Laura is a hiker and freelance writer whose work has been featured in Backpacker, Roots RatedAmerican Survival GuideThe Summit Register blog for MSR, and Survivor’s Edge, including their Wild Woman column. A native Pacific Northwesterner, she spent her early years in the foothills of the Cascades, hiking, backpacking, and falling in love with the outdoors. Always on the lookout for new adventure, she traded the rainshadow for the urban jungle in her twenties, exploring the magazine and book publishing worlds of New York City. But the mountains have a way of calling you home, so, in 2014, Laura and her husband thru-hiked the 2600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, reaching Canada in a little under five months.

Since then, the pair have been testing out gear and creating GPX tracks on trails long and short throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Wonderland Trail, Timberline Trail, the Enchantments, and section hikes of the Pacific Northwest Trail. A nominee for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council, Laura spends her zero days planning the next big hike, the Colorado Trail, from her home base in Seattle.