A once and future thru-hiker, Laura has trekked the Pacific Crest, Colorado, and Wonderland Trails, as well as section hikes of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Coast and Appalachain Trails. She is a regular contributor to Backpacker, handling all aspects of sock testing and reviews for their biannual gear guide, and writes the Wild Woman and iSurvived columns for Survivor’s Edge magazine. Her work has also been featured in Roots RatedAmerican Survival Guide, and blogs for MSR and Osprey. After working in publishing for eight years amid the urban jungle of New York City, today Laura can be found testing gear and creating GPX tracks on trails long and short from her home base in Seattle.