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What Backpacking Has Taught me about Thankfulness

What Backpacking Has Taught me about Thankfulness

Backpacking has taught me what it means to be grateful. Somehow, in the process of not having access to anything but what is on my back, when I return from a trip, I can appreciate all the little facets that make “normal” living so wonderful. Some of these things seem...
How I Became a Backpacker

How I Became a Backpacker

As a kid, teenager, and young person, I constantly had a restlessness in my feet, but I didn’t know why. In an article published today in Trails Magazine—an online magazine that focuses on the athletes and culture of long distance backpacking—for the first time,...
Mushroom Trip Report

Mushroom Trip Report

I’ve done some hiking, and done some eating, but never before has hiking actually yielded me more food than I started the trip with! This fall, I went on my first mushroom forage with mycologist extraordinaire Lara from Portland, OR. I had always imagined mushroom...
Savory Bar Review: Gardenbar Mexican Savory

Savory Bar Review: Gardenbar Mexican Savory

This is part of a multi-part series reviewing the State of the Hiker Food Market highlighting the new trend of savory food bars. To see other savory bar reviews, check out the savory bar series. With Brian  Davidson (trail name: Mr. Gorbachev), we took the Garden Bar...