Welcome!

Today, the Caffeinated Hiker is born. I’ve been a hiker for as long as I can remember, and caffeinated since I entered university, but today it’s Official.

I created this blog as a hiking journal of sorts. Here, I will chronicle my journey into the world of ultralite backpacking. I’ll be writing about training hikes, backpacking gear, backpacking FOOD, and of course, journaling during my trips down the trail.

Ultralite backpacking is something new to me, but it combines two things I am already deeply in love with – hiking and camping. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? (Besides wildlife attacks, getting lost, getting caught in inclement weather, not having enough food/water, and being scared of the dark. Not to mention hiking extremely long distances with a heavy pack…)

Okay, so there are a lot of things that could go wrong. Trust me, I’m a planner. I’ve done my research, and I know that on most trips, there will be at least a few moments that just suck. I’ve also already been acquainted with some of these moments in my previous experiences with hiking, camping, and backcountry canoe tripping. To me, the rewards make it all worth it. Rewards such as moments like these:

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