Writer & Videographer and Long-distance Hiker & Kayaker
A passion for the outdoors drew Kristin Gates out of the suburbs and into the mountains at an early age. Kristin started exploring the outdoors as a long-distance hiker.
In 2010, at the age of 23, Kristin became the youngest woman to hike the 7,000-mile Triple Crown in the United States which includes the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails. Two years later, she became the first person to hike the 800-mile Arizona Trail from Mexico to Utah.
Kristin’s two most recent expeditions have allowed her to explore some of the remotest regions of Alaska and the Yukon. In 2013, she became the first woman to conduct a solo traverse of Alaska’s Brooks Range, bushwhacking and pack-rafting the 1,000-mile distance on an arctic route that she mapped out herself. The Brooks Range trip took Kristin through some of the most remote villages in Alaska—including Anaktuvuk Pass where the last nomadic indigenous peoples of North America chose to settle—and ended at the Chuckchi Sea.
During the summer of 2014, Kristin hiked the Chilkoot Trail and undertook a solo kayak of the 2,000-mile Yukon River—from its headwaters to the Bering Sea—retracing the route of the Klondike Gold Rush miners (and beyond) to better understand the history of the North.
While working as a wilderness guide, Kristin lived in an arctic community in the Brooks Range for a year. During the past four years, she has enjoyed spending time in arctic villages, in both Alaska and Canada’s Western Arctic. She has a growing passion for the far North and its peoples whose futures are inextricably tied to the land. Kristin is currently working on a book about her Brooks Range travels to promote environmental awareness of this fragile ecosystem.
An Explorers Club Member, Kristin brings her hiking, kayaking and guiding experience in the Arctic, along with her expertise, as a wilderness emergency medical technician (W-EMT), to the Sedna Epic Expedition.
Kristin grew up snorkeling in the lakes of New Hampshire. Although she has never dived before, Kristin readily embraces new challenges; she looks forward to snorkeling and scuba diving in the Arctic during the Sedna Epic Expedition. Building upon her experience in logging long distances in the Arctic—by foot and kayak—Kristin is excited to join Team Sedna’s 3,000-kilometre snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage.
Email Kristin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin’s Website: MilesForBreakfast.com
Kristin’s Youtube Channel: youtube.com/misslostgates