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BackCountry Chronic is a blog and website dedicated to sharing stories of my outdoor and daily adventures while managing chronic pain and illness. While I may not be tackling the Pacific Crest Trail or summiting fourteeners, there's still plenty of backcountry exploring to do!  Read along, follow me on social media, and check out my artwork too.

Hi everyone!

I'm Jessica - a writer, artist, and outdoor adventurer with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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Follow all of my hiking and camping adventures around the American Southwest and wherever else I happen to go!

Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis? Find out more about AS, including my diagnosis story, daily challenges, and much more!

Hiking in Crested Butte Colorado

Looking for information and articles on all things outdoors? Check out these posts on trip planning, reflecting, technology, wilderness and more!

If you're looking for personal stories about life with a chronic illness, pain, or fatigue, you're in the right place!