Siren logo created by Laura McLane

My name is Kristin McLane and I am an outdoor adventurer, thru-hiker, Leave No Trace Master Educator, gear tester, writer, and speaker. I love being outside, trying new things outside, and encouraging others to get outside too. The more people get out and enjoy our natural world, the more they’ll become invested in protecting it.

This all started when I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013. I’d only been backpacking a handful of weekends before that, but most of my trips since have been adventure-related. There’s nothing I love more than picking out new trails to hike, bike, or kayak.

I’ve been fortunate to explore many diverse parts of the U.S. in my quest for new adventures. I am currently based in the Catskill Mountains of NY, where I am continuing to work on my New England peak bagging lists.

I was given my trail name, Siren, because I like to sing while I hike. I enjoy a good mountain ballad, especially a murderous one, so let me know if you can point me towards a unique song to learn. And if you have any questions about the trips I’ve been on or the gear I’ve used, just ask!


Trail Resume

Long Thru Hikes:

Appalachian Trail 2013
Pacific Crest Trail 2015

Short Thru Hikes:

John Muir Trail 2015
Devil’s Path 2015/16
Batona Trail 2016
Monadnock Sunapee Greenway 2017
Cohos Trail 2017
Northville Placid Trail 2018
Trans-Catalina Trail 2021

Section Hikes:

Long Trail 2013/2016-2018
Colorado Trail 2014/2019

Peak Bagging Lists:

New Hampshire 4000′ – 48/48 ✔
New Hampshire 4000′ in Winter – 16/48
New Hampshire 100 Highest – 55/100
New England 4000′ – 67/67 ✔
New England 100 Highest – 84/100
Adirondack 46er – 32/46
Catskill 3500′ – 37/37 ✔
Northeast 111 – 101/115

Bike Tours:

Erie Canalway Trail 2020
Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Towpath 2021

Other Big Adventures:

Colorado River through Grand Canyon 2016


Sample speaking topics:

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics
Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Thru-Hiking New Hampshire’s Cohos Trail
Intro to Backpacking
Lightweight Backpacking
Women and Backpacking

Some places I’ve presented include a Lions Club, a high school outdoors club, an elementary school girls’ club, and REI. If you’re interested in hearing about it, I’m interested in talking about it! Contact me to schedule a talk.

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Oh, that Siren logo above? It was created by my very talented sister Laura McLane.