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: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Circumstances of Review I have used this jacket during both rainy walks in Philadelphia, and wet early-fall hikes in the Pennsylvania woods. We've

Oct 3, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
The Best Backpacking Trails in Pennsylvania

The Best Backpacking Trails in Pennsylvania

With roughly half the state covered in forest, it's no surprise that Pennsylvania is home to some of the premier backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic.

Sep 26, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

When asked about their first overnight trip, your average outdoor enthusiast may describe a perfect weekend spent ogling dramatic landscapes and

Aug 15, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail”

​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail”

Chris and John at the start of their hike. The documentary has a beautifully unique voice and tone to it, thanks to the narration of retired

Jul 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

​Every year, thousands of hikers start their journey down the Appalachian Trail, each hopeful to earn the title of “thru-hiker” in a few months'

Jun 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Avoid Altitude Sickness During High-Elevation Hikes

How to Avoid Altitude Sickness During High-Elevation Hikes

Congratulations! After years of hiking and climbing at lower altitudes, you’ve decided to climb that high-elevation peak or take the high-country

May 2, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

With more than 6,000 volunteers dedicating around 270,000 hours each year, the Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s largest ongoing volunteer

Apr 18, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance

Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance

Mar 22, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Whether it's for a short day hike, or roughing it for a few days in the backcountry, there are certain essentials that most hikers won't leave home

Feb 23, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The Empire State is known throughout the AT community for being Total Distance: 3.6 miles (with longer options available) About The Hike:

Jan 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn