Project Description

Leah “Ninja” Bear is a thru-hiker, trail runner, vanlifer and lifelong lover of the outdoors from Panama City, FL. Leah grew up in an outdoor-oriented family and enjoyed paddle boarding, wave running, and camping in the Florida Keys in her youth. Later in life, she earned a Masters in Psychology and entered the field as a Counselor. After a year in her new career, she decided the lifestyle wasn’t for her. She wanted to pursue a life in the outdoors.

Leah having fun at work!

Leah having fun at work!

In 2016, Leah hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, spending 5+ months outdoors and walking 2200 miles over 14 states. Her experience on the AT changed her life forever. She completed the PCT in 2018 and her goal for 2020 is to thru-hike the Arizona Trail in March and the CDT in July, completing the Triple Crown of hiking and logging 4,000 miles in one year. 

When she’s not hiking, Leah enjoys reading, journaling, traveling, and cooking. Her favorite piece of gear is the Shewee because it makes Vanlife in winter and hiking so much easier for a woman. Her long term goals after the Triple Crown are to learn how to backcountry ski, do some long-distance bikepacking, and eventually open a small outfitter/hostel in a trail town. She still has many years of nomadic living and adventures to accomplish!  She has worked at Moab Gear Trader since April of 2019.

Leah at the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail

Leah at the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail