Lisa Pulsifer

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

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Gear Review: Xero Shoes Mesa Trail

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

Jul 29, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Daybreaker Pack

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

Apr 22, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
Gear Review: Altra Tushar Boot

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.

Feb 15, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
Seven Exercises to Build Strength and Stability for Hiking

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.

Feb 13, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
The Evolution of Backpacking Gear

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

Jan 30, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
Trail Profile: Hut to Hut on the 112-Mile Sunshine Coast Trail

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.

Oct 7, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Gear Review: Women’s Altra Superior 4.0

Gear Review: Women’s Altra Superior 4.0

The most important piece of gear for long-distance hikers is also one of the most personal - our shoes. One of the preferred brands of the thru-hiker community is Altra, which offers four different styles in their trail category including the Superior. The newer Superior 4.0 features some significant upgrades to the fit and durability of this excellent mid-range style.

Aug 21, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout

Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout has been my go-to tent for a summer of adventures. This single-person tent is a fantastic option for new long-distance hikers who want to count ounces but don't want to break the bank.

Aug 15, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington

512 miles, 111,000 feet of elevation gain, and 107,450 feet of elevation loss. And you thought the Sierra were hard! Due to the south-to-north trend

Aug 14, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
8 of the Best Stretches for Thru-Hikers

8 of the Best Stretches for Thru-Hikers

Long-distance backpacking may not be considered a sport by some, but that doesn't mean hikers aren't endurance athletes. Thru-hiking requires

Jun 10, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer