62 Parks Traveler

62 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park in one year. Avid backpacker and public lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and she wanted to see them before it’s too late.

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Emily Pennington is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, California. She’s written for Backpacker Magazine, Adventure Journal, REI, Mountain Life Magazine, and dozens of websites like Lonely Planet, Territory Supply, The Outbound, and Modern Hiker, to name a few. She considers it her mission to get more women and girls into the outdoors. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or touring the country in her van, you can usually find her sleeping in the dirt all over the Sierra Nevada.