Rachel M.

Rachel M.

Fryeburg, ME

I thruhiked the AT in 2018! Now I do short backpacking trips, vanlife adventures, and host a podcast with adventurers. I love helping people get outside. Find me at trailnamehere.com


My Products

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent
My all time favorite tent

I switched over to this tent in Fontana Dam during my 2018 AT thruhike. I had been using a Big Agnes Copper Spur 1, which had been leaking terribly and was just too small for me. I’m obsessed with this tent. It’s easy to use, super light, durable, affordable, roomy, well ventilated, dries quickly, and so much more. I have 0 complaints about it. The only times I had trouble with it was trying to pitch it in the snow and when I tried to camp in it in a bad rain storm after storing it wet for the fourth night in a row. The only single thing I’d change is I’d make it cuben fiber, but if I did that I wouldn’t have been able to afford it! Do yourself a favor and buy this tent for your next solo trek.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
A classic for a reason

This filter is reliable, long lasting, and super easy to rig into an online filter. I have zero complaints about this filter. I will say: the bags will break after a while if you’re thruhiking. Consider replacing with a CNOC bag or a Platypus bag. You can even just screw this onto a smart water bottle but beware that the water bottle will pull the o-ring out of place and deform its if you screw it on too tight. Backflushing really does help too!

Thermarest Xtherm Inflatable Camping Mattress

Thermarest Xtherm Inflatable Camping Mattress
This pad saved me

I got this pad through amazing after I had 2 other sleeping pads (a Bjg Agnes and a klymit) have defects leaving me cold in February while thruhiking. I’m in love with this pad. It’s durable. Light weight. WARM. comfortable. Easy to use. Easy to pack. I have zero complaints. Even cleaning it was easy.

MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
My stove of choice

Lightweight and does the job. I carried this on the AT for my thruhike. A former thruhiker gave it to me after they used it for their thruhike. I still use this at least a few times a month. Boils water super fast but can simmer if you finesse it right! Can’t complain about the weigh either.

La Sportiva Bushido Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Bushido Shoe - Women's
My running shoe of choice

I love trail running in these. The foot bed is perfect for me. They’re super light. The soles are durable. The breathability is amazing too. The grip is perfect for running on the granite in the northeast or the slippery, pine needle trails in the southeast.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoe - Women's
My favorite thruhiking shoes

I wore these for my AT thruhike in 2018. I loved them and still do. At home I wear the Bushido but these were more durable and had a thicker sole to accommodate more miles. The seam where the toe rubber meets the mesh upper is prone to tearing and that was annoying. But they were so comfortable and the soles lasted for a solid 600-800 miles.

Toaks Titanium 750ml Pot

Toaks Titanium 750ml Pot
Light and versatile

This style stayed in its shape better than the wide mouth pot version they sell. It’s light and versatile. I used it as a mug, bowl, pot, and popcorn maker. I love that I can put this on the inside of my food bag or hang it on the outside of my pack. Just don’t lose the lid!

Petzl Tikka Headlamp

Petzl Tikka Headlamp
Fantastic and versatile

This was my second headlamp after losing my Black Diamond lamp during my 2018 thruhike of the AT. I love that this has 3 brightness settings, a red lamp, and the glow in the dark feature. I never lost it. It’s super comfortable and simple to use. You can also buy an insert to make it rechargeable but I just used AAA batteries.

Osprey Eja 58 Backpack

Osprey Eja 58 Backpack
My favorite pack so far

I’ve tried three packs and settled on this one for my Appalachian Trail thruhike in 2018. I downgraded to the 48L after my thru. This pack is so durable, comfortable and roomy! It’s also pretty light for a traditional style pack. The water bottle pockets, the pole holders, and the ventilation were my favorite aspects.