Renee “She-ra” Patrick – Long distance backpacker

Renee completed her first thru hike-  the Appalachian Trail- in 2002. She was transformed by the experience and has been thru-hiking every since.

She’s completed every major trail you can name, and several that you’ve probably never heard of.

Those experiences, plus a love of the natural resources and community that we are so fortunate to have stewardship over, led her to what must be a dream job for her; working at Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) as a Trail Coordinator for the newly completed Oregon Desert Trail.  Imagine having a job where you get to hike and talk about hiking!

Read more to get to know her!

  1. What’s the worst trail/adventure meal you’ve ever concocted?

    Ramen with instant potatoes. there's nothing redeeming about that, or nutritious. but it will fill the belly!

  2. What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?


  3. What do you appreciate most in your friends?


  4. What song would you choose as your “entrance” song, to announce you?

    Empire Ants by Gorillaz

  5. What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

    setting myself and all my gear on fire from an alcohol stove mishap

  6. If you had a billboard, what would it say to represent you?

    How you live your days is how you live your life - Annie Dillard

  7. Who or what inspires you?

    Trying to see what is over the next hill, mountain, horizon line

  8. What are the five things you cannot do without?

    Books, wine, fresh air, trails, love

  9. What is your favorite breakfast meal?

    Anything with bacon

  10. If you came with a warning label what would it say?

    Restless leg syndrome

We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Renee.  If you don’t already know of her, go check out her blog at

She also posts for @wearehikertrash