• Gear Reviews

    2019 Holiday Gift Guide

    Full disclosure: this post includes products that I received for free in partnership with different brands. That being said, all thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s that time of year again: blatant consumerism in the name of the holidays! Yikes. Too soon? I’ll rein it in a little – to be honest, I have nothing against the holiday season. I love the twinkly decorations, heavenly smells, and the overall sense of compassion that overwhelms people during November and December. It’s especially hard to not enjoy this time of year when you sprinkle in some time spent with loved ones and a lot of really delicious food (Nochebuena is my…

  • Climbing,  Gear Reviews

    Forest Tourist’s Guide to Climbing Pants

    I’m just going to come out and say it: not all women’s climbing pants are created equally. When I first started rock climbing I had no idea just how much of an investment the hobby would end up being; first it was the harness and the shoes, then it became a rope and various packs, and before I knew it I was happily dropping $90 on climbing specific jeans. I am by no means trying to say that you need special pants in order to rock climb, and I am fully aware that not everyone is able to buy sport-specific gear. That being said, I’ve tried on a lot of…

  • Gear Review: Osprey Backpacks // Forest Tourist
    Gear Reviews

    Osprey Hikelite and Daylite Plus Backpacks

    I love backpacks. I especially love Osprey backpacks. I bought my first Osprey bag when I moved to Tallahassee and hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail with my friend Chelsea. The towering 65 liter beast was exponentially more comfortable than any of the backpacking packs I had rented from Campus Rec, and after that one week long trip I became a life long Osprey fan. Fast forward a year and a half and I am now the proud owner of four Osprey packs (I think I have a problem). I’ve tested these bags on the trail and in the classroom and I’ve learned a lot about the pros and…

  • Small Business Saturday // Forest Tourist
    Gear Reviews

    Small Business Saturday

    Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is looming over the horizon. It’s easy to focus on the deals that large corporations tempt us with today, on Black Friday, but I’m here to convince you to hold onto your precious dollar and spend it where it really counts: supporting small businesses. Small Business Saturday is a movement that encourages people to shop local on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Spending money locally is a great way to support artists and creators while keeping money within your community. Here are some local small business that I love, and that I think you’ll love too!

  • Gear Reviews

    Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorists

    It’s that time of year again! The most wonderful time of year! Oh yeah, I’m talking about Christmas time. For me there is nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face when they open the perfect present. I absolutely love shopping for my friends and family but it isn’t always easy to know what to buy. If you’re unsure what to get the nature-lover on your list then I’m here to help you out! Here’s my holiday gift guide for 2017 with ideas for the outdoorsy people in your life. Enjoy! Everyone loves stocking stuffers. There’s just something about those practical, portable, I-was-thinking-of-buying-that-for-myself presents that really spread holiday cheer.…