AT Prep Town: Part Three

Finally, the third and last chapter in my blog mini-series about our shakedown hikes over the past year or so!

Apr 8, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Shaking It Down in AT Prep Town: Part Two

Shaking It Down in AT Prep Town: Part Two

Welcome to the second installment of my blog mini-series, in which I talk your ears off....eyes out?....about a few more hiking trips I've done with my adventure partner, Garrett, over the past year or so. 

Apr 4, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Shaking It Down in AT Prep Town: Part One

Shaking It Down in AT Prep Town: Part One

Here I come with a blog mini-series, because one post with all of this information is JUST. TOO. MUCH.  In this three-part post frenzy, I will recount the most notable backpacking adventures and failed hiking plans (let's call them shakedowns) Garrett and I have had over the last year.

Mar 29, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Slashing My Base Weight with Five Big Gear Swaps

Slashing My Base Weight with Five Big Gear Swaps

Check out the five major gear changes I made between my 2015 thru-hike attempt and now, and how these changes alone have shaved POUNDS off my base weight!

Mar 20, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter
Becoming Dirty Hiker Trash 2.0

Becoming Dirty Hiker Trash 2.0

Who's getting back in the long-distance hiking saddle after four years of dreaming, planning, working, and saving?  This girl!

Feb 28, 2019 : Kira Foxfeet Cotter