Alexa Shapiro

Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a California transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Minnesota. It was there that I first fell in love with backpacking after attempting a thru hike of Missouri's Ozark Trail. Since then, I've completed the Pacific Crest Trail (17') and have plans to attempt a solo hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in the fall of 2018. When not backpacking, I'm trying my best to overcome my fear of heights by rock climbing, practicing yoga, and searching for the best burrito in the Midwest.. so far with no luck. You can follow my adventures here on The Trek or on Instagram @alexamshapiro. And... seriously... if you know of a good burrito place... hit me up.

Posts

Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Gear decisions have always been a major point of stress for me. My nightmare is combing the internet for hours on end comparing price points and

Nov 15, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Reflections on a Trail Well Traveled

Reflections on a Trail Well Traveled

I was silly to think that we would be immune to post trail depression. For months now, we both felt like the end of the trail would come as a bit

Sep 21, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
We made it to here!

We made it to here!

On Sunday, my trail family of six officially arrived at Monument 78, the US/Canada border. After 147 days, we completed the Pacific Crest

Sep 19, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Food Review: Muir Energy Gel

Food Review: Muir Energy Gel

I recently had the opportunity to try out a relatively new gel made from a San Diego based company called instagram, according to one post. Their

Sep 8, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Washington Update: Smoke!

Washington Update: Smoke!

Oh, Washington. You're sky has been filled with smoke since the day before we descended into Snoqualmie. I believe beautiful views exist beyond

Sep 8, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Washington Update: The Trail is on Fire

Washington Update: The Trail is on Fire

There was something emotional about walking across the Bridge of the Gods Saturday morning, bellies full of omelettes and cinnamon rolls and

Sep 1, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
And with that, Oregon is complete.

And with that, Oregon is complete.

When we left the Sierras and set our sights on Oregon, it was with a bit of trepidation and anticipation in our bellies. We had heard such

Aug 25, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Q&A post-California

Q&A post-California

A little late but as promised, here's a list of some questions and answers we've been asked during our time hiking through California.

Aug 20, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Update from the Trail: Overview of the Sierras and our Trailcation

Update from the Trail: Overview of the Sierras and our Trailcation

As promised, I wanted to take sometime to reflect on the remainder of our Sierra experience and talk about our short trailcation (trail-vacation) in

Aug 9, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Quick Update from the Trail: Out of the Sierras!

Quick Update from the Trail: Out of the Sierras!

Hello friends and family! Good news, we made it safely through the Sierras! I'll be posting a more thorough blog update later, along with a few other

Aug 8, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro