About Me

Hey! I’m Jen! I am from Southwestern Illinois. I love being outside.

  • You can find me planning and running backpacking events with my company True North Expeditions, Inc.
  • Volunteering my free time to outdoor causes, cleaning up state parks
  • Trail maintaining, building and operating the Education and Outreach Committee with the Ozark Trail Association.
  • Section hiking the Appalachian Trail!
  • Hiking, camping, backpacking, roadtripping, obsessing over related gear, enjoying ALL kinds of music, writing, traveling often, making and eating good food, and overall; spending as much time as possible with my husband, family and my dogs.

I took a hiatus here for a bit but ideally, I come to Jenny the Trailhead a few times a month to organize pictures, thoughts, stories and future plans; be it a day hike, a weekend trip to a state park, or preparing for our next Appalachian Trail section. I also enjoy reviewing and highlighting local Missouri and Illinois trails.

I began repping Columbia, MO brand ust gear last year (2020)! Check them out!

In March 2018 we purchased Rennie – our 2018 A-Liner Ranger 12 camper! In July 2018, we towed her cross country to California for 2 weeks! (#ramblinrennie)

Jenny the Trailhead X Honey Stinger Hive Program. (Jan. 2017 – Present)

In May 2018 I participated in #LHX2018, an adventure that gives back to Gear Forward, an outdoor based non-profit I work part-time for as a Development Coordinator.

In February 2019 my passion project was born – the Illinois Park Project. After an unexpected end after two years leading some amazing adventures with Mountain Chicks, I wanted to lead something proactive and incredible. Something genuine!


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