Heather Eldridge
Editorial Assistant

As an Editorial Assistant at CleverHiker, Heather contributes to all aspects of our content creation, including research, analysis, testing, writing, photography, and more. Heather also leads the CH communications department, answering reader questions and building relationships with innovative outdoor brands.

Originally from Oregon, Heather has been exploring the Pacific Northwest since childhood. Heather is an experienced thru-hiker, having completed both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. With a degree in Outdoor Education, Heather spent years encouraging youth to embrace outdoor recreation through various leadership positions. She has also worked as a backpacking guide, rock climbing instructor, and portrait photographer.

Heather takes a balanced approach to backpacking and camping, emphasizing comfort while keeping the weight and cost of her gear in check. Her love of photography is evident in the stunning images she captures on her adventures, which she uses to inspire others to explore the beauty of the natural world. When Heather’s not working, you can find her hiking with her dog in the local forests or obsessing over plants in her garden.

Articles by Heather Eldridge

A Quick Guide to Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

A Quick Guide to Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

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Long-distance hiking is a beautiful thing, but overcoming the challenges of a thru-hike requires a lot of research, planning and dedication. We put together this guide to help get you started. Below, you’ll find tips about choosing a start date, buying gear, what to expect on the trail, and so much more.
5 Best Hydration Packs of 2024
A hiker in front of a waterfall with the Gregory Juno 24 H2O hydration pack

5 Best Hydration Packs of 2024

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If you’re on the hunt for a new hydration pack and you’re overwhelmed by the number of products available, we’ve got your back.
10 Best Fleece Jackets of 2024
A female backpacker wearing the Eddie Bauer Super Sevens Fleece Pullover in front of jagged mountain peaks in Glacier National Park

10 Best Fleece Jackets of 2024

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We took to the mountains to find the best fleece jackets for taking off the chill. Explore our top picks for staying comfortable and toasty warm when temps start to dip.
Best Camping & Backpacking Coffee Makers of 2024
Closeup of the GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip brewing coffee into an ultralight backpacking cup on a volcanic rock

Best Camping & Backpacking Coffee Makers of 2024

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Spending time in the woods doesn’t mean you have to ditch your daily brew. We’ve tested the top coffee makers of 2023 so you can embrace your morning coffee ritual wherever you are.
10 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

10 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

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When the temperature drops, your blood flows to your core and away from your extremities, which is why your hands tend to be…
10 Best Winter Coats for Women of 2024

10 Best Winter Coats for Women of 2024

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Quality matters when it comes to the weather performance of outerwear, especially when conditions are severe.
Best Camping Cookware of 2024

Best Camping Cookware of 2024

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Food just tastes better when you’re surrounded by nature and fresh air, especially after an action-packed day.
10 Best Camping Tables of 2024

10 Best Camping Tables of 2024

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We love camping in secluded places, but most remote sites don’t have picnic tables. A camping table provides a comfortable…
7 Best Pocket Knives & Best Brands of 2024

7 Best Pocket Knives & Best Brands of 2024

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A trusty pocket knife will come in handy for both the ordinary and the unexpected. Whether you’re springing to action…
7 Best Multitools of 2024

7 Best Multitools of 2024

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as having just the tool you need for a job, right when and where you need it. Multitools turn…
Easy Camping Recipes That Taste Gourmet

Easy Camping Recipes That Taste Gourmet

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We’re avid cooks both at home and on our adventures, and it’s taken decades to dial in this list of our favorite camping…
10 Tips for Capturing Great Adventure Photos

10 Tips for Capturing Great Adventure Photos

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A photo speaks a thousand words, especially when it comes to recalling the details of your adventures. A trip may only last for a few days, but great photos will bring back the feels for a lifetime. Learning to capture professional looking photos takes time, but it’s a skill worth growing if you want to better share your experiences, inspire others, and record your memories.
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