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After the Climb – Aconcagua

February 13, 2018 / Olivia Eads / RRT Adventures

There is no protocol to the return of society after a month in the mountains. The transition is not easy, and never will be.

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Preparing for Aconcagua

January 14, 2018 / Bryan Wolf / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

My emotions are stoic yet excited. I’m lamenting the money I dropped on this experience, but I know it will be worth it. I hope my physical capabilities will be enough to push me to the top. Mentally I am prepared, physically I have done everything in my power to be ready for this. Anticipation is killing me, and I am ready to test my limits.

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Wonderful World of Winter

December 30, 2017 / Bryan Wolf / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

I know there are a lot of haters out there so I want to set the record straight. The best time to go for a hike is when it’s cold. In most cases, the colder and the more snow the better. Sure there are exceptions; I’ve struggled to sleep at negative 20 degrees, or labored through five feet of fresh snow before. But my most active months for local trips are always January and February.

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RRT Holiday Wish List

December 5, 2017 / Bryan Wolf / Uncategorized

‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations and gift giving. That second part can always be hard, especially with those holidays approaching rapidly. Here at Roads Rivers and Trails, we want to make it a little bit easier for you. What do you get someone that has everything? We decided to discuss this with our staff to spark ideas for you and yours! This is what we came up with:

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Readers Review: On Trails

November 29, 2017 / Louie Knolle / Book/Movie Reviews

If you’re interested in some natural history, select tales from the AT, a scoop of entomology, a dash of Darwin and Thoreau, all blended together with provocation of how you travel through the wilds and your place in it, then this is definitely not the book for you. (Only kidding!)

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The National Parks

November 17, 2017 / Ben Shaw / RRT Adventures

I’ve stood on the edge in these places, climbed their tallest peaks, shared adventures with friends that I can never forget and because of these things, these places will forever have a special place in my heart.  As always with places that are special to us, we think about their longevity and continued existence for others to enjoy.

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The Wild North of Michigan

October 17, 2017 / Ben Shaw / Uncategorized

I woke up to the most annoying drizzle but decided to be nice and wake everyone else up with chocolate chip pancakes. We got backcountry permits and adventured around the Porcupine Mountains to places such as Lake of the Clouds, Mirror Lake and Summit Peak. We finally made camp right along the southern shore of Lake Superior, made a toasty fire and got to know each other better with a few campfire libations and the sound of waves rolling in along the rocks.

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Reflection on a Thru-hike

October 10, 2017 / Will Babb / AT Journal, Backpacking Prep, Local Explorers, RRT Adventures

I keep my eyes on the calendar, watching the days move by and watching October 11 creep closer and closer. A day that is inscribed in my memory just as much as any birthday or holiday, an occasion I can’t forget. When the calendar reaches October 11 this year, It will have been one year since I completed my northbound Appalachian Trail thru hike.

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The Story Behind the Names

August 24, 2017 / Bryan Wolf / AT Journal, RRT Adventures

Popularized on the Appalachian Trail, and now adopted on many long distance trails, it is customary to be given a new name, a trail name. The reasons for this can be many, but put simply you take on a new identity from that you which previously possessed and are renamed.

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The Complete Incomplete Guide to Blisters

July 28, 2017 / Will Babb / Backpacking Prep

Blisters are a common problem- anybody who has done any amount of hiking has dealt with them. In this blog I’ll explore the causes of blisters as well as several different treatment methods based on knowledge from my personal experience in the outdoors. Knowing how to properly care for and treat blisters is an essential skill in any outdoor activity, so read on to find the method that works best for you.

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