The contents of my day pack laid out. The pack is an 18 liter with space for a hydration bladder. If I don't carry the bladder, I've got a refillable water bottle in it's place. Depending on the weather, I'll add a layer or two of insulation and my rain gear. With the contents of … Continue reading The Essentials
With the coming holiday of Thanksgiving in the U.S. I have been reflecting a lot on how I got here to this place in my life of hiking. The people and places that have shaped my experiences.
Traveling solo as a woman gets all kinds of scrutiny. A blog post by Dame Traveler got me thinking about my own solo travel. I've done my fair share of it. A day in Bogota, Columbia here, a day in Denver, Colorado there. Wandering the streets of Dublin. Walking in my own neighborhood at all … Continue reading Solo Hiker? Not really.
It's true, I have a problem. It's an obsession really. Patches. Or more specifically collecting them. I suppose the collection started innocently enough. I wanted a keepsake to remind me where I’d been on one of my first hiking trips. Some might say it's gotten out of control.
One of the more valuable skills for hiking is the ability to read a map. Paired with a compass and the knowledge of how to use them together to find your way, you have a valuable tool that isn't reliant on batteries, satellites or cell towers.