Paige Emerson grew up in Maine and was always outdoorsy, but she never saw herself as much of a hiker. When she started hiking in spring of 2020 she found that many of the hikes she wanted to do were labeled “easy” but were actually harder than she expected. This is because the words “easy” or ”difficult” are relative to your body type, prior experience, and fitness level. With this in mind she set out to explore trails and write more realistic reviews from the perspective of someone who is plus sized. Paige believes that anyone can be a hiker.
Since starting Chubby Hiker Reviews in June 2020, Paige has had the opportunity to review over 60 Maine trails. These reviews can be found organized by region on her Instagram page, @chubbyhikerreviews.