Effie Drew

You may find me answering to Baby while walking or paddling a long trail with my loyal and down-for-anything pup, Luna. Since 2015, we've logged over 7,000 miles on long-distance adventures together, including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Cohos Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I believe in the power of new places, people and experiences that challenge and shape our self-mindfulness and understanding of others and the world surrounding us. I think the trails provide us with the time and space to do so. You can find me at @babygotbackwoods_ or babygotbackwoods.com.

Posts

Gear Review: Northern Ultralight Sundown

Gear Review: Northern Ultralight Sundown

The Northern Ultralight Sundown is built for ultralight thru-hiking. It has a simple roll-top design that’s made to withstand the elements of the

Oct 30, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Deschutes Tarp

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Deschutes Tarp

For thru-hikers and backpackers looking for a simple ultralight shelter, the Deschutes Solo Tarp is a reliable and affordable choice. It’s not flashy, but it’s a shelter for anyone who likes to hike long days and optimize space in their pack.

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Outdoor Research Wayward II Sun Shirt

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Wayward II Sun Shirt

While the Wayward II doesn't blow me away in any one category, it’s overall performance balanced many features that are important on a long-distance adventure - breathability, temperature-regulation, coverage, comfort and durability - making it a solid choice for long days on the trail or out on the water.

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Outdoor Research Hooded Ferrosi Jacket

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Hooded Ferrosi Jacket

A longtime staple in many adventurers' closets, the Outdoor Research Hooded Ferrosi has some newly improved details for 2019, including wide thumb

Sep 20, 2019 : Effie Drew
Baby’s Wind River Gear List: High Elevation, Potential Snow

Baby’s Wind River Gear List: High Elevation, Potential Snow

I'm heading out to the Wind River Range for a figure-eight traverse of the High Routes, putting together a combination of Andrew Skurka’s 100-mile

Aug 12, 2019 : Effie Drew
Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Enigma Quilt

The Enlightened Equipment Enigma is a popular ultralight quilt with backpackers, thru-hikers, and other weight-conscious adventurers. The Enigma has

Jul 18, 2019 : Effie Drew
The Jordan Trail: 400 Miles on Foot Through History

The Jordan Trail: 400 Miles on Foot Through History

The following is a sponsored post courtesy of the Jordan Trail Association.   The Jordan Trail is a newly established path traveling across

Jun 10, 2019 : Effie Drew
Mountain Fire Closure is Lifted. Here’s What it Took to Repair this Section of the PCT

Mountain Fire Closure is Lifted. Here’s What it Took to Repair this Section of the PCT

If you’ve hiked the Pacific Crest Trail within the past five years, you probably remember having to detour around the fire closure above Idyllwild,

May 13, 2019 : Effie Drew
The Cohos Trail: 170 Miles of New Hampshire’s North Woods

The Cohos Trail: 170 Miles of New Hampshire’s North Woods

The relatively new and unknown Cohos (Coh-ahs) Trail extends 170 miles through Northern New Hampshire from the Canadian border near Pittsburg to

Apr 15, 2019 : Effie Drew
The Basics of Planning a CDT Thru-Hike

The Basics of Planning a CDT Thru-Hike

Thinking about, or planning a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail? There’s a lot I think you should know, so for this first part, let's about timeline, navigation, alternates, information sources, and water.

Mar 30, 2019 : Effie Drew