Welcome to Jubilant Blue!

My name is Samantha Olthof. I am based in Northern Ontario, Canada, and try to spend as much time outside as possible. Here you can find my writing on hiking, gear reviews, and plenty of gratuitous puppy pictures.

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Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. As anyone who has spent significant time on a thru-hiking trail should know, one of the most common conversation topics is about your bowel movements. Poop stories get a lot of attention, but I think peeing outdoors deserves its time in the sun […]

Wear Shoes That Fit (and Break Them In) It seems obvious, I know. But here is something to consider: At home I wear a size 6.5 shoes. My first pair of Altras on the PCT were size 7.0. My second pair were 7.5. Why? Because when you hike 10 to 15 to 20+ miles a […]

I like to joke that I have Hobbit feet (minus the hair, luckily), because I have feet that are very small, but extremely wide. This was only emphasized on my PCT hike because hiker feet expand as a result of the absurd quantity of time that you spend walking. So keep that in mind as […]

To start off feet week, I’m going to repost my Altra Lone Peak review. Your feet are your most important tool for hiking long distances, so it seemed like the best place to start. Taking care of your feet is essential, and one part of that is choosing the right shoe for the job. I […]

This week I am going to be talking about feet! There is lots to consider about taking care of your feet, so I have a whole week of posts including gears reviews and advice. The schedule is below, and I’ll update this page with links to each post as they are completed. Monday       […]

Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. There tends to be a pretty negative reaction when people ask about bringing their dog on a thru-hike. It’s not necessarily that dogs are incapable of thru-hiking, more than many of them are unprepared for the challenge… or their owners are. In my […]

Training a puppy is a lot of work, but think of it as an investment. Put the time and work in the first year of your puppy’s life, and you will reap the rewards manyfold over the rest of their life. Training doesn’t end at one year, but having a solid foundation and a strong relationship will make lifelong learning so much easier.