Plan your Adventure. Get the Gear. Explore the World.

Getting outside is that simple, and here on Bearfoot Theory we show you how.

But first things first. We aren’t your typical outdoor website. We don’t feature pro-athletes hucking themselves off cliffs or kayaking class 5 rapids. No. None of that crazy stuff. We are a blog for EVERYDAY PEOPLE. Hikers. Campers. Backpackers. Paddlers. Sun-bathers. If we can do it, so can you.

With the right information, the right gear, and a healthy dose of inspiration, we break down the barriers that prevent you from getting outside or taking that first big trip abroad. Time? Money? Skills? Gear? We tackle all of these roadblocks and show you that traveling and getting outside is easy and accessible. Whether you’re a complete outdoor newbie or have trekked all around the globe, Bearfoot Theory is the place you’ll find relatable advice, trip reports, and useful tips to help you simplify your adventure planning – so you can stop making excuses and start spending more time outside.

To get started with our website, visit our Start Here page, which highlights the best and most helpful content on Bearfoot Theory.


Three years ago, I started offering group tours exclusive to Bearfoot Theory readers. In 2018, we’re headed to down to Patagonia for 14 days of hiking, sightseeing, camping, and experiencing the local culture. For more information or to sign up for the trip, go to this page.


Kristen Bor is the Sprinter van-dwelling, booty-shaking, GoPro toting full-time adventure travel blogger behind Bearfoot Theory. She loves live music, sunsets, and a strong cup of coffee and believes there is no better cure than a walk in the woods and a healthy dose of fresh air.  She grew up in Idaho and has since worked as a SCUBA Instructor in Thailand, a deckhand in Hawaii, a research assistant for the Channel Islands, and most recently as a conservation policy advocate in the halls of Congress. In 2014, she quit her Washington DC job and started Bearfoot Theory as a way to help more people get outside. She didn’t grow up camping and hiking and wanted to show people that it’s never too late to start by sharing her favorite destinations, gear, and tips for living a more adventurous life. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Oh and the name Bearfoot Theory comes from the Grateful Dead dancing bear tattoo she has on her right foot.


KIM VAWTER, Community Manager

Kim is a former principal who quit her job to solo hike all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. In other words…she’s a badass. She currently lives in Santa Barbara where she is practicing yoga, whipping up some tasty vegetarian food, and working as a guide leading kayaking, hiking, and biking. At Bearfoot Theory, she is our community manager and in 2018 will be in charge of our Facebook group and event planning. Follow Kim on Instagram.


LINDA HALABI, Marketing Director

Linda is an outdoor adventure loving sustainability advocate who travels at every opportunity. Kristen and her met back in 2010 in the Environmental Management Masters Program and UC Santa Barbara. Following grad school, Linda spent a year driving from San Diego to Argentina in a VW Vanagon with her now husband. Linda divides her time between San Diego and Baja California where she and her husband are building a house. At Bearfoot Theory, she manages our partnerships and brand outreach. Follow Linda on Instagram.


KATHERINE OAKES, Contributing Writer

Katherine Oakes is a full-time freelance writer and Hatha yoga teacher, and here at Bearfoot Theory she helps keep the blog content flowing.  She specializes in writing about the outdoors, travel, wellness and green living topics and has previously contributed to, REI, west elm, Pure Green Magazine, Huckberry and more.

For her, a good day is one that is spent outside with friends, getting a little dirt under her fingernails and fresh air in her lungs. As an avid hiker, skier, yogi (namaste) and aspiring environmentalist, Katherine is thrilled to inspire others to get outside and get after it as a contributing writer for Bearfoot Theory.

For more outdoorsy shenanigans, you can follow Katherine on Instagram and Twitter. Plus, check out her full portfolio at www.katherineoakes.com.


"Goin' where the wind don't blow so strange, Maybe off on some high cold mountain chain."

What our readers say

Raised in the northeast and always on the ocean, getting into the mountains to hike and camp are new adventures for me! The information on Bearfoot Theory has been motivation to just get out there and DO IT!  Your posts help me think about essentials, planning, safety and fun!  I especially like your gear lists.  I appreciate that you take time to explain not only why I need an item, but you explain why you recommend that brand or item. Thanks for being an inspiration and educator!

I’ve only been following Kristen for a few months, but she has answers to a lot of my outdoor questions! While I am not a newcomer to the outdoor world, her product reviews are solid (thanks to the introduction of the Jack Black lip balm!) and her traveling suggestions are very helpful.  She provides knowledge on a variety of topics, of which, is all her first hand experience so I enjoy that she is honest and open.  I know I will be utilizing her website as I continue to dive into the world of sprinter van life.

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