I'm a passionate hiker and educator based in the Pacific Northwest. I started thru-hiking to help me battle mental illness and prove to myself just how amazing I am. Over the last few years I've section hiked about 40% of the Pacific Crest Trail and countless other trails up and down the West Coast. Much of my hiking is covered on my website - westcoasthikergirl.com
EXPED Ultra 5R Sleeping Mat Review
EXPED’s recent release of their “Ultra” series of sleeping mats offers adventurers a lightweight and compact inflatable mat with multiple options for shape, size and warmth. This, plus their commitment to high quality and sustainability, put them on the map as an industry leader in the USA.
Here’s How to Volunteer on The Triple Crown Trails for 2022 National Trails Day
Have you wondered what comes next after you've completed your thru-hike? Besides heading out on another thru-hike, many hikers choose to give back to
Zenbivy Light Bed 10 Review
I’ve slept in a half dozen different women’s mummy bags and quilts over my years of backpacking and have never been completely satisfied or particularly comfortable. That is, until this year when Zenbivy released their redesigned Light Bed.
Six Moon Designs Owyhee Tarp Review
Brand new for 2021, Six Moon Designs’ Owyhee Tarp is based on the design of the hyperlight Owyhee Wild tarp made with Dyneema fabric and released a season before. Designed with less expensive but still incredibly lightweight fabric, the new Owyhee Tarp includes a couple additional features such as a detachable bathtub floor, a clothesline and stash pockets. Six Moon Design's Owyhee Tarp offers a compromise between weight and cost while offering some key features of a comfortable 2-person tent.
Gear Review: Xero Shoes Mesa Trail
I first learned about Xero shoes from an ad in a popular hiking magazine. It was a sandal, rolled up into a small circle, loosely held between a
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Daybreaker Pack
We all love our gear but it can sometimes be hard to rationalize having so many different packs. Six Moon Designs is on a mission to offer a modern
Gear Review: Altra Tushar Boot
The brand new Altra Tushar is the next level ultralight hiking boot you didn’t realise you needed. The Tushar is lightweight, waterproof, breathable, grippy, rugged and tough – perfect for offseason mountain adventures.
Seven Exercises to Build Strength and Stability for Hiking
We often think about training our larger muscles but neglect to develop good posture and alignment. This series of exercises was developed to help build strength and stability so that your body can move more efficiently with less risk of injury.
The Evolution of Backpacking Gear
Backpacking and thru-hiking gear are experiencing an evolutionary change. Few innovations had occurred in outdoor gear for decades. Thankfully, the
Trail Profile: Hut to Hut on the 112-Mile Sunshine Coast Trail
The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 112-mile community-built trail located just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is the West Coast’s first and only hut-to-hut trail.