Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro

Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a Minnesota transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Winona. It was there that I first fell in love with backpacking after attempting a thru hike of Missouri's Ozark Trail. Since then, I've completed the Pacific Crest Trail (17') and have plans to attempt a solo hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in the fall of 2018. When not backpacking, I'm trying my best to overcome my fear of heights by rock climbing, practicing yoga, and searching for the best burrito in the Midwest.. so far with no luck. You can follow my adventures here on The Trek or on Instagram @alexamshapiro. And... seriously... if you know of a good burrito place... hit me up.

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The Final Stretch: SHT Update

The Final Stretch: SHT Update

With my last update, I was five days out from finishing my SOBO thru-hike of the Superior Hiking Trail. Taking an afternoon off in Two Harbors was

Sep 9, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Hitting my Stride on the SHT

Hitting my Stride on the SHT

From Grand Marais, I began my long trek to my next resupply stop in Two Harbors. I initially planned to stop in both Schroeder and Beaver Bay but

Aug 28, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Superior Hiking Trail Reminds Me of Why I Thru-Hike

Superior Hiking Trail Reminds Me of Why I Thru-Hike

“Maybe that could be your new trail name; Pippity Pep Bitty Bep!” I watched as Cooper tried to coax me into a more genuine smile for a photo. He

Aug 21, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Gear Review: Waymark Gear Company THRU 38L Pack

Gear Review: Waymark Gear Company THRU 38L Pack

Waymark Gear Co. Material: Xpac four-layer laminate construction fabric Weight: 21.75 ounces MSRP: $195 to $280 (depending on

Jul 29, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
The Future of the Continental Divide Trail: Part II

The Future of the Continental Divide Trail: Part II

This article is part two of a two part story on the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and their goals for the CDT. If you missed the first article,

Mar 21, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
The Future of the Continental Divide Trail: Part I

The Future of the Continental Divide Trail: Part I

This article is the first half of a two-part story about the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and their efforts to protect and finish building the

Mar 16, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Diva Revolution: The Perks of the Diva Cup

Diva Revolution: The Perks of the Diva Cup

Alright ladies (and gents who want to stay well-informed), it’s time to talk about the Diva Cup. As you gear up for a 2018 long-distance trek,

Jan 24, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Hiking with Cancer: The Story of a Couple Pursuing their Dream

Hiking with Cancer: The Story of a Couple Pursuing their Dream

Lynn Shapiro, a.k.a Three-Guy, scans the trail in front of him looking at the trees lining the path. Nothing goes unnoticed when Lynn is out in

Jan 10, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Gear decisions have always been a major point of stress for me. My nightmare is combing the internet for hours on end comparing price points and

Nov 15, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Reflections on a Trail Well Traveled

Reflections on a Trail Well Traveled

I was silly to think that we would be immune to post trail depression. For months now, we both felt like the end of the trail would come as a bit

Sep 21, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro