About Hiking Daily

Welcome. Hiking Daily is a resource for everyone who enjoys hiking, backpacking, trekking, or camping in the wilderness.

Many hikers are super prepared. To the extreme. It is inspiring. At the same time, many less experienced hikers totally wing it. While that can be fun and spontaneous, it can also be very costly or even dangerous.

Hiking Daily offers novice, intermediate and advanced hikers an in-depth guide about hiking skills, hiking travel, and hiking gear.

For all hiking gear product reviews we spend countless hours doing research and testing.

Our gear recommendations are either the best products available or what we use in the backcountry.

All content on Hiking Daily is produced by experienced outdoors enthusiasts who participate in hiking and many different outdoor activities.

Contributor Bios:

Matt Varty (Founder)

Matt has spent a significant chunk of his life in the outdoors. Countless hiking adventures. 15+ canoe trips spread over 210+ days in the wilderness. And a variety of other camping expeditions in Canada.

An experienced outdoorsman who spent 4 seasons planting (500,000+) trees (reforestation of clearcuts) in remote areas of British Columbia, Canada. These operations are deep in the forests and up high in the mountains. Sometimes you drive until the road ends and work there for weeks. Other days you are flown to clearcuts by helicopter and dropped off on the steep slope of a mountain. A tough job and an unforgettable experience.

For most of 2013, Matt backpacked around Europe and spent time in 15 countries.

Matt lives in Colorado where exploring the outdoors is a way of life.

Ellie Stanton (Writer)

Ellie is a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder and double majoring in International Affairs and Environmental Studies. She’s an avid outdoors-woman and loves hiking, traveling, climbing, and backpacking.

Her love for the outdoors began in Buena Vista, Colorado, where she spent her summers hiking and backpacking in the Sawatch Range with her dad and grandparents. Over time, she realized the open spaces she loves are greatly threatened by climate change and exploitation. In an effort to preserve these areas, she hopes to promote sustainable outdoor companies and practices like Leave No Trace. After Ellie graduates, she hopes to earn a degree in environmental law and complete the Pacific Crest Trail!

Jack Barker (Writer)

Jack is a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in atmospheric sciences and Arctic studies.

While not studying or writing, Jack enjoys hiking, climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. He loves to share his love for the outdoors with others.

In 2017, Jack spent 6 months hiking and climbing in South America, and can’t wait to go back.

After Jack graduates, he looks forward to being a positive impact in combating climate change by working with those in the outdoor industry and the policy world.

Anna Kristina (Writer)

Anna Kristina is an English and History double major at UC Davis.

She spends as much time as possible outside (preferably barefoot), and is absolutely in love with hiking and climbing.

She’s spent extensive amounts of time in the Sierra Nevada, Wind River, Sawtooth, and Norwegian mountains, as well as having worked as a climbing guide in Spain and a raft guide in Utah.

She earned her Wilderness EMT in 2018, and hopes to work outside (and write) for the rest of her life.

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