10,000 Lakes

I’m feeling a bit like the character Eugene Henderson in the book Henderson the Rain King. It seems that every place I’ve hiked the rain has followed.
Despite the unexpected downpour that lingers in my steps, my now 45-mile-long excursion along the SHT has been lacking
Many of the creeks and streams are dry. And here I was, thinking that water would be plentiful because Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
One morning I started the day with three liters of water. ...

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Gear Review: Inov-8 Terraultra G 260 Shoes with Graphene Grip

A few months back we wrote an article about how graphene would be the next word added to thru-hiker lingo bingo. From that article a few of you readers suggested that we review some of the graphene composite shoes being made by Inov-8—and we’re really thankful you did.
Inov-8 was the first and is still the only company to utilize the Nobel prize-winning material graphene in sports footwear. This was made possible through the partnership formed with Manchester University in England—the place where the whole graphene revolution kicked off. ...

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Lady Slippers

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, I began my 300-mile thru-hike along the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT).
The intention of this hike is to raise money and awareness for PGM ONE, the People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and Environment.
As a tribute to George Floyd, the hike began at 8:46 a.m. and ended at the first 8.46 miles. I was joined by several white women who expressed they wanted to hike in solidarity with me, ...

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Scotland, the Poor Hiker’s Friend

Raised a Hiker
Growing up, I remember that there were times where pretty much every supper we had included white rice, to the point that I got desperately sick of it. So a little over a decade later I often still can’t eat it plain, and I distinctly recall that when my older brothers moved out, there was suddenly more variety in our diet. I remember days, weeks even, when we couldn’t afford to even buy cheese, ...

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My Long Trail Gear Review

My Long Trail thru-hike is just under two weeks away, yay! As I’m starting to pack in earnest, it feels like the perfect time to share my gear list and gear reviews. So, here goes!
The Big Three: Shelter
My shelter is the Nemo Hornet Elite 2P Ultralight backpacking tent. It was more than I planned to spend ($499.95), but I saved 25% during REI’s Annual Anniversary Sale. The Hornet Elite weighs in at 33.6 ounces, ...

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Colorado Trail: It’s Go Time

I have decided to pursue a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail! Why? It is close to home and my gear bag is already packed for this adventure. I feel that I can safely take on this trail within COVID-19 regulations, and I am ready to live out my dream of becoming a full time hiker.
July 4, 2020
The day my husband and I were supposed to fly to Maine to begin our SOBO hike of the Appalachian Trail. ...

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