backpacking, hiking and thru-hiking

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

Backpacking and long distance thru-hiking is not always blissful. It takes hard work, dedication and determination to stay the course when walking, tramping or trekking. But like life, the rewards are sweet for those willing to put one foot in front of the other.

My smiling avatar sitting in her lotus position was named in a contest by my followers “Anita Hike.”

Throughout my hiking career, my feet have moved me forward on six continents, in the United States, England, France, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa. Check the dropdown menu above for specific hike diaries and gear lists.


Judy met a guy with a much lighter tent while hiking the Appalachian Trail and it was not a
The need for a lighter, more spacious tent led this hiker to begin making her own.
The benefit of pacing a long distance thru-hike more slowly is to be able to increase bliss.
Melinda and Henry planned to hike the PCT from south to north, but came across deep snow and dangerous river crossings in the Sierra, so flipped up north to Washington and headed south to meet the spot where they left off.
It takes courage to change directions mid-stream.
He was the youngest solo thru-hiker on the PCT, but still couldn't finish the pancakes.
Lonnie Dupre knows grueling expeditions that need planning to implement and says surviving Covid is a lot the same.
To stay sane during a pandemic, find ways to stay active says a very active person herself under quarantine restrictions.