Rachel

I'm a Minnesota native currently living in Denver. I've been gradually leveling up my hiking game from short day hikes to backcountry overnighters. I began section hiking the Colorado Trail in 2020 and hope to complete it over a few years. In 2021, I hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail. I love figuring out how to balance my full-time work life with a lot of hiking, camping, and backpacking.

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Colorado Trail Segment 8: The Sheep

Colorado Trail Segment 8: The Sheep

As Labor Day Weekend approached, my plan to hike another CT section loomed on my calendar. I struggled to muster the enthusiasm for yet another weekend backpacking trip. After all, with less than half the trail sections complete and the rest winding ever farther from Denver, section hiking the entire CT has started to feel a bit like a fool’s errand. (Hopefully you sense the ‘but’ coming.) BUT I’m so glad I went through with this trip.

Sep 13, 2021 : Rachel
Tahoe Rim Trail: Gear

Tahoe Rim Trail: Gear

Gear, gear, gear. Much of our Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) planning time was spent on gear. Did we have the right gear?  What is a luxury? Should we drop any items? What amount of money are we willing to spend on new gear? What is an acceptable dollar per ounce lost from our baseweight?

Aug 31, 2021 : Rachel
Tahoe Rim Trail: Trip Report

Tahoe Rim Trail: Trip Report

After 13 days, 168.6 miles, and (my dad’s favorite stat) 518,404 steps, Alex and I hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail! I still can’t quite believe it happened or that it’s already over. Join me in reliving my time on trail by reading a day-by-day account of our hike.

Aug 23, 2021 : Rachel
A 16-Question Interview with a 2021 NOBO PCT Hiker

A 16-Question Interview with a 2021 NOBO PCT Hiker

Remember a long time ago when I described how, until recently, I “let” my friends do basic backpacking chores for me, like filter water, use a Jet Boil, and carry our bear bin? Worry not – I have reduced my mooching ways, both out of necessity for solo section hikes of the Colorado Trail and simply to be a better person.

Apr 8, 2021 : Rachel
It’s the TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail) for Me

It’s the TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail) for Me

Last spring and summer, I section hiked 135 miles over some of the first 12 segments of the Colorado Trail. I hope to complete the remaining sections over time, as well as one day thru-hike the trail in one go.

Mar 13, 2021 : Rachel
El Camino Inca: 20 Miles Through the Andes to Machu Picchu

El Camino Inca: 20 Miles Through the Andes to Machu Picchu

When you’re in the middle of a pandemic, it never hurts to do a little daydreaming. Especially about international destinations that are off the current table. Though you may be stuck at home right now, join me on a mental journey to the jungle of Peru and learn why you may want to add the Inca Trail to your trekking and travel bucket lists.

Nov 21, 2020 : Rachel
Colorado Trail Segment 11B-12: The Solo Trip

Colorado Trail Segment 11B-12: The Solo Trip

Drumroll please: I quit my job! Long before the pandemic I’d hoped to quit my job earlier this summer to thru-hike about ¾ of the Colorado Trail. As everyone can relate, that did not exactly go to plan. I was very lucky to find a position I’m more excited about in the long term, with the added benefit of having a little time off between the two jobs. I decided to use a few of those days to complete my first ever solo backpacking trip while knocking out another segment and a half of the Colorado Trail.

Sep 14, 2020 : Rachel
Colorado Trail Segment 11A + Mt. Elbert: The Water

Colorado Trail Segment 11A + Mt. Elbert: The Water

Section hiking the Colorado Trail while working full-time requires some creativity. It isn’t always possible to hike an entire segment in a weekend, so I broke Segment 11 into two portions by splitting it at the Interlaken Trailhead. Alex and I added Mt. Elbert to what we called “Part A” as well, since Elbert’s trail directly intersects the CT. 

Sep 14, 2020 : Rachel
Colorado Trail Segment 7: The Black Diamond

Colorado Trail Segment 7: The Black Diamond

Segment 7 of the Colorado Trail links Breckenridge to Copper Mountain - a twenty minute drive along the highway, but a six hour trek that gains more than 3,600 feet (and loses most of that too). With about three and a half miles above treeline, I treated this hike as I would any Colorado 14er - start early and get back below treeline by noon.

Aug 26, 2020 : Rachel
Colorado Trail Segment 10 and Mount Massive: The Clouds

Colorado Trail Segment 10 and Mount Massive: The Clouds

In May, I’d completed Segments 1-5 of the Colorado Trail. In June, I didn’t hike a single mile. In July, I was back! And this time, I added a side

Aug 22, 2020 : Rachel