On The Trail

A series of geeky interviews with lightweight backpackers around the world. I'll ask them what they take on the trail, and along the way we'll all learn more about what makes this sport great.


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Niki Dresher

Who are you, what do you do?

Hi, I am Niki Dresher, Falling Angel on the trail and Ms. Bacpacking Engineer in cyber world. I work as a graphic designer and run a blog with my husband, Russ Dresher. I make sure things look pretty on the site and on occasion guest blog. When I am not on the trail, I enjoy sewing. Maybe one day I will put my skills to use and sew up some custom gear.

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Russ Dresher

Who are you, what do you do?

Many people know me by Russ Dresher, but I have some aliases. On the trail, I am known as Night Terror. On the internet I am known as Backpacking Engineer for the site that I host, I work as an R&D Engineer specializing in electronic medical device design. My job can be quite stressful so I spend as much time as possible traipsing through the wilderness to unwind. Besides backpacking, I like to figure out how things work (especially gear), and I am an avid fitness buff.

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Philip Werner

Who are you, what do you do?

I'm best known for my blog SectionHiker.com about lightweight backpacking on the Appalachian Trail and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I've also completed Vermont's Long Trail and have backpacked coast-to-coast across Scotland twice in the TGO Challenge. I'm a hiking and backpacking trip leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club and a Guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures. I serve as a Long Trail Mentor for the Green Mountain Club and as a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

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