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Hikerfest

Friday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.

Join our hiking and backpacking youth and adult leaders for a night of fun and friendship! Hear about amazing trips girls took this year and exciting treks planned for 2019. Experienced, brand-new, and future hikers are all welcome, as are friends. Email backpacking@sdgirlscouts.org or call 619-298-8391 for more information, and check out videos from past Hikerfests.

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Hikerfest Guest Speaker

Liz Thomas ’07 is a professional hiker, adventure conservationist, and outdoor writer who broke the women’s self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail. Her book, Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike, received the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional book. Liz holds a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she held a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on trails, conservation, and trail-side communities.

Liz has been seen on Good Morning America and in the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! News, Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, and Outside. She was guest editor and is a regular contributor to Backpacker magazine and instructs their online class, “Thru-hiking 101.” She serves as the Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association and ambassador for the American Hiking Society. A former outdoor staff writer at Wirecutter/New York Times, Liz is a currently editor in chief at Treeline Review, an outdoor web magazine, and is writing a guidebook to Southern California waterfall hikes.


Hikerfest 2017
Cottonwood Lakes by Celeste J
Crown Lakes by Marilyn S
Duck Pass by Isabella C
Mt. Whitney by Alison P
Hilton Lakes by Kayla M
John Muir Trail by Page H and Kevin H
Sequoia Kings Canyon by Kailee
San Jacinto by Haylie B
Uganda by J. Brown

Hikerfest 2016
Backpacking in Morocco video by Rebecca E.
Skyline to Sea photo slideshow
by Alex S.
World Backpacking photo slides by alumna Katie G.
Minarets Trip video by Allison P.