Colleen Goldhorn

Hello! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as either Spot or NoNa. I currently live in Rocksylvania, and have been in love with climbing the state's rocky peaks since I was a little girl. In 2016, I attempted a thru hike of the AT when illness unfortunately forced me off the trail - however I am currently working towards section hiking my way to Katahdin! You can usually catch me somewhere in the woods most likely hugging a tree, taking a thousand pictures of the same overlook, or eating my 5th Snickers bar of the day. Happy hiking!

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Gear Review: The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Boots

Gear Review: The North Face Ultra Fastpack Mid GTX Boots

Image via: thenorthface.com In recent years, trail runners have become all the rage among ultralight backpackers. They're comfortable, require

Nov 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
6 Ways To Get Outdoor Gear For Cheap

6 Ways To Get Outdoor Gear For Cheap

One of the biggest shocks for many newcomers to the backpacking world is just how expensive it can be to live on nothing but the "bare essentials."

Oct 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Okay, You’re Injured. Now What?

Okay, You’re Injured. Now What?

L​et's stop sugarcoating this and say it like it is: injuries suck. Whether you're suffering from a minor sprain or a torn ACL, recovery time can

Oct 11, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Katabatic Gear Onni 65L

Gear Review: Katabatic Gear Onni 65L

Basic Specs: Onni 65L by Katabatic Gear​​ is a backpacker's dream come true. The best part? This pack is incredibly lightweight coming in close to a

Sep 27, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Commonly voted a favorite spot along the Appalachian Trail​, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is a hiker's dream. ​​The trail through the

Sep 13, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why Every Hiker Should Take A Wilderness First Aid C​ourse

Why Every Hiker Should Take A Wilderness First Aid C​ourse

For most ultralight hikers, first aid kits are pretty minimal – often containing nothing more than a few bandaids, a couple doses of vitamin-I, a

Aug 24, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The beautiful state of Georgia is often celebrated on the trail as the first state for northbound thru hikers, and the finish line for southbounders.

Aug 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

With only 17.5 miles of the AT in West Virginia and 40 miles in Maryland, these two states are known for being the smallest on the trail. Their small

Jul 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why ​Every Hiker Should Take a Leave No Trace Course

Why ​Every Hiker Should Take a Leave No Trace Course

Leave No Trace Principles (also referred to simply as LNT)​, are the golden rules for outdoor ethics. Backpackers, climbers, hunters, bikers... all

Jul 13, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Pennsylvania: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Pennsylvania: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

If you are a frequent reader of my posts, then you know that I am a huge fan of Pennsylvania hiking. With that being said, after hiking all 250 miles

Jun 22, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn