Arlette Laan or ‘Apple Pie’ as she’s known in New Hampshire’s close-knit White Mountain hiking community, is one of the region’s most accomplished hikers. A triple crown hiker who’s completed the AT, CDT, and PCT, among other long trails, she’s the first woman to complete a White Mountain Direttissima, a continuous unsupported hike of New Hampshire’s 48 four thousand foot peaks. That’s no small feat.
An accomplished fiber artist, Arlette is best known for her magical hiking buddies, hand-sewn dolls, which celebrate the joy we feel when we hike and backpack on trails and in the mountains. Many of my hardcore hiking friends carry them on their backpacking journeys, both locally and across the country, as reminders of home or companions that they can share their joys and woes with. If you walk alone, you never need to “be” alone, when you have one of Arlette’s hikers, backpacking buddies, sweeties, or quirky characters aboard.
Check out Arlette’s Trail Magic Dolls (click for store) which are available in multiple styles and sizes, ranging from Christmas tree ornaments to huggable pals and are priced from $15-$40. These make original holiday presents and gift for friends and family and are a real find.