Katie Kommer

Hi! My name is Katie (Gallon Smash) Kommer. I recently completed the John Muir Trail, and am already hungering to find my way back to my truest, stinkiest self. On the trail, I'm known as gallon smash for my exceptional ability to fall headfirst into a bush or a river, and in the "real world" I'm known as the recent grad who's trying her best, okay?

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Our Favorite Car Camping Essentials

Our Favorite Car Camping Essentials

This is a Sponsored Post brought to you by REIĀ  Car camping brings a specific kind of happiness and comfort. Prepped meals, endless games, and

Mar 20, 2020 : Katie Kommer
13 Thru-Hiking Films to Keep You Sane While Quarantining During the Coronavirus Outbreak

13 Thru-Hiking Films to Keep You Sane While Quarantining During the Coronavirus Outbreak

You're doing the socially responsible thing, but you're going crazy. Hopping between the couch and bed might be nice for an afternoon or one lazy

Mar 16, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival 2020 Dates Rescheduled for September 12 and 13

Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival 2020 Dates Rescheduled for September 12 and 13

Round Hill's Appalachian Trail Festival is being pushed back to September 12th and 13th in order to comply with CDC social distancing guidelines.

Mar 2, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Meet the Trail Correspondents: Season 3

Meet the Trail Correspondents: Season 3

Thru-hiking season is officially upon us. And for listeners of The Trek's podcasts, you know what that means. We're continuing onto season 3 of Trail

Feb 26, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Introducing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship Winners

Introducing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship Winners

This year, The Trek is revamping the Badger Sponsorship to support eight 2020 thru-hikers with altruistic intentions. We searched for aspiring PCT,

Feb 5, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Looking to crush your first thru-hike? Preparing can be a daunting task, and definitely requires more than a handful of one or two day summit hikes!

Jan 7, 2020 : Katie Kommer
10 Thru-Hiking Tips to Reduce Environmental Impact

10 Thru-Hiking Tips to Reduce Environmental Impact

As thru-hikers, we're already traveling off the beaten path. In an era of single-use plastics, disposable toiletries, and landfills the size of small

Nov 24, 2019 : Katie Kommer
International Inspiration: 5 Thru-Hikes on the Global Bucket List

International Inspiration: 5 Thru-Hikes on the Global Bucket List

Combining a passion for thru-hiking with the intrigue of international travel is not as elusive as it seems. Whether it's a guiding trip along the Rim of Africa, or a self-planned trek across eight European nations, the trail awaits.

Nov 4, 2019 : Katie Kommer
What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

First time thru-hikers are bound to make countless errors. Thankfully my 40 pound pack didn't keep me from finishing the John Muir Trail, but there are more than a few things I would have changed.

Oct 21, 2019 : Katie Kommer