Even the most experienced hikers forget the basics. Use this hiking checklist to make sure you have all the right tools for the trail.
Michelle Valenti is a senior editor for Active.com and ReserveAmerica.com. She fell in love with the outdoors at a young age. From jumping in leaves in the backyard to family skiing and camping trips, she’s always loved being outside. As a teenager, when most of her classmates went to the mall, she went on a Boundary Waters canoe trip with 15 friends. When she moved to Boulder, Colorado, at 18, she discovered a whole new outdoor arena. There she took up mountain biking, rock climbing and adventure racing.
Never satisfied with just one sport, she also snowboards, has tried desperately to surf (with mediocre results) and even took sailing lessons. When she’s not at her desk you can find her riding trails or setting up camp in fun locations around the U.S. and abroad. Recent highlights include kayaking in Alaska and biking in Slovenia.
Michelle has been at Active.com as an editor since 2007 working on a variety of content from endurance to active lifestyle to outdoor adventure. Prior to Active, she worked as a writer and editor for various publications, including Outside magazine's Buyer's Guide.