I'm Madeline, but my trail name is Photon. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 and got to be a part of the inaugural group of Trail Correspondents for Backpacker Radio. I had such a great time that I kept the ball rolling and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2019. After living and working in Joshua Tree National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, and biking across Mexico, I have settled in Santa Cruz, California.
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Once you have committed to a thru-hike, or even just to backpacking as a hobby, it can be daunting to dive into the world of backpacking gear. I’m here to walk you through why going ultralight from the get-go is well worth your consideration.