Emma Massick & Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Emma Massick Backpacking John Muir Trail Freeze-Dried Food

Every so often I receive a truly inspiring email that makes me want to jump up and down with shared excitement. That's how I met Emma, a female entrepreneur about to set off on a 3 week solo backpacking journey. Badass much?! She had dreamt of backpacking the John Muir Trail since she was a child and had decided it was time to make that dream a reality. To help Emma with her journey, we sent her a care package of Bushka meals!

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About Emma:

My name is Emma Massick, but on the trails I go by Pepper. I put pepper on everything! I even filled both sides of my backpacking salt/pepper shaker with pepper because I felt like it was more important to me than salt!
I love to hike, rock climb, and be challenged in an outdoor setting. I love coffee and the human connections that can develop over a steaming mug. I love connecting with people in new online markets, and learning and exploring the new methods of communication that are popping up daily!

Emma Massick Elm Tree SocialI am a freelance social media manager and content creator. I help outdoor brands tell their story by making meaningful and memorable connections with their audience and relieve headaches for outdoor leaders trying to accomplish this in their own space! (If you want more information you can find my website at www.elmtreesocial.com!)

 When I was around 10 years old, my family went on a summer vacation to Yosemite, and I fell in love. Surrounded by powerful waterfalls, lush forests and tall mountain faces towering higher than I could imagine, I felt that I was truly at home. I have always loved to read and learn so I read a Yosemite book in one of the gift shops while I waited for my siblings to finish looking at all of the odds and ends that were for sale. I read about the John Muir Trail (JMT) and I thought to myself, “I’m gonna do that when I’m a grown up!” 

Fast forward to a few years ago, I watched an awesome documentary called Mile, Mile and A Half and was reminded and re-inspired for my JMT dream. I said to myself, “well, I’m a grown-up now so I suppose it’s time to do this thing!” And applied for a trail permit. I got my permit the very next day, I believe it was meant to be! I will be leaving out of Happy Isles during the fourth week of July, hiking solo and I am so excited, nervous and so ready to be living this thing that I have been planning for months and dreaming about for years! You can follow my adventures at www.pepperhikes.com or on instagram @pepperhikes.

Emma Massick Backpacking John Muir Trail

Fun Facts About Me:

  • I have a pet bearded dragon named Hemingway!
  • I like to paint! You can check out my art on my blog at www.pepperhikes.com/art.
  • I have been to 8 countries and 17 states, and plan on going to many more in the near future! I love traveling and experiencing new places/people/things.
  • When I was younger, my school had a “dress as what you want to be when you grow up” day. Most of the kids in my class came dressed as firefighters, policemen, veterinarians, ballerinas and princesses. I came dressed as the President. Not so sure I want to follow that political path anymore, but I sure do love making a connection with people and making major changes in people’s lives!

Emma Massick Bushka's Kitchen Freeze-Dried Food for Backpacking


Stay tuned for a trip recap when Emma returns! We wish you a safe and amazing journey. 


Bushka's Kitchen provides ready-to-eat, lightweight food for every type of busy lifestyle, whether that's backpacking, traveling, parenting, or just plain ol' business. Browse our nutritious, gourmet food and stock up for your busy life!

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