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Kristin McLane

Wilderness Guide, Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED, Leave No Trace Master Educator, Rock Climbing Assistant, Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker

Native to the Philadelphia region, Kristin has been day hiking and camping her whole life, but really got into backpacking in college.  Once the restriction of being near roads was lifted, a fantastic new world of wilderness and adventure opened up.  She began to think a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail could be possible and made that dream come true in 2013.  It was a seven month long journey that led her everywhere from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Dollywood, to becoming skilled at hitchhiking quickly into towns for food, to the Roan Highlands in Tennessee, to white water rafting for the first time, to being surrounded by a cloud of gnats Pigpen-style for a solid month, to hiking in a cast shoe in Vermont, and finally, to summiting Mount Katahdin in Maine on the last day the park was open.  And it was a blast!  While learning how horrendously smelly a human being can get, she also learned that nothing beats being in the woods.

Since her thru hike, Kristin has spent time hiking in Arizona, while also becoming a Leave No Trace Master Educator through NOLS in Grand Canyon, in Utah, while also attending the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market as a reader reporter for Backpacker Magazine; in New Hampshire, while also learning how to mountaineer in 85mph winds on Mount Washington; and locally in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, enjoying winter with snowshoeing and learning to ice climb.

Kristin also enjoys rock climbing and yoga, and can be found obsessing over the latest gear and planning more thru hikes.  Next up are the Colorado Trail, the Long Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail.  She is committed to getting as many people outdoors as possible.  Not only is it fun, exciting, stress-relieving, and a whole bunch of other good things, but the more people are exposed to something, the more they are invested in it and want to protect it.

Fun fact: Kristin’s trail name is Siren.