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.
The Minong Ridge meanders through dams, birches then to a stunning campsite facing Canada.
It's a short walk to the cove through lightening, thunder and a downpour.
Carnelian beach is slow through overgrowth and wetland, then it's over Mount Desor to a lake.
The walk to a view is fogged in, but Blissful is rewarded with thousands of dew-covered spider webs.
The trail heads up to a ridge before descending through thick brush where I meet a moose and a fox.
A fog delay offers me another side or the island with thimbleberries, a sunset and an averted injury.
Casey Cox started his company after waiting, cold and hungry, his thumb out for a ride that never came.
Blissful will backpack Isle Royale next week, but this week is a much needed chill on Lake Superior.
This summer was absent travel, but next week I'll head north to backpack Isle Royale in Lake Superior.
Free soloing mountain climber Alex Honnold has a lot to teach about conquering out biggest goals.
We suffer thru-hiking for the transcendent, and appreciate it more because of our suffering.
I met Joshua on Flat Iron Ridge in Lassen National Park building a fire break with hand tools.
Here is the recipe for "vegan pemmican," a high-calorie and nutrient-rich bar.
On backpacking trips, day two always sucks and pretty much for the same reasons.
Walking to nursery school is my earliest memory, the first time I felt in charge of my being.
My dad took me out on the trail for the first time and it changed my life forever.
My biggest successes come when I went easier on the training and was more intentional.
To achieve anything, we need to acquire a thru-hiker's mindset. It's a matter of steps, one after the other.
A pee rag enables a female hiker to get the job done and focus on being her badass self.
The need for a lighter tent that wasn't a "coffin" led Judy Gross to design and make her own.
The benefit of pacing a long distance thru-hike more slowly is to be able to increase bliss.
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.
The Blissful Hiker spends the off-season building a professional recording booth with plans for a podcast.
The pandemic and its shelter-at-home mandates are pushing people to walk as never before in memory.