Bio: Arlette “Apple Pie” Laan grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Lowell, MA. She began hiking in Switzerland when she was eighteen but didn’t really get into long distance hiking until she moved to California in 1999.
Arlette has thru hiked the John Muir Trail (2002), the Pacific Crest Trail (2003), the Continental Divide Trail (2004), the Appalachian Trail (2005), the Arizona Trail (2009), The Grand Enchantment Trail (2012), The Te Araroa in New Zealand (2015), The Long Trail (2015), and the Hayduke Trail (2017). She’s hiked about 900 miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail in two sections (2007, 2012) and completed the Florida Trail in two sections (2013, 2017).
In 2014 she completed all 48 4000 footers in an 11 day unsupported backpacking trip called the White Mountain challenge or Direttissima. She has also summited the New England 67 and is 5 summits shy of completing the New England 100 highest list.
She was a volunteer backcountry ranger in the High Uintas Wilderness in Utah (2006) and has travelled and hiked independently in Switzerland, Nepal (Annapurna Circuit and Langtang 2005, Three Passes Trek, Everest region 2010), Japan (Mt Yari Ga Take), Patagonia, Nicaragua and Jordan. She has backpacked in the Netherlands once. ; )
She’s led beginner backpacking trips and introduced her mother to backpacking when she was 66. She loves teaching others how to be confident in the outdoors.
Home: Lowell MA
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Has led several backpacking trips in the White Mountains for women of the NH Women’s Hiking Facebook page and assisted in doing trail maintenance in the Presidential range. Currently employed by Redline Guiding, North Conway NH.
Favorite Training Ground: Currently the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It took me awhile to warm up to the rocky and rooty trails but they sure get you in shape and the alpine sections of the Presidential range is rugged and beautiful.
My Favorite Pack: The Mariposa for trips where I need to bring more cold weather gear, the Gorilla for other times of the year.
I Never Hit The Trail Without: A back pack buddy, whether it’s Team Purple, the two sock dolls I’ve made to accompany me or the two Beanie baby monkeys Miles and Smiles.