Katie Houston

Katie (she/her) has the Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, and Lone Star Hiking Trail under her belt with a bucket list of many, many more. She is the Social Media Lead for The Trek and enjoys any opportunity to write about her adventures, good trail ethics, and trail stewardship. Check out her adventures with Thru the husky @oatshikes on Instagram or www.oatshikes.com

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Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Base Layers Review

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Base Layers Review

Whether you’re new to merino wool or you’re a devoted gear-head with a dialed-in pack, I’m revisiting a staple of Smartwool’s repertoire: the

Sep 28, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 22

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 22

Before the first light of the sun had a chance to illuminate the dark sky, I was stirring in my sleeping bag. Sit up, put up hair, careful not to

Sep 23, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 21

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 21

I woke up slowly to the sound of rain on the shelter roof. With cell service, I was able to see the storm would pass around 8 am and snuggled back

Sep 22, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 20

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 20

I woke up early, and knowing the day had 23 miles on the schedule I was ready to get a move on. From the sound of the raindrops on the shelter roof

Sep 21, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 19

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 19

I shot up at 5 am to the sounds of loud clatter and general debauchery coming from the kitchen. I soon heard meowing from my Dad's bedroom which I

Sep 20, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 18

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 18

I woke up 3 minutes before my phone would've begun vibrating the shelter floor. Even with the added chore of packing my mostly-dry tent into its

Sep 19, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 17

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 17

Even in the dark of the Standing Bear bunkhouse, I woke just as the sun began illuminating the common areas outside. Shapes of buildings were

Sep 17, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 16

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 16

Last night was the loudest storm I'd ever experienced in a shelter. We knew rain was expected to hit, but the incessant pounding of the heavy drops

Sep 16, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 15

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 15

All of us in the shelter that night settled in just before hiker midnight, but were woken several minutes later by a shrill, "Oh my gosh something

Sep 15, 2022 : Katie Houston
Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 14

Oats on the Appalachian High Route: Day 14

I stirred every hour past midnight to check my clock and make sure I hadn't missed the perfect hour to head to Newfound Gap and meet my Mom and her

Sep 14, 2022 : Katie Houston