J. Taylor Bell

j. taylor bell (he/him) is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is probably sitting in traffic right now. He is a volunteer wildland firefighter and an extremely enthusiastic birdwatcher. He also has a collection of poetry titled HELLO CRUEL WORLD (Wendy’s Subway, 2021) and will be starting PhD research at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia whenever it’s safe. Peep some extremely occasional twitter banter, or wave hello @jtaylorbell1 @disco_steww

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I’ve Been a Thru-Hiker Since 2013: Here’s How Gear Has Changed

I’ve Been a Thru-Hiker Since 2013: Here’s How Gear Has Changed

When I graduated from college in 2013, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. But I did know that I wanted to hike as much of the Appalachian

Dec 31, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 27

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 27

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb,

Dec 28, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Platypus QuickDraw vs Katadyn BeFree vs Sawyer Squeeze: Which Water Filter Should You Carry For Your Next Thru-Hike?

Platypus QuickDraw vs Katadyn BeFree vs Sawyer Squeeze: Which Water Filter Should You Carry For Your Next Thru-Hike?

The perfect water filter doesn't exist. That's not a meme, it's just how I feel. And to be fair, a lot of the time I can't tell if my feelings are

Dec 22, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 13

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 13

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb,

Dec 16, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
The Guadalupe Ridge Trail: 102 Miles of High Desert Hiking in West Texas

The Guadalupe Ridge Trail: 102 Miles of High Desert Hiking in West Texas

Agave. Prickly Pear. Catclaw. Lechuguilla. Acacia. All abound on the Guadalupe Ridge Trail, one of America's most challenging yet rewarding desert

Dec 14, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of December 6

Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of December 6

Well, it's been another bizarre and wonderful year for hiking the PCT. Especially for our first batch of SOBOs! And so, to that end, we wanted to

Dec 8, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of November 29

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of November 29

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb,

Nov 30, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of November 22

Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of November 22

Well, it's been another bizarre and wonderful year for hiking the PCT. And to that end, we wanted to extend a big congrats to everyone who managed to

Nov 24, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
What’s in a Name? A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure History of Mt. Whitney

What’s in a Name? A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure History of Mt. Whitney

It's a beautiful mountain. A spiritual place. A miracle of nature. The summit of Mt. Whitney is a confluence of so many different experiences. It's

Nov 18, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of November 15

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of November 15

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb,

Nov 16, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell