Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, the lead writer and content editor of this site. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking. Appalachian Trail 2018 Wonderland Trail (+ a dozen or so other NPS trails) 2019 Colorado Trail 2020 Colorado Trail 2021.

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12 Helpful Tips for Dealing With Rain While Hiking the Appalachian Trail

12 Helpful Tips for Dealing With Rain While Hiking the Appalachian Trail

No pain, no rain, no Maine. Every AT thru-hiker knows the expression. Unlike its western counterparts, the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide

Jan 25, 2023 : Kelly Floro
Two Hikers Dead, Actor Missing on California Mountain After Weeks of Extreme Weather

Two Hikers Dead, Actor Missing on California Mountain After Weeks of Extreme Weather

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department yesterday warned hikers to "think twice and heed warnings" before hiking on Mount San Antonio, better

Jan 20, 2023 : Kelly Floro
Hiker Reported Missing More Than 2 Months After Leaving for AT Trip

Hiker Reported Missing More Than 2 Months After Leaving for AT Trip

A hiker who apparently never returned from a backpacking trip in Shenandoah National Park over two months ago has been reported missing, according to

Dec 23, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Ibex Woolies Tech 1/4 Zip Base Layer Review

Ibex Woolies Tech 1/4 Zip Base Layer Review

Temperature regulation is tricky in winter, especially for a sweat monster like me. I'm liable to sweat even on the most frigid days, which is a big

Dec 20, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Zpacks Zip Around Sleeping Bag Review (First Impressions)

Zpacks Zip Around Sleeping Bag Review (First Impressions)

I've wanted to try a Zpacks sleeping bag for years, ever since a more experienced hiking friend (whom I secretly idolized) raved about her trusty

Dec 13, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Is Freezer Bag Cooking Really Safe?

Is Freezer Bag Cooking Really Safe?

If you dehydrate your own backpacking food, you probably package individual servings in quart-size freezer bags. Not only are Ziplocs a lightweight,

Nov 1, 2022 : Kelly Floro
6 All-Too Common Backpacking Myths That Need to Die

6 All-Too Common Backpacking Myths That Need to Die

You might have thought backpacking was just a straightforward way to unplug and connect with nature, but no! It is a lifestyle rife with controversy

Oct 25, 2022 : Kelly Floro
How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit

How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit

It's that time of year again. The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) will open the PCT Long-distance Permit application on Tuesday, November 15th

Oct 17, 2022 : Kelly Floro
5 of the Best Backpacking Trips in Olympic National Park

5 of the Best Backpacking Trips in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a hiker’s dream destination. How many other places in the United States can you hike from the white sand beaches of the

Oct 12, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Share Your Favorite Spooky Hiking Stories with The Trek

Share Your Favorite Spooky Hiking Stories with The Trek

Spooky season is upon us once more, my friends. From mysterious howling in the woods to possibly witnessing the start of an alien invasion, we've all

Oct 10, 2022 : Kelly Floro