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Erin “Wired” Saver

Hometown:  Portland, OR


Erin “Wired” Saver is a triple crowner (PCT 2011, CDT 2013, AT 2014) that is most known for her highly followed blog, Walking With Wired. Her goal is to virtually bring blog followers along on her hikes while also providing backpacking hopefuls with the resources and encouragement to attempt long distance hikes themselves. During the offseason, Erin gives many presentations on long distance hiking to full capacity crowds. In a relatively short amount of time, Erin has racked up many trails (also the John Muir Trail, West Coast Trail, Long Trail, Sierra High Route, Wind River High Route, Hayduke, Great Divide Trail in Canada, Bibbulmun and Larapinta Trail in Australia, and the Te Araroa in New Zealand.) and miles having hiked well over 14,000mi since discovering long distance backpacking in 2011. Erin plans to continue to bring her followers along on her annual long distance hiking adventures for many years to come, seeking trails that both challenge and inspire.

Favorite Sawyer Product and Why:

The Stay Put 50SPF Sunscreen. I spend all of spring and summer outside hiking in strong sunlight. With my fair complexion, I need something that I can trust and works for long periods of time. I love the small tubes. Just a small bit of it goes a long way and lasts for a long time. The Stay Put Sunscreen has been a literal life saver for me as an avid hiker.

Favorite Outdoor Location:

It changes all the time, but I can say that Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies had a grandness to it that I definitely want to return to.

One Piece of Advice or Something You've Learned Spending So Much Time Outdoors:

A lot of backpacking can seem intimidating at first. I’ve found that if I can at least walk up to something and see it for myself, it’s never as daunting as I’ve built it up to be in my head. That same lesson has carried over for me in daily life challenges and fears. I now seek challenges in other aspects of life and see them as an opportunity for growth. We’re all on thru hikes in one way or another and it’s the challenges along the way that make the rewards that much sweeter!

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