Author: jessica

Escape to Havasupai

Escape to Havasupai

Many of you know if you actually get through to talk to someone and get a permit you are a lucky one. Many people spend days and hours trying to get through to someone just to visit this place. I honestly don’t know if it’s luck or time of day all I know is that I have been lucky enough to go three times. If you have ever been here you know it’s like a paradise and an escape from the real world. Luckily there is no cell service in the campgrounds and you can truly unplug from the world for a few days.
The first time I went to Havasupai I Had no idea what to expect or even what to bring. Each time I went I learned to only pack the necessities because after backpacking for 10 miles you will be thankful you packed light. It’s still no easy trek but you can at least help prepare yourself a little bit. So if you have any questions hopefully I can help answer them for you!

backpacking HavasupaiWater

I usually pack about 2-3 liters in a camelback for my hike in. When you arrive in havasupai village there are two small stores that you can purchase more water at, but even better there is a fresh water spring in the camp site. You can drink right from there! But just in case as backup, since the spring has had times of contamination before, always bring a water filter. This makes it much easier to cook food and have clean water so you aren’t walking back and forth from the spring many times a day.

Food

Dry Meals! Not gonna lie I love some of the dry meals, I had chicken risotto (by backpackers pantry) this last trip and oh ma gosh it was good. Depending on how many days you are down there it’s good to have breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Along with dry meals pack some yummy snacks, I love beef jerky, nuts, apples (even though they are heavy), nut butters, protein bars, or energy chews. It’s always good to pack a little more food than you think you’ll cause trust me after backpacking 10 miles you will be very hungry!
Note: Always hang your food in the campsite, there are some hungry little creatures down there who will chew through anything to try and get it!

Shoes

Make sure you have comfortable hiking shoes/boots that you have worn before, break shoes in on a new trail is no walk in the park! I love my keen summer hiking shoes they are super light and breathable. I always pack a pair of water shoes, when you hike to the last waterfall it’s about 3.5 miles each way and a lot of it is through water. Chacos are a great choice, unkeeks by keen are good, tevas, etc. Don’t forget to bring along moleskin, you will most likely start to have some blisters and this helps cover them up well.

Gear

Life made easy the day I bought a jet boil, it’s a backpacker’s best friend. It is lightweight and heats water very quickly. It makes cooking dry meals extra easy. You want to make sure you have a lightweight sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and either a hammock or a tent. Many people sleep in hammocks in the campground; I am more of a tent sleeper so I like to pack that down. The therma-rest is a great light weight sleeping pad and its folds away super small. Sleeping bags are a personal preference, just make sure the temperature of the bag is what you want and that its light weight. Packing a small day pack is also helpful for the days you do some shorter hiking, then you don’t have to take your entire pack.

Clothes

Depending on the time of year you can usually gauge what is best to pack, I always make sure to have a few options. Bringing a rain coat is important just in case, along with warm clothes if it is hot during the day. This last time it was the perfect temperatures but I always try and make sure I pack for any type of weather. Remember to not over pack too many clothes because weight can add up after you get everything in your pack.
Happy Trails!

Havasupai

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

 

Many people always ask me, why do you hike so much? What sparked your passion behind this? I always tell my story how it is, I have been through a lot in life so far, and when I was going through a hard time hiking freed me from my anxiety. I started on small trails and tried to just get outside to think. What I found was the mountains and nature sorted what I was thinking out, I always left feeling refreshed. As soon as I became more comfortable on the trails, I wanted to hike higher and see more places I always saw in pictures. And so I started to go, I would hike alone, I would hike with people, and I started playing with cameras. Before I knew it this was my hobby, hiking to beautiful sceneries, taking in the natural beauty and capturing it with a camera. The outdoors has helped me in so many ways, I hope I can give that same feeling back to you.

I wanted to start this blog to show you more details of my hiking and travels than what I can show on just Instagram. I will be showing hiking trails in my area and new trails as I travel along. I hope to help give info and prepare you in getting ready for day hiking, backpacking, or camping. I also try to keep it healthy on the trail so I’ll share some food tips. I work with various companies and gear to show you what I like best, Thanks so much for all the continuous support. Happy Trails!

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