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Anjelica Avella

Backpacking


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?

My favorites for dinner were a close tie between Lasagna with Meat Sauce topped with Parmesan cheese. The other was Mac and Cheese please! Pretty sure the Buffalo Mac and Cheese is gonna swoop for first place. Best breakfast is Granola with Milk & Blueberries.

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

My favorite place to backpack is in the Sierra Nevada where it feels like home. Best camping spots are anywhere in nature with my hiking fam and trail sisters. I have so much love for SoCal hiking!

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. My Dodger hat to block those rays. My pink Nalgene that's covered in outdoor stickers for my electrolytes. If it's backpacking - my Nemo Hornet tent is a gem, Sawyer water filter, my 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?

Thru-hike the JMT this summer and would love to explore 1-2 new national parks.


Anjelica on Cucamonga Peak Anjelica at Sequoia National Park Anjelica at Kilimanjaro National Park Closeup of Anjelica