Samantha Olthof

You can call me Samwise (or Sam). I attempted to thru-hike the PCT in 2017, but it turned into more of a LASH (long-ass section hike). I've done the desert and Oregon, and am planning to get back as soon as possible to wrap up the rest of the trail. I am a proud Canadian, and I revel in living in the woods with my partner and puppy. You can check out more of my writing and gratuitous puppy pics at https://jubilant.blog

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Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

To those of you who have been following along since the first Wisdom from the (Recent) Past post, welcome back! To those of you just jumping in,

Apr 5, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

The last trail we are going to address on this Wisdom from the 2018 Thru-Hikers series is the epic, infamous CDT. The CDT tends to be less trafficked

Apr 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

We're back for a second dose of wisdom from the AT Class of 2018! As some eager 2019 NOBOs are getting their first miles under their feet, let's hear

Apr 1, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Before you head on the trail this year, tune in for some wisdom from the class of 2018!

Mar 25, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

This is the first in a series of posts called "Wisdom from the (Recent) Past" (inspired by a post of the same name from 2018), where we'll be

Mar 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

There is no question that thru-hiking communities tend to be pretty homogeneous. Here are some stats from the PCT Class of 2018 (and a similar survey

Mar 11, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

Heartburn while hiking can really take it out of you. Here are some strategies to reduce heartburn so you can get back to enjoying the wilderness.

Nov 21, 2018 : Samantha Olthof
La Cloche Silhouette Trail: 48 Miles in the Canadian Shield

La Cloche Silhouette Trail: 48 Miles in the Canadian Shield

La Cloche Silhouette Trail is a 48 mile trail found in Killarney Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. Killarney Provincial Park is a gem of Ontario, and La Cloche Silhouette Trail is a fantastic way to see it first-hand. It is an incredibly beautiful area, remote enough to not be swamped with tourists, but still well-established enough for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Anyone with decent backcountry experience should be able to do this trail in 4-6 days.

Oct 26, 2018 : Samantha Olthof
The Laugavegur Trail: 36 Miles Across Southern Iceland

The Laugavegur Trail: 36 Miles Across Southern Iceland

The Laugavegur Trail is a 36-mile trail stretching across southern Iceland, featuring a terrain diversity similar to the PCT: desert, glaciers,

Oct 5, 2018 : Samantha Olthof
Food Review: Packit Gourmet Homemade Backpacking Meals

Food Review: Packit Gourmet Homemade Backpacking Meals

Food is one of a thru-hiker's key concerns. How much, how often, and damn it had better taste good. Backpacking meals tend to have the benefit of being more calorie dense and nutritious than instant meals and Snickers bars. I'm not bashing the latter - both have their place in my food bag. Started as a way to feed their own family during outdoor adventures, Debbie and Jeff Mullins turned their backcountry culinary skills into a family-owned and operated business, Packit Gourmet.

Sep 21, 2018 : Samantha Olthof