J. Taylor Bell

j. taylor bell (he/him) is a wildland firefighter and an extremely enthusiastic birdwatcher. He also has a collection of poetry titled HELLO CRUEL WORLD (Wendy’s Subway, 2021) and will be starting PhD research at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia whenever it’s safe. Peep some extremely occasional twitter banter, or wave hello @jtaylorbell1 @disco_steww

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The Arizona Trail Gear List

The Arizona Trail Gear List

Oh, those halcyon days of knowing exactly what was necessary on a thru-hike and what was absolutely frivolous and decadent. Simpler times they were,

Sep 14, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
A Short & Sweet Introduction to Picking Edible Berries Along the PCT

A Short & Sweet Introduction to Picking Edible Berries Along the PCT

The west becomes a movable feast in the summer, when the mountains aren't just alive with wildflowers and fauna, but when the nature also becomes

Aug 10, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
Salomon Ultra Glide Trail Running Shoes Review

Salomon Ultra Glide Trail Running Shoes Review

The results are in. Let it be known that—based on some articles on the internet, a majority of the reviews on their website, and all those hikes I

Jul 27, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
Patagonia Refugio 30L Daypack Review

Patagonia Refugio 30L Daypack Review

Hello? Waiter? Yes, I'll have the word salad please. Which one you ask? Why, the "7.3-oz 400-denier 100% postconsumer recycled polyester with a PU

Jul 21, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
6 of the Most Outrageously Long Hikes in the US

6 of the Most Outrageously Long Hikes in the US

If you've ever hiked on the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail, you're probably familiar with the sentiment that "it's the people that make the

Jul 13, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Tent Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Tent Review

If you've already heard about the Ultamid 2, you probably heard that it's the Taj Mahal of tents. Seriously y'all this thing will dominate any

May 25, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
The Ultimate Guide to Resupply and Towns on the Arizona Trail

The Ultimate Guide to Resupply and Towns on the Arizona Trail

One of the best and simultaneously worst things about the AZT has to be the preponderance of towns along the way. Some may even hazard to say that

May 19, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
Jolly Gear Triple Crown Button Down Sun Hoodie Review

Jolly Gear Triple Crown Button Down Sun Hoodie Review

Surely we can agree that a thru-hike has always been a chance to fly your freakiest flags. You've got your ever-more-swashbuckling Hawaiian

May 9, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
(Almost) Every PCT Town, Ranked

(Almost) Every PCT Town, Ranked

My recurring mantra on the PCT last year was a little bit unorthodox: "Never skip a town" is basically the only thing I told myself on a regular

Feb 7, 2022 : J. Taylor Bell
I’ve Been a Thru-Hiker Since 2013: Here’s How Gear Has Changed

I’ve Been a Thru-Hiker Since 2013: Here’s How Gear Has Changed

When I graduated from college in 2013, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. But I did know that I wanted to hike as much of the Appalachian

Dec 31, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell