Megan McGowan

My trail name is Sourstraws, but most people who know me on trail just call me Straws. My husband Piñata and I hiked the Triple Crown together between 2016-2018. Although we are back in the real world for now, we're hiker trash at heart and are always looking forward to the next adventure. We'll be on the Tahoe Rim Trail September 2019. Read more at https://hikinghammonds.com

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Gear Review: Sea to Summit Ember II 30 Down Quilt

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Ember II 30 Down Quilt

Backpacking quilts have gained  in popularity in recent years, largely driven by weight-conscious backpackers looking to trim weight from their sleep

Aug 20, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Overview of the Major Alternates along the CDT

Overview of the Major Alternates along the CDT

Are you a purist? Get ready for a different kind of adventure when you embark upon the Continental Divide Trail. This is not the PCT, and it’s

Aug 7, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Your Guide to Resupplying on the Continental Divide Trail

Your Guide to Resupplying on the Continental Divide Trail

Planning your resupply on the Continental Divide Trail can be intimidating. While there are hundreds of possible alternate routes for your CDT

Jun 3, 2019 : Megan McGowan
How to Get to the CDT Southern Terminus

How to Get to the CDT Southern Terminus

Starting the CDT can be a little more complicated than the PCT or the AT, starting with the fact that there are actually three potential starting

Mar 27, 2019 : Megan McGowan
How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

One of life's biggest stressors—both on and off the trail—is money. Don't bring that stress with you during a thru-hike, or at least try to minimize

Mar 4, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review: Montbell Superior Down Trail Skirt

Gear Review: Montbell Superior Down Trail Skirt

Montbell Superior Down Trail Skirt I love hiking in skirts, but before now it’s always been a warm weather endeavor for me.  With its serious

Dec 18, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Gear Review:  Montbell Thermawrap Trail Skirt

Gear Review: Montbell Thermawrap Trail Skirt

Montbell Thermawrap Trail Skirt Montbell’s motto is “Function Is Beauty,” and I love their products for being simple and lightweight yet functional

Dec 10, 2018 : Megan McGowan
How to Be a Better Trail Angel

How to Be a Better Trail Angel

So you’re interested in being a trail angel?  Good for you! Maybe you’ve hiked a long trail and want to give back to the hiking community.  Maybe

Oct 23, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

I first learned of thru-hiking seven or eight years ago. I'd heard of the Pacific Crest Trail before, but I figured it was something just one or two

Sep 15, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Dodging Fires Through Montana

Dodging Fires Through Montana

  They say this trail is cold, and they were right. We haven't really had a hot day since New Mexico, but that all changed in Darby, MT. It

Sep 7, 2018 : Megan McGowan