Shannon Goosebumps Roland

I fell in love with backpacking in the canyons of southern Utah and haven't been able to quit since. After getting my degree in Kinesiology with an option in Outdoor Education, I hit the Pacific Crest trail in 2014. Totally addicted, I decided to try the Appalachian trail in 2015. Now i'm off to New Zealand to see what a thru-hike is like overseas before heading home to finish my triple crown on the Continental Divide trail!

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Chacos: A Love Story for Your Feet

Chacos: A Love Story for Your Feet

My first encounter with Chacos was in the desert along the Pacific Crest trail. As I sat huddled under my tarp for some shade during the heat of

Feb 23, 2016 : Shannon Goosebumps Roland
My Big, Not So Fat, Thru Hiking Tramily

My Big, Not So Fat, Thru Hiking Tramily

One of the best things about thru hiking, for me, has got to be the people. The group dynamics you find on trail are unlike anything you'll find

Jan 6, 2016 : Shannon Goosebumps Roland
3 Tips for Hiking Through the PCT Desert

3 Tips for Hiking Through the PCT Desert

When deciding to hike the PCT, a daunting reality is the seven hundred miles of desert that greets you. Some common misconceptions are that you're in

Dec 23, 2015 : Shannon Goosebumps Roland
Three Trails, Three Setups: How my gear has changed over thru-hikes

Three Trails, Three Setups: How my gear has changed over thru-hikes

When getting ready for my first thru-hike, I did all the research I possibly could. As I started at the border of Mexico, I believed I had the

Dec 9, 2015 : Shannon Goosebumps Roland
I Miss It All

I Miss It All

I miss it all. I miss the trail. I miss the constant feeling of knowing where I'm going. The pull of the trail that drags you forward for six long

Nov 30, 2015 : Shannon Goosebumps Roland
What Was I Thinking?

What Was I Thinking?

The first time I told someone I was hiking the Pacific Crest trail, I wasn't afraid. It wasn't real to me yet. In the beginning, I was telling people

Nov 26, 2015 : Shannon Goosebumps Roland