Ambassador - Christy Rosander
Basecamp: Tehachapi, California
Mostly I enjoy off-trail routes requiring navigation. Here are a few of my favorite routes and long trails I have hiked:
- Kings Canyon High Basin Route
- Yosemite High Route
- Southern Sierra High Route
- Great Divide Trail
- Theodore Solomons Trail
- John Muir Trail 4x
- Wind River High Route
- Sierra High Route
- Pacific Crest Trail
- Lowest to Highest
- Tahoe Rim Trail
- Scotland The Great Outdoor Challenge
- Continental Divide Trail
What It Means to Me to #takelessdomore: Over time, I have learned the freedom simplicity affords, especially in the outdoors. I have always loved the idea that everything "I need" is on my back. Packing good lightweight gear that fits, works, and is comfortable makes getting outside on a regular basis a pleasure. I plan on being out there hiking for a long time in the future and great lightweight gear is my insurance policy.
How I Got Into Ultralight Hiking: I was asked to go backpacking with a friend 30 years ago when my 10-month-old son had been sick for a period of time. I said, "Yes!" when my husband offered to care for our two children. I walked into the wilderness with borrowed gear that did not fit, and had large blisters within the first few miles and bruises from the external frame pack. But, really, all I remember was the feeling of sheer joy being outside, walking, and having everything I needed on my back. I was changed for life.
Favorite Trail (so far!): Anywhere in the Sierras!
Dream Trip: Finish climbing all of the 14ers in California.
Organizations I Support: Pacific Crest Trail Association.