Laura Lancaster is a staff writer at Outdoor Life, where she writes about backpacking and camping gear. In addition to covering the intersection of backpack hunting and ultralight backpacking, she’s also working on expanding their thru-hiking gear coverage. Laura’s previous work includes writing features and gear reviews for Backpacker magazine and American Survival Guide, as well as six years spent in the trenches of the book publishing industry. She’s thru-hiked the Pacific Crest and Colorado Trails as well as section-hiked a number of long trails across the country. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.