Gear Aficionado Reporting for Duty

My quest began one average day at my local outfitter. Two months after my thru-hike, I walked into the place with a sense of authority. I scoffed at the salesman fitting a woman with the wrong size pack. I gasped in horror at the sad selection of trekking poles. I debated with the “backpack expert” about the true recommended pack weight of an Osprey Atmos 65!

This. Stops. Now.

I promise to rise above the unknowledgeable sales clerks, internet gear rants, and judgmental connoisseurs. My quest is to debunk, inform, discover, experience, and update on the subject of gear.   My past, present, and future hikers follow my journey to the perfect pack.

I will not be the one to say “you can’t do that.” Who am I to judge how a hiker wants to hike? I am here for guidance. Turn to me for your questions. No gear inquiries are too small. Underwear to sleep system, each piece of gear is important.  I will speak to the minimalist, the gear junkie, the packrat, the couples, and the money conscious minded alike.

As a former thru-hiker, I know how it feels to walk two hours in a downpour and hike with blisters and bruises. I’ve seen the downtrodden with worn, holey shoes and leaky tents. Rise above the reviews and advice from those who can’t even pronounce “Katahdin.”

Heed my warnings beloved trail family! Follow and read my words! The mission in search of the best gear has now begun for I am Madison,

The Gear Aficionado


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