Author Archives: Ashli Baldwin

About Ashli Baldwin

Ashli is part of the Gaia GPS communications team. In 2014 she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Annual ALDHA Gathering 2015

This weekend, Ashli and Ruthie ventured out to the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association’s (ALDHA) 34th annual event “The Gathering” in Shippensburg, PA. Each year, the event hosts interesting workshops, forums, keynote speakers, and ends with an ALDHA sponsored work trip on the AT.   Preserving the Trail after “A Walk in the Woods” This… Read More »

New Appalachian Trail Unsupported Record

Yesterday, Heather “Anish” Anderson completed her southbound hike of the Appalachian Trail, and set the unsupported speed record. The trail spans 2,189 miles, which Anderson covered in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes, averaging 42 miles per day. Anderson is currently the PCT unsupported record holder as well, and is the first person to ever hold both… Read More »

Welcome Aileen Gardner – Adventure Support

We’re delighted to welcome Aileen Gardner to the Gaia GPS team. She’s been training with us the last two weeks as the newest member of our Adventure Support team, and she’s already jumped in with thoughtful editing and other contributions to writing and marketing.​ Aileen adds another smart and outdoor-focused person to the Gaia GPS… Read More »

Gaia GPS User Poll Results

We conducted a poll to find out how people use Gaia GPS in last week’s newsletter.​ We have never done this before, so we found the results both interesting and eye-opening. We expected people to be more heavily hiking/backpacking oriented, but instead we found a very diverse crop of hikers, off-roaders, hunters, firefighters, search and… Read More »

Modern Gear with Modern Prices

A new crop of companies has popped up to beat back the trend of high-priced hiking gear. ​ According to Outside Magazine, people born in the 80s and 90s (millennials) don’t want the same characteristics in their hiking gear. Traditional outdoor gear has focused on the high-end and high-tech, giving even weekend warriors the same gear… Read More »