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Samantha Olthof

Writer: I have two main specialties in content writing:

  1. Outdoor-recreation content including inspiration posts, gear reviews, and trail profiles. You can see more of my work over at The Trek.
  2. Film and television content including reviews, box-office breakdowns, critical analysis, and essay writing. You can see more of my work over at Film School Rejects.

Recent Posts

  • The Great Trail Planning Omnibus

    August 8, 2018 by

    So here is the grand overview of the Great Trail Planning Guide. I’ll be updating this post with links as each piece of the map is published. I’m going to generally work from East to West, hopping up to include the Territories when it seems appropriate.

  • Food Review: Packit Gourmet Homemade Backpacking Meals

    December 15, 2018 by

    Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. Packit Gourmet started as a way to feed Debbie and Jeff Mullins’s family during outdoor adventures. They then turned their backcountry culinary skills into a family-owned and operated business. They sell backpacking meals out of their family home near Austin, TX. Details Price: Meals range… Read more

  • The Laugavegur Trail: 36 Miles Across Southern Iceland

    December 8, 2018 by

    Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. The Laugavegur Trail is a 36-mile trail stretching across southern Iceland, featuring a terrain diversity similar to the PCT: desert, glaciers, mountains, and forests. Imagine you somehow combined Mordor and the Shire, and that mental image will come close to approximating the beauty… Read more

  • Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

    December 1, 2018 by

    Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. My 2017 PCT thru-hike didn’t quite go as planned. Due to some medical issues, I went home from Lone Pine and took about five weeks off-trail. After sorting myself out, I went back and hiked Oregon and had a much better time. During… Read more

  • La Cloche Silhouette Trail: 48 Miles in the Canadian Shield

    November 25, 2018 by

    Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. La Cloche Silhouette Trail is a 48-mile trail found in Killarney Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. The signage in the park suggest taking a minimum of seven to ten days to hike the trail, but anyone with decent backcountry experience can do it… Read more

  • Quebec: The Great Trail Planning Resource

    August 16, 2018 by

    Quebec is a wonderful section of the Great Trail to cycle. Most of the trails are made for it, and the bike infrastructure in cities is well done. The most iconic of these bike routes is the Route Verte which encompasses 5300km of bikes trails. Many of the GT sections in Quebec are part of… Read more

  • Nova Scotia: The Great Trail Planning Resource

    August 14, 2018 by

    Cape Breton As a kid, my family took a road trip from Ontario to the East Coast. Cape Breton is one of the most vivid memories I have of that trip (I don’t really remember the trip back because Harry Potter 6 had been released and I spent most of the return voyage with my… Read more

  • New Brunswick: The Great Trail

    August 13, 2018 by

    New Brunswick contains over 900 km of the Great Trail and connects the PEI, Quebec, and Nova Scotia sections to each other. It is home to some enormous forests and the northern Appalachian Mountains. It is the only province to have both French and English listed as its official languages, and about 1/3 of the… Read more

  • Prince Edward Island: The Great Trail Planning Resource

    August 11, 2018 by

    Prince Edward Island is the simplest section of the Great Trail to plan. It consists of a single trail: The Confederation Trail. The famous Confederation Bridge leads from the mainland to P.E.I. If you’re hiking or cycling, you’ll need to take the ferry.  This 449.46 km trail (ideal for walking or cycling) will take you… Read more

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