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  • Anjelica Avella

    I'm a plus size outdoor explorer taking up space and saving it for a more diverse and inclusive outdoors. Backpacking has changed, saved, and made my life better than it ever was. This is the way I see the world, one step at a time. The hiking community has been a huge source of support for me. I aspire to inspire others to chase after every outdoor dream they may have. Your pace doesn't matter, forward is forward.

    What's your favorite Mountain House meal?

    So many to pick from, but if I had to, my top three are Lasagna, Buffalo Mac & Cheese, and Veggie Chorizo. I often give the chorizo a burrito treatment, adding cheese, sliced avocado and salsa, finishing it on a skillet to crisp it up. For lasagna, I try to always carry Parmesan cheese packets to up the "cheeziness" while backpacking.

    What's your favorite plac to hunt/hike/fish/camp/be?

    I have so much love for SoCal hiking! And nothing beats the Sierra Nevada camping nights with my trail family.

    Top three pieces of gear that you never leave home without?

    My trekking poles! Even for the shortest hikes, I've got them with me. If it's backpacking, my Nemo Hornet tent is a gem, Kula Cloth, and my BearVault bear can to keep my favorite animals safe.

    What's one bucket list item you plan on checking off this year?

    Taking a group of women to hike to the rooftop of Africa and thru-hike the Vermont Long Trail.