Eloise Robbins

I'm a triple crowner (PCT 2016, CDT 2017, AT 2018) with over two decades of backpacking experience. On trail, I go by Fun Size. In 2019, I hiked Vermont's Long Trail with Chester the nine pound dog, and I'm planning on thru-hiking the Great Divide Trail in 2021. You can read more of my writing at www.funsizehikes.com

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The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

Choosing when to start a trail can make or break your thru-hike. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you on the best time to start your hike.

May 19, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
Six Triple Crown Spots to Visit If You Can’t Thru-hike This Year

Six Triple Crown Spots to Visit If You Can’t Thru-hike This Year

This article will either help you choose a section to hike, or will spark some daydreams about your future thru-hike.

Mar 31, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
12 Time-Saving Tips So You Can Hike More Miles

12 Time-Saving Tips So You Can Hike More Miles

There comes a time in every thru-hike where you have to hike a high mileage day. These tips will help you find more time in your day to hike.

Feb 3, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Thru-Hiker Who Already Has Everything

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Thru-Hiker Who Already Has Everything

This article has plenty of gift suggestions that don’t weigh an ounce, can be bought last minute, and will be appreciated by any hiker.

Dec 15, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Gear Suggestions for an Appalachian Trail Winter Thru-Hike

Gear Suggestions for an Appalachian Trail Winter Thru-Hike

If you have your sights set on a thru-hike, section hike, or even just an overnight on the AT this winter, this article will help you figure out what to bring. 

Nov 18, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

At almost 8,000 miles, the Triple Crown trails of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail are some of the best hiking in the world. No matter which trail you choose to hike, it will change your life.

Nov 4, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Is a Winter AT Thru-Hike Right for You?

Is a Winter AT Thru-Hike Right for You?

Are you planning an AT thru-hike for next year and wondering if you should start early? I started my successful thru-hike on February 3rd, 2018. A

Oct 27, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
5 Tips to Help You Choose a Perfect Campsite Every Time

5 Tips to Help You Choose a Perfect Campsite Every Time

These tips will help you choose the perfect camp spot, no matter what type of shelter you use or what the weather is doing.

Oct 23, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
How to Reduce Base Weight Without Replacing Your Big Three

How to Reduce Base Weight Without Replacing Your Big Three

If you're not ready to replace your tent, sleeping bag and backpack don’t worry! There’s still plenty you can do to reduce your base weight. 

Sep 24, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Triple Crown

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Triple Crown

I hiked the Triple Crown in two years and two months, starting with the PCT, CDT and then the AT. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I started. 

Aug 27, 2020 : Eloise Robbins