Dear reader,

Hi there and thank you for reading! My name is Melia and I’m a 20-something year old trail explorer, based in Southern California. I wanted to start this blog to raise awareness and address issues specifically faced by women in the outdoors. While there’s been much improvement with regard to access and opportunity for women…

FAQ: The John Muir Trail

Q: What kind of food did you eat? What was your favorite meal? All of the food I carried on the John Muir Trail was shelf-stable, meaning a lot of my meals were dehydrated or freeze-dried. It was vital for me to have a variety of choices for my 23-day trek, but for the most…

John Muir Trail: Clothing Guide

In summer of 2017, I was lucky enough to spend 23 days hiking 203 miles of the John Muir Trail. One of the most frequent questions I get asked is what I wore on the trail. I think clothing choices are very personal and depend on a lot of factors, including the conditions of the…

My First Summit

Do you remember the girl you were on your very first summit? Eager and wide eyed and frustrated and captivated all in one. Remember the voice that said, “there’s no way my body is gonna make it”, as you took one small step at a time up that mountain? Remember the self doubt and negative…