Kristen Bor

Founder and CEO of Bearfoot Theory

As a pioneer in the outdoor blogging space, I provide practical tips, relatable stories, and an authentic perspective that inspires and empowers readers to explore the outdoors more confidently. Join 25k+ readers who subscribe to my weekly newsletter where I share personal stories and my best tips!

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    Kristen Bor at sunset on the Trans-Catalina Trail

    about Kristen

    With two decades of hiking and seven years of van life under her belt, I have has dedicated my life to helping people experience the positive effects of nature.

    With 3.5 million annual page views, my writing reaches over 2.2 million outdoor enthusiasts each year and is one of the most popular blogs focused on outdoor adventure in the United States.


    My adventures have included 22-days backpacking on the John Muir Trail, hiking 14ers in Colorado, trekking in Nepal and Patagonia, backpacking in Alaska, and more.

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    I have lived in three different Sprinter Vans, providing me with a unique expertise that I share with my community.


    I have been a full-time blogger for 10 years and have since published more than 350 blog posts about hiking, camping, and van life reaching more than 2.5 million people every year.

    Bearfoot Theory and Open Roads Fest founder Kristen Bor speaking at opening night of Open Roads Fest. There is a banner with the Open Roads Fest logo behind her
    Me speaking at Open Roads Fest

    I didn’t grow up hiking and camping, and as a self-taught outdoor enthusiast, I want to help others avoid the pitfalls that I had to learn the hard way.

    Back in 2014, I worked in the environmental policy field in Washington, DC. Spending my days in the office and nights at happy hours, I had drifted far away from the outdoorsy person I dreamed of being. Something in my life was missing, and I knew she needed to make a big change. 

    With this realization, I left my DC career behind. I fled the city, moved to the mountains, and started Bearfoot Theory to document my experiences in the outdoors. Two years later, I got a van, hit the road, and have been hiking, backpacking and road tripping around North America ever since.

    With my extensive van life experience, in 2019 and 2022, I conceptualized and organized Open Road Fest, a 4-day campout in Idaho that brought together some of the best brands in the van life space with a vibrant community of more than 450 vanlifers and outdoor enthusiasts.

    Today, I continue to travel part-time in my van. When I’m not on the road, I’m based in Utah with my partner Ryan, our son, and two adventure pups. 


    My writing has been shared in online outlets, podcasts, television, print magazines, and books.

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    As a National Geographic Travel Contributor, Kristen served as a talent in a video about Buenos Aires.

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    Kristen shared her expertise in an interview about her experience as a van lifer

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    Forbes interviewed Kristen about leaving her Washington DC career to become a full-time travel blogger

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    Kristen was a guest on the Oboz Footwear podcast where she discussed cultivating an outdoor community

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    Kristen has published a variety of travel articles on Matador Network about the Western United States

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    Kristen was interviewed on live television where she shared her tips for planning a camper van road trip

    Kristen was interviewed by Whole 30 Founder, Melissa Urban, where she shared essential summer hiking tips

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    Kristen was interviewed about how to run a successful outdoor blog and online business from the road

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