JJ “JERMM” Mathes completed her first backpacking trip in 2008, with a 28-pound pack she knew there had to be a lighter and more comfortable way to backpack and set out to find ways to lighten her load. Since then she has refined her equipment and skills; making her backpacking experiences easier to hike more miles with less effort, less fatigue and more enjoyment.
JJ leads hikes, gives talks and conducts classes sharing her trail experience, techniques and skills with other aspiring backpackers seeking ways to lessen their pack weight so that they too can enjoy lightweight and ultra-light backpacking.
Home: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Training Grounds: Three-season hiking and backpacking the trails Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Current Plans: To continue section hiking the Appalachian Trail north to Maine, then on to the Long Trail and PCT.