Anna “North Star” Sofranko
Anna loves living in the wilderness. Her partner Chris “Shutterbug” Alexander and her have hiked the 2660-mile Pacific Crest Trail, over 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and numerous lesser-known trails in California. They enjoy sharing the simplicity of a backpacking lifestyle through their award-winning blog and the beauty of the wilderness through their Pacific Crest Trail photography book. The two recently moved to Colorado and will be exploring its backcountry every chance they get. Over the course of many backpacking trips, North Star has learned that carrying less gear means less physical strain, more energy to focus on the beautiful subtleties of nature, and ultimately more fun. Ultralight backpacking also meshes with one of her overarching goals: to minimize her carbon footprint and resources used. She carries less on the trail and is less burdened by possessions in everyday life.
Home: Fort Collins, CO
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Writer, Photographer, and Alumni at National Outdoor Leadership School | Member at Pacific Crest Trail Association | Member at Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Current Plans: Exploring our new home state of Colorado is at the top of my hiking list. Chris and I will continue giving gear and book talks. As always we will share adventures and advice on our blog.
Favorite Training Grounds: I choose not to own a car. This helps me stay in shape by walking around town. When I head into the backcountry, I almost always go somewhere new.