Megan McGowan

On trail I'm known as Sourstraws, or just Straws for short. My husband Paul (aka Piñata) and I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2018. Back in "real life" for a while, we're working on section hiking the Arizona Trail. Read more at hikinghammonds.com

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How to Get to the CDT Southern Terminus

How to Get to the CDT Southern Terminus

Starting the CDT can be a little more complicated than the PCT or the AT, starting with the fact that there are actually three potential starting

Mar 27, 2019 : Megan McGowan
How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

One of life's biggest stressors—both on and off the trail—is money. Don't bring that stress with you during a thru-hike, or at least try to minimize

Mar 4, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review: Montbell Superior Down Trail Skirt

Gear Review: Montbell Superior Down Trail Skirt

Aside from taking this skirt on plenty of mountain hikes in cold weather, I also took it out for an overnight trip so I could compare how warm it

Dec 18, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review:  Montbell Thermawrap Trail Skirt

Gear Review: Montbell Thermawrap Trail Skirt

Weight: 4.1 ounces (117 grams) Insulation:  Synthetic Exceloft (polyester) with sewn-through construction Fabric: 20D Ripstop Nylon, 20-denier

Dec 10, 2018 : Megan McGowan
How to Be a Better Trail Angel

How to Be a Better Trail Angel

So you’re interested in being a trail angel?  Good for you! Maybe you’ve hiked a long trail and want to give back to the hiking community.  Maybe

Oct 23, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

I first learned of thru-hiking seven or eight years ago. I'd heard of the Pacific Crest Trail before, but I figured it was something just one or two

Sep 15, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Dodging Fires Through Montana

Dodging Fires Through Montana

  They say this trail is cold, and they were right. We haven't really had a hot day since New Mexico, but that all changed in Darby, MT. It

Sep 7, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Ups and Downs on the Idaho/Montana Border

Ups and Downs on the Idaho/Montana Border

The section of trail along the border between Idaho and Montana has a reputation among hikers as being full of PUDs--pointless ups and downs.

Aug 21, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Wowed by Wyoming: From the Winds to Yellowstone

Wowed by Wyoming: From the Winds to Yellowstone

The contrasts between one section of this trail and the next are amazing. With transitions that last only a moment, we move from desert, to

Aug 9, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Running Through Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

Running Through Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

Upon entering Wyoming, the CDT transitions quite rapidly from forested mountains to the flat and treeless basin of Wyoming's Red Desert. We emerged

Jul 31, 2018 : Megan McGowan