The Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail, mile-for-mile, might be the prettiest long trail. My original plan was to start my thru-hike of the Arizona Trail on March 20th, 2020. I anticipated I would be finished with the trail

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Hiking The Continental Divide Trail

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail is, quite simply, amazing. While the Pacific Crest Trail is beautiful, the Continental Divide Trail is rugged, intense, and real in ways you wouldn't expect. Although I'm unlikely to thru-hike

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The Pacific Crest Trail

In May 2018 I started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After a year of discussing the plan with my boss, I was finally approved for unpaid time off to jump on the PCT! I managed

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Not Just Hiking

I have created a variety of little backpacking planning tools to help me plan backpacking […]

As someone that backpacks around 1000 miles a year, I need to have gear that […]

Most of my conversations, that aren’t about climate policy, tend to be about my two […]

Ultralight Backpacking

Welcome to yet another backpacking blog! This website was created by Peaches (Jeff Kessler), and is intended to help folks better learn about backpacking, and to aid them in planning their own trips. I enjoy thru-hiking and ultralight backpacking in the great outdoors. I also create fairly-technical tools (models) from time-to-time that can be used to better calculate thru-hiking costs, and can help tech-savvy backpackers plan trips.

I most recently finished hiking the Arizona Trail, and give it 4/5 stars! Mile-for-mile, it’s an amazing trail that is certainly worthy of the ‘National Scenic Trail’ title! I still think the Continental Divide Trail is the best long trail I’ve ever done.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I created a framework and model to help improve our understanding for how to backpack responsibly. This framework considers community and individual risks with spreading COVID. Since I developed the framework, society has gradually shifted toward a different apprehension about COVID. I no longer think my COVID framework applies. I genuinely believe that thru-hiking and backpacking is one of the safest activities to partake in.

This site will be used primarily to post general things about ultralight backpacking and updates associated with the thru-hiking trips I take. As I am a bit of a data geek, I’ll also post gear lists, trail commentary, reviews, and anything else relevant to the kinds of backpacking that I do. Updates will occur periodically.

When I’m not backpacking and hiking, I’m often thinking about climate change and energy policy. I co-produced a podcast called Watts Radio (this is currently on hiatus). I hope to produce some new content in the eventual future!

Curious About Thru-Hiking?

Are you curious about thru-hiking, or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)? Do you want to know more about ultralight backpacking? Are you considering going ultralight yourself? I encourage you to read my afterward to the PCT blog post as a great place to start. This is an email I sent out immediately after completing the PCT in August of 2018. Even after many more miles of hiking and backpacking, and far-too-many hours stuck in a cubicle, I still think it is a fair assessment of the PCT. If you’re thinking about the CDT, I strongly encourage you to read my afterward to the CDT post. Are you looking for a semi-technical route off of the Arizona Trail to make it through the Grand Canyon? Check-out my afterward to the Arizona Trail. Additional route information pertaining to the AZT can be found on my AZT page.

If you have questions, need an adventure buddy, or want to connect, then contact me through the usual means!

Keep on hiking! =)

<3 Peaches ()