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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It turns out that Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the easiest province to plan hiking the GT – there are only three sections (plus the ferry you use to arrive from the mainland). While none of the trail extends into Labrador, Newfoundland is spanned by a beautiful trail called the T’Railway Trail, which was […]

Nunavut contains less than 200 km of the Great Trail. The majority of that is the Itijjagiaq (Inuktitut for “over the land”) Trail which begins on the southern shore of Frobisher Bay. Rugged and unmarked, this trail is not for the inexperienced hiker. It is rough, rocky, and includes frigid stream crossings. You can do […]

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.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the Great Trail lately, writing a piece for theTrek.co (will be up in a few weeks!). However, I have not found a lot of great resources for planning a hike. Where is the list of all the sections? What towns to they pass through? The Trans-Canada Trail […]

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 […]