Megan McGowan

My name is Megan, but I'm known on trail as Sourstraws. My husband and I completed a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and a flip-flop thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. Future plans include section hiking the Arizona Trail and thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail. I'm also into making my own gear!

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Piñata And Sourstraws’ PCT Before-and-After Gear

Piñata And Sourstraws’ PCT Before-and-After Gear

Before we took off on the PCT this year, we felt that our gear was pretty dialed.  We learned a lot about ourselves and our preferences while on the

Nov 29, 2017 : Megan McGowan
How to Plan a Budget for Your Thru-Hike

How to Plan a Budget for Your Thru-Hike

One of the most common questions I see from those planning a thru-hike is “how much does it cost?” Unfortunately, costs vary widely from person to

Oct 17, 2017 : Megan McGowan
5 Tips for Thru-Hiking with a Partner

5 Tips for Thru-Hiking with a Partner

You might think from reading most of the information available on the internet that there are no couples thru-hiking, and that hiking with a partner

Aug 21, 2017 : Megan McGowan
The Journey Toward Ultralight

The Journey Toward Ultralight

It’s not just about gear I used to think ultralight backpackers I met or heard of were totally crazy.  These individuals were a special breed of

Jul 10, 2017 : Megan McGowan