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?

Posts

Patricia Cameron on How Colorado Blackpackers is Fighting for Economic Equity Outdoors

Patricia Cameron on How Colorado Blackpackers is Fighting for Economic Equity Outdoors

From micro aggressive remarks to blatant racism, BIPOC hikers experience the outdoors differently. Knowing this, Colorado Blackpackers is working to

Jun 25, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Gear Review: Ortovox 120 Cool Tec Fast Upward T-Shirt

Gear Review: Ortovox 120 Cool Tec Fast Upward T-Shirt

Merino wool is all the rage for a reason. I've been hesitant to invest in any merino wool base layers because of their relative price. But after some

Jun 16, 2020 : Katie Kommer
How Outdoor Organizations Have Responded to COVID-19

How Outdoor Organizations Have Responded to COVID-19

Shelter-in-place orders asked thru-hikers, weekend backpackers, and day hikers to leave their beloved spaces. However, as restrictions are being

May 21, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Yes, I’ll Get Out There Again. For Now, I’m Learning to Wait

Yes, I’ll Get Out There Again. For Now, I’m Learning to Wait

I used to dislike the view of mountains I couldn't climb. Driving past unknown peaks and unexplored canyons sometimes made me inexplicably sad. It's

Apr 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

"Every time I paint a picture from the PCT I absolutely feel connected to the trail.  I started painting the PCT to keep part of the feeling of the

Apr 14, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Our Favorite Car Camping Essentials

Our Favorite Car Camping Essentials

This is a Sponsored Post brought to you by REI  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