My name is Danielle O’Farrell and my trail name is Giggles. When I am not hiking, I currently live in San Francisco and am the store manager at Last Minute Gear as well as a backpacking guide for Adventure Out. I am an ambassador for an awesome gear company called Garage Grown Gear. I love helping people get ready for trips and become confident in themselves in the outdoors, whether I am answering their questions, offering them advice, picking out gear with them or taking them out on a trip. I am happiest when I am hiking, backpacking, bouldering, rock climbing, eating chocolate and hanging out with friends outside.
As a city girl, I was always fascinated with nature wherever I could find it, and though I didn’t go on my first backpacking trip until I was 18, I have always loved the outdoors. After graduating from Tufts University I began guiding and teaching environmental and outdoor education. It was on one of my first trips guiding that I began toying with the idea of long distance hiking. I was guiding along parts of the Appalachian Trail at the time. On the last morning before the end of one of these trips, I woke up and I squirmed to a sitting position in my sleeping bag. Of course, I sighed, the birds were chirping and the sky was blue. I was not ready to go back yet. This feeling of not wanting to go back has stuck with me.
In 2017 I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and have become even more immersed in trying to share the outdoors with others, plan future trips and continue challenge myself. In 2018 I was able to do a 70 mile section hike of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and next I hope to hike the Sierra High Route this summer. The Sierra High Route differs in that it is all at elevation and there is no trail. I am looking forward to the challenges of this route and am excited to continue to grow my skills and experiences.
This website chronicles some of my adventures, lessons that I have learned along the way as well as some advice and tips. You can also follow me on Instagram @WithTheWildThings.
Guest Speaker Series at 9 Bay Area REIs in August/September 2018 “Traversing Snowfields And Dodging Wildfires: A 2017 PCT Hike”
Introduction for Stride Travel’s Article “Top US National Parks to See with a Guide”
Featured in She Explores “Risk Taker” podcast
Guest Speaker for Napa Super Clinic 2018
Published “The Ultimate Guide to Women’s Health in Outdoors” Article with Last Minute Gear
Blogger for The Trek