My name is John B. Abela.

I presently live in the Redwoods of Northern California in the United States of America.

I started the HikeLighter.Com website in September of 2011.

I am a long distance hiker, gear designer, product tester, and for the last few years, I spend the vast majority of my time developing new long-distance hiking trails/routes for future generations of hikers.

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  1. Hey,

    Not sure if you remember me, but we met at the GGG in January. I just moved to Arcata. I was wondering if you know any day hikes ( 10 miles>) less than an hours drive of Arcata. Also im looking to get a daypack. Where is the nearest “outdoor” store? If you could help me out in any way that would be great. Maybe go for a hike.


    1. Hey Frank. Sadly I am not all that good with names… would likely remember you if we meet or if I saw a photograph… but me and names are not all that good with each other. Sorry.

      Probably the best place in Humboldt for outdoor gear are the Adventures Edge in Arcata and Eureka.

      Without an hour of Arcata you have: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwoods National Park, Headwaters Forest Reserve, Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP, Humboldt Redwoods SP. http://www.redwoodhikes.com/ is THE website for hikes up here.

      I would totally be up for going on a hike with you. Contact me and lets get hooked up!

      Welcome to Humboldt!

  2. Hi John,
    You rule, thank you for educating us!
    My question is: what’s your preference in a rain skirt? Sil nylon, cuben, snaps, Velcro…?
    Many thanks!

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