HIKING & BACKPACKING

Hiking is perhaps the most intimate and immersive way to experience nature. When we carry everything we need into the wilderness, we come to appreciate the planet and our own bodies and minds in equal measure.

My goal is to help more people discover the benefits of hiking, overcome barriers to getting started (I promise it’s not that hard), and grow their skills. Whether you’re a seasoned thru hiker or brand new day hiker, I hope you’ll find something useful in this collection of resources inspired and informed by thousands of trail miles.

Explore Topics

GEAR

TRAILS

SKILLS

Explore Trails

ARIZONA TRAIL

COLORADO TRAIL

JOHN MUIR TRAIL

TAHOE RIM TRAIL

BACKPACKING TRAILS

DAY HIKES

Steep "trail" on Bintumani

INTERNATIONAL HIKES

Newest HIking Posts

Hi there, I’m Alissa. Since falling in love with the great outdoors I’ve had the pleasure of walking the Arizona Trail, Colorado Trail, John Muir Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, and countless shorter amazing trails throughout the US and abroad. I love solitude, big views, and a good lightweight gear setup.

I love spending nights under the stars, but a good day hike is satisfying too. I never hesitate to hike solo, but also enjoy company when my husband wants to join. I don’t always know what I’m doing – I just figure it out as I go! My other favorite ways of exploring are adventure travel and bikepacking. You can read more about me here.

BACKPACKING Basics

More Hiking Topics

LIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACKING

Outdoor skills

Close up of oatmeal with peanut butter as backpacking meal in collapsible cup

Food

Day hiking

THRU HIKING

Hiker stretches quads

sTRENGTH & mOBILITY

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