Freelance writer, blogger, storyteller and editor - I specialize in outdoor recreation and lifestyle, health/wellness/women's interests and mindful inspiration. Email: email@example.com
Sensory Hiking Helped Me Heal!
After years of struggling with fatigue, brain fog, hair loss and depression due to PTSD, Shannon Tripp found the key to healing...right outside her back door.
I Finally Restored My Spark!
Battling tiredness and exhaustion, Sheila Hansen discovered a remedy she never considered before to restore her energy. Told in the voice of Sheila, her journey from trials to triumphs relays how minimizing EMF (electromagnectic frequencies) helped bring her life and joy back again.
Female Hygiene While Backpacking: Myths and Advice
Female backpacking hygiene is important to stay healthy and comfortable on trips in the backcountry. Whether you identify as female or male, you’re going to gain some beneficial insight in this article to help you rock it whether you’re thru-hiking or on a shorter backpacking trip. This guide focuses on two sections: 1) My experience as a woman on trail and what I myself and other female hikers do to stay hygienically healthy
2) Debunking some of the common myths or prevailing attitudes about women and female hygiene while backpacking
The Guide to Hiking with Your Period
Here’s my simple guide to educate and encourage you to hike and camp with your period, while also addressing many common questions and concerns. Having your period doesn’t need to be a reason to keep you from hiking and backpacking. In fact, with the right preparation and knowledge, you can still enjoy and thrive in the outdoors while experiencing your monthly flow.
10 Appalachian Trail Tips for Women
If you’re a woman who dreams of walking the Appalachian Trail as either a thru-hike or in sections, you probably have thoughts and questions you’d prefer answered with a female perspective. Based on my experience of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, this woman-focused, informative article is filled with tips and insight to both educate and inspire women interested in the marvels of long-distance hiking.
Ladies, Sex Drive Disappearing? Try These Natural Libido-Boosting Remedies
Why does a woman's sex drive disappear? Here's a look at the many reasons why while also offering natural libido-boosting remedies to re-ignite a woman's sexual flame. Note: I wrote this post as a ghostwriter.
Pleasure in Pain
What if hardship can actually be enjoyable? On this podcast episode, I share a personal narrative from the beaches of Thailand to the mountains of Maine, telling of a an encounter with strangers on the Appalachian Trail that completely changed my perspective on pleasure and pain.
Thru-Hiker Yoga: What, Why, and How
Based on my experience as a yoga practitioner/instructor and a long-distance hiker, learn why stretching is such a valuable counterpart to hiking, and see examples of easy-to-do poses that will most benefit a hiker's body.
Natural Sunscreen: Why It’s Safer AND How to Make Your Own
What are the downfalls of chemical sunscreens and why is using a mineral sunscreen or making your own is a safer choice? Learn the ins and outs of this topic in addition to insight on Vitamin D, how to choose a sunscreen, a recipe to make your own, and other useful tips to protect your skin. Note: I was the ghostwriter for this post.
Physical, Mental and Social Benefits of Hiking [Explained With Studies]
Between the office jobs, internet-based remote work, indoor living spaces, and the amount of time we spend in our vehicles, a breath of fresh air is needed more than ever. This article covers the physical, mental, and social health benefits of hiking.
Leadership Every Day is a unique, simple and understandable approach to leading at home, work, spiritual life and community. With original content and a different approach at tackling some of leadership's tougher subjects, Ryan Luke's storytelling method uses a simple format to teach leadership performance to anyone looking to improve and enhance their leadership skills. Note: I edited content and did copyediting for this book.
What is Hiker Trash?
The label ‘Hiker Trash’ is a term of endearment for those in the long-distance hiking community who have chosen to ditch social norms and live another way while on a trail journey. That ‘another way’ can be both wondrous and freeing, yet also a bit confusing to those that come upon us outside a grocery store as we shovel chips in our mouths with one hand while stuffing our backpacks full of noodles with the other.
So what is Hiker Trash really and why do we do the questionable things we do?
Thru-Hiker Fashion 101
Hawaiian shirts. Trucker hats. Fluorescent-colored running shorts. Kilts. Huge beards. All super hot, even when you smell really raunchy.
When I started my thru-hike of the AT a few years back, I was kitted out in the most boring outfit ever: khaki, zip-off trekking pants, a red merino wool T-shirt (OK, this item was fine), and a beige cap. Dull and kinda bland, blah. Like noodles with no seasoning packet; mac with no cheese.
The Ultimate Guide To Healthy Backpacking Food (Inexpensive, Lightweight, & Tasty)
If you want to feel good and perform at your best while backpacking, doesn’t it also make sense to think about what food you're going to eat? Eating healthy while on trail can be easy, affordable and can actually taste really good once you familiarize yourself with this guide on how to do it right.
Hiking with Raynaud’s Disease
Raynaud’s disease, syndrome, or phenomenon is an abnormal condition where arteries in the extremities such as the toes and fingers suddenly constrict. As unpleasant as this sounds, Raynaud’s doesn't have to prevent you from hiking or backpacking even in cold weather. As someone with Raynaud's, I believe preparation and prevention are the keys to when temperatures drop. Here are my top tips for managing with Raynaud’s in the outdoors.