Florida and the PNW are home, have roadtripped, camped, hiked in all but 7 U.S. states so far. I have visited 39 National Parks/Forests and striving to hit all of them.
I am The Florida Ambassador for Hiker Babes and hit my 100th hike this year on Mt Mitchell (5 peaks so far) after section hiking the Appalachian Trail. I also lead a volunteer group of ladies for Conservation and Environmental Lands Management to blaze new trails in Florida and do cleanups for state parks/preserves. I would say I love the outdoors. Goals for the rest of this year are 1) hiking Everglades 2) more peaks 3) Becoming a National Park Ranger.
Balega Blister Resist Quarter Socks
Balega blister resist socks
Love them! I own several different brands of wool socks and have been satisfied until I tried this mohair blend socks. They are soft and comfy and have built in support across ankle. I did not get any blisters even after 15 miles. The best part? If you have to walk thru water, these dry much faster than the wool socks.
Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad
Klymit static V2
This sleeping pad has some great qualities, super light, it folds down to a smaller size than most other pads I have seen or tried. It feels great when you lay on it, you cannot feel rocks. For these things, its a thru-hikers dream. However, it took alot more than 12 breaths as stated. 29 to be exact, and after a day of section or thru-hiking at elevations, I feel this is significant. The only other negative I found with this pad is the biggest, every time I woke up, the pad was at least a foot away from me. Super slippery. So for this ...only 3 stars. What good is a sleeping pad if you cant sleep ON it.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
Sawyer micro squeeze
Love it! Took this on my last 2 camping/hiking trips and now on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail. Very easy to use, fit right onto my smart water bottle. For cleaning, Its a little tricky figuring out the right pressure for back washing, just takes some practice. Great product, does what it says. The reps at Sawyer are super nice too!