Retha Charette


Retha Charette is a backpacking coach, adventure traveler, and full-time blogger with over 10 years of international hiking experience. Her love of nature started at age five when she joined the Girl Scots and has blossomed into a full-blown obsession. She has logged over 3,500 miles on the trails around the world and across six continents. Retha believes in making space for everyone in the outdoors and recently took the Outdoorist Oath, an action-based commitment to planet, inclusion, and adventure. She shares her passion for adventure via her blog, where she has resources to help women learn how to hike and backpack. Additionally, she is an Adventure Manager and Group Adventure Leader for WHOA Travel leading hiking trips around the world. In 2020, Retha hiked the 273 mile Long Trail and in 2021 she took it up a notch and thru-hiked the 2,193 mile Appalachian Trail. She is currently a member of Granite Gear's Grounds Keepers and has the goal to collect 1,000 pounds of trash from hiking trails and waterways in 2022.

What's your favorite Mountain House meal?


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

Anywhere I can experience something new.

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

Rain coat, hiking boots, and my reusable water bottle

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

Chasing the northern lights in Iceland!

 Mountain House Ambassador Retha Charette laying in grassy flower field on stomach looking at the camera holding up peace signs RPhoto of a corner window tower overlooking timber