Ambassador - Emily "Squishy" Schrick
Basecamp: San Francisco, California
Trail Name: Squishy
- PCT NOBO thru-hike
- John Muir Trail SOBO thru-hike
- Wonderland Trail
- High Sierra Trail
What It Means to Me to #takelessdomore: For me, it means that I don't have to worry about "extra" items I've brought along—I just get to enjoy nature and where I'm hiking. Taking less also means my pack generally weighs less, so strenuous hikes become more enjoyable.
How I Got Into Ultralight Hiking: I initially started hiking in college as a way to escape the city and campus. It was mentally soothing, physically rewarding, and also re-sparked my love for photography. Backpacking was the natural next step from day hiking, and I became obsessed with the idea of thru-hiking and living out of a backpack shortly after.
Favorite Gossamer Gear Product: My Gorilla is my favorite pack! It fits so well, is so cushioned, and can even fit a bear canister. It is my go-to utility pack.
Favorite Trail (so far!): I haven't been everywhere yet (it's probably on my list), but it's truly hard to beat the Pacific Crest Trail, especially the High Sierra and Northern Washington portions.
Dream Trip: I am hoping to complete the Triple Crown by 2023 and start tackling off-trail high routes, and hopefully some international hiking!
Organizations I Support: I believe the outdoors should be a safe space and empowering for everyone! That's why I really support SheJumps and Outdoor Journal Tour as organizations that are passionate about getting girls and women of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations outside, and using the outdoors for personal growth and healing.