About

Hi, I’m Staci “Artemis” Anderson.  I’m a former punk turned hikertrash.

I like to hike, travel, take pictures, tell dad jokes, and cook and eat good food.  Over the last 3 years, I’ve hiked 6500+ miles on long distance trails.

In the fall of 2018, I completed my second thru-hike of the PCT, in which I raised $3000 for suicide prevention and mental health programs for AFSP National. You can read about my campaign and contribute here.

I also did a blog post on why I’m hiking for this particular cause, check it out!

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In 2013, I hiked the Wonderland Trail in my home state of Washington. A few months later I hiked a 100 mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail, and in 2014 I hiked all 400 miles of it. In 2016 I thru-hiked the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.

A few weeks after I finished the PCT, I packed my bags and moved abroad, living in Denmark and then eventually England. I spent 9 months traveling, trekking across the Spanish island of Tenerife, cycling and camping in Denmark in the dead of winter, hiking from the urban center of Glasgow, Scotland for 350 miles up the West Highland Way and Cape Wrath Trail, and thru-hiking the 630 mile South West Coast Path in England.

In July of 2018, I embarked on my second thru-hike of the PCT, this time heading southbound from Canada to Mexico.  I completed my journey in just under four months, finishing on November 1st.

Read my Gear List for Hiking the PCT (SOBO).

I currently reside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, in a remote wilderness area in the foothills of the North Cascades.

More About Me:

  • I grew up in rural Washington state, in a small hick town in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and about an hour outside of Seattle. My home life while growing up was tumultuous, to say the least.  I spent a fair amount of time either running away from home or in the foster care system. When I discovered what my local trails had to offer, I finally found some solace and learned to cope with my severe depression and anxiety.
  • Artemis is a trail name, and I’d be happy if you called me by it.
  • I am in a loving and stable relationship.
  • Nerd out to: history, art, cinema/film, books, music and Star Wars.
  • I have a cat called Chinook and a little Aussie heeler dog named Nebula.
  • My favorite foods are tacos, nachos, Pho, craft beer, matcha tea, coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, basically all cheese, guacamole, onion rings, Thai food and greasy burgers.
  • Raspberries might be the only food I actually don’t like, but I don’t exactly hate them either.
  • I love making lists, probably because it’s cheaper than therapy.
  • My favorite animals are otters (besides my dog and cat of course).
  • Halloween is my favorite holiday, probably because you’re not required to hang out with your family on that day.
  • Fan of the Oxford comma.  Deal with it.

Through this blog, I hope to inspire and educate those who are interested in wilderness travel. I do not consider myself an expert, as the wilderness still has a great deal to teach me. I want to share my experiences with anyone who is willing; who thinks there is value in our surrounding forests, mountains and canyons. I hope to inspire you to get outside, go camping and hiking, clean up our trails and see how nature can positively affect your mental well being.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that Goddamn mountain.”

-Jack Kerouac

Thanks for dropping by and having a read, it’s greatly appreciated.  Feedback is welcome, trolls are not.  Comments are reviewed before they are approved.

Contact and Support

I have no sponsors, and all the gear I review is purchased by me. I only write honest, unbiased reviews of the items that I use on my journeys.  If you are interested in sponsoring me, or having me represent your brand as an ambassador, please use the contact form below. I will happily use and review any gear gifted to me. Reviews will be featured on this website and on my social media accounts.

For questions, concerns, inquiries and permissions, please fill out the form below to contact me via email. I usually get back to you within 48 hours, unless I’m on the trail then it may take up to a week. Cheers

 

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Crossing Panhandle Gap, Wonderland Trail
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The Wonderland Trail
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Bryce Canyon, Utah
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Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail
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The Oregon Coast Trail
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Spelunking in Belize
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Hiking in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State
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At home in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
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Crossing from California into Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail (2016)
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At the start of the South West Coast Path in Minehead, England.
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On the Jurassic Coast in England.
Trekking in the Scottish Highlands
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