Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro

Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a Minnesota transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Winona. It was there that I first fell in love with backpacking after attempting a thru hike of Missouri's Ozark Trail. Since then, I've completed the Pacific Crest Trail (17') and have plans to attempt a solo hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in the fall of 2018. When not backpacking, I'm trying my best to overcome my fear of heights by rock climbing, practicing yoga, and searching for the best burrito in the Midwest.. so far with no luck. You can follow my adventures here on The Trek or on Instagram @alexamshapiro. And... seriously... if you know of a good burrito place... hit me up.

Posts

The Future of the Continental Divide Trail: Part I

The Future of the Continental Divide Trail: Part I

This article is the first half of a two-part story about the Continental Divide Trail Association and their efforts to protect and finish building

Mar 16, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Diva Revolution: The Perks of the Diva Cup

Diva Revolution: The Perks of the Diva Cup

Alright ladies (and gents who want to stay well-informed), it’s time to talk about the Diva Cup. As you gear up for a 2018 long-distance trek,

Jan 24, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Hiking with Cancer: The Story of a Couple Pursuing their Dream

Hiking with Cancer: The Story of a Couple Pursuing their Dream

Lynn Shapiro, a.k.a Three-Guy, scans the trail in front of him looking at the trees lining the path. Nothing goes unnoticed when Lynn is out in

Jan 10, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Gear: The Before and After of a Long-Distance Hike

Gear decisions have always been a major point of stress for me. My nightmare is combing the internet for hours on end comparing price points and

Nov 15, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Reflections on a Trail Well Traveled

Reflections on a Trail Well Traveled

I was silly to think that we would be immune to post trail depression. For months now, we both felt like the end of the trail would come as a bit

Sep 21, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
We made it to here!

We made it to here!

On Sunday, my trail family of six officially arrived at Monument 78, the US/Canada border. After 147 days, we completed the Pacific Crest

Sep 19, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Food Review: Muir Energy Gel

Food Review: Muir Energy Gel

I recently had the opportunity to try out a relatively new gel made from a San Diego based company called instagram, according to one post. Their

Sep 8, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Washington Update: Smoke!

Washington Update: Smoke!

Oh, Washington. You're sky has been filled with smoke since the day before we descended into Snoqualmie. I believe beautiful views exist beyond

Sep 8, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Washington Update: The Trail is on Fire

Washington Update: The Trail is on Fire

There was something emotional about walking across the Bridge of the Gods Saturday morning, bellies full of omelettes and cinnamon rolls and

Sep 1, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
And with that, Oregon is complete.

And with that, Oregon is complete.

When we left the Sierras and set our sights on Oregon, it was with a bit of trepidation and anticipation in our bellies. We had heard such

Aug 25, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro