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Working with brands in the outdoor industry has been an integral part of what enables me to continue long-distance backpacking year after year. With discounted or free gear, my costs stay low, and the money I save allows me to travel more frequently and for longer too. But over time, I have learned that not all free and discounted gear is a good thing. While the cost of my gear is very important to my success, the effectiveness and quality of that gear are equally if not more important. So I am happy to work with a few sponsors that not only provide me with the gear I use every day, but also support all types of safe and sustainable adventure, thru-hiking being just one of them. And in return, I am usually asked to support and promote their brand, which comes naturally when I rely on their gear to keep me moving every day. Here are a few brands that I support and support me too.



Roam the Earth. Eat Chocolate.
Fresh air breathes fresh ideas. In 2009, Pete Truby was on an extended backpacking trip when the idea for an energy-rich salted chocolate bar came to him. After visiting small organic cacao farms in the Dominican Republic and perfecting the recipe, he launched Salazon Chocolate Co., the first salted chocolate brand. Today, every bar is still hand-sprinkled with natural, solar-evaporated sea salt.
Salazon Chocolate is proud to support the National Scenic Trails with its Trail Series. At least 2% of gross sales of these bars goes to support the Triple Crown of National Scenic Trails.

Check out their flavors here!

Check out my hiker bio page on their website!

One Response to Sponsors

  1. Terri

    Glad to hear you had a good season.,liked reading about your adventures and especially what you had to say about Tory. I’m his mom and we miss him a lot. Hopefully we’ll get to meet you the next time we come to Moab.

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