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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Think Twice Before You Jump Into That Tempting Alpine Lake

Think Twice Before You Jump Into That Tempting Alpine Lake

Everyone loves a good dunk in a scenic alpine lake. What could be more refreshing or more memorable? Besides being plain old fun, swimming helps

Sep 26, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Lightheart Gear Rain Jacket Review

Lightheart Gear Rain Jacket Review

The most important function of rain gear is to keep you warm, not necessarily dry. So why do we all insist on shelling out hundreds of dollars on

Sep 16, 2022 : Kelly Floro
The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Female Urination Devices for Backpacking

The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Female Urination Devices for Backpacking

I balked at the idea of a female urination device (FUD) when I first heard of it. It sounded silly and not very hygienic. But eventually, I was

Sep 15, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Is Universal Cell Phone Coverage Around the Corner?

Is Universal Cell Phone Coverage Around the Corner?

Apple announced last week that the iPhone 14 will soon be equipped to send SOS messages to emergency services via satellite when cell service and

Sep 14, 2022 : Kelly Floro
AT Thru-Hiker Drowns in Connecticut River New Hampshire

AT Thru-Hiker Drowns in Connecticut River New Hampshire

Authorities recovered the body of a drowning victim from the Connecticut River near Hanover, NH on Friday. The victim has been identified as Joey

Sep 11, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape and Serenity NetTent Review

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape and Serenity NetTent Review

What can I say? I'm a sucker for redundancy. And unfashionable rain gear. So when I heard about the Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape, a shaped tarp

Sep 9, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Wind River High Route Trip Report Part 2: Gear List, Food Plan, FAQs

Wind River High Route Trip Report Part 2: Gear List, Food Plan, FAQs

I was fortunate enough to complete the Wind River High Route this August with two friends. The best thing about a high route is that it's very much a

Sep 9, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Northern Terminus of Pacific Crest Trail Closed Due to Wildfires

Northern Terminus of Pacific Crest Trail Closed Due to Wildfires

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from mile 2636 to the Northern Terminus at the Canadian border due to several fires burning near the trail. No

Sep 8, 2022 : Kelly Floro
How to Prevent and Treat Blisters While Thru-Hiking

How to Prevent and Treat Blisters While Thru-Hiking

Blisters are the bane of every thru-hiker’s existence. Ignore them at your peril. Taking steps to avoid blisters while thru-hiking will save you from

Sep 7, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Wind River High Route Trip Report Part 1: Photographic Route Description

Wind River High Route Trip Report Part 1: Photographic Route Description

I was fortunate enough to complete the Wind River High Route this August with two friends. Below you'll find a detailed, photo-based description of

Sep 6, 2022 : Kelly Floro