Outdoor Advice for Fresh Air Enthusiasts

Your Go-To Hiking, Camping and Van Life Blog

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Bearfoot Theory Founder Kristen Bor hiking on Parker Ridge in Banff National Park
Hi, I’m Kristen!

Welcome to Bearfoot Theory

If you’re like me, you feel most alive in the outdoors. On the weekends, you’d rather hit the trail than the bar, and you choose sleeping under the stars over 5 star hotels.

In 2014, I quit my 9-5 Washington DC career to start this outdoor blog, where my goal is to make the outdoors more accessible for everyday people.

Here you’ll find my best trips, tips, and outdoor advice for hiking, camping, backpacking, road trips, van life and more. My goal is to save you time, support you in your journey outdoors, and help to be prepared for whatever nature throws at you.

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    Hiking and Backpacking

    You don’t need to climb a 20,000 foot mountain to reap the rewards of the outdoors. All you need is a good pair of boots, a pack, and a few important hiking essentials. Get ready to hit some incredible hiking trails with our essential hiking tips and hiking gear roundups.



    Van Life and Nomadic Living

    The Bearfoot Theory team has over 12 years of van life between us in all different types of vans, and we’re here to show you how it’s done. Learn how to pick the right van for your lifestyle, get inspiration for your van conversion, and learn practical advice and smart solutions to living a more spontaneous lifestyle.


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    We will walk you through the entire process of buying a van, planning a conversion, and hitting the road in a van that you absolutely love.


    Car Camping and Road Trips

    Tuck into the forest someplace quiet. Set up base camp with views as far as the eye can see. Refuel at the end of the day by the crackling campfire, knowing a new adventure is waiting for you tomorrow. Explore road trip tips and detailed itineraries across North America to find hidden gems off-the-beaten-path.


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    We all have a responsibility to look after the places that we love.

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