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Gear Review: Rab Alpha Direct

February 16, 2017 / Louie Knolle / Uncategorized

Ever since I was a young lad working on the potato farm on the Emerald Isle, I have long dreamed of a jacket that would be both breathable enough to expel the heat created while working hard and insulating enough that I would not freeze my fanny off when I stop to take a break.

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Musings on Wilderness

February 2, 2017 / Kayla McKinney / Uncategorized

The ironic thing is that by definition, wilderness does not involve humans. Therefore, as a human enjoying wilderness, I am changing the definition of the place with my presence. I passionately feel the need to protect these places from human intervention, yet I also want the privilege of experiencing them.

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Thru-Hiker Gear List

January 12, 2017 / Eli / Gear Reviews

THRU-HIKE GEAR Here is a list of specific gear that was hand selected by Appalachian Trail thru-hikers keeping weight, durability, and comfort in mind. Keep in mind that every hiker is different and there is no list which can fit the needs and desires of every hiker. This list attempts to cover the essentials items […]

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Thru-Hiking Options for the Rest of Us

January 9, 2017 / Bryan Wolf / Backpacking Prep, Local Explorers

By: Jim Rahtz Despite the growing popularity of long distance backpacking, it is still a very select group that has completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail or the Continental Divide Trail. The commitment required is immense. Not only does the hiker walk over 2,000 miles, they give up the comforts of […]

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Local Explorers: Tom and Sarah Swallow

January 4, 2017 / Brandon Behymer / Local Explorers

by: Brandon Behymer For most of us riding a bike is a fun, relaxing thing to do. A lot more people these days are choosing to commute by way of two wheels instead of four. Some others have discovered the freedom that their bikes provide to see the faraway places we all dream about. The […]

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European Backpacking: How to Pack

December 22, 2016 / Kayla McKinney / Gear Reviews

Planning for a big, multi-country backpacking tour of Europe? This is a logistical mess with huge rewards and I highly encourage it. You should be very careful to pack well and intentionally so that you can be a prepared and self-sufficient traveler. It is important to bring a limited amount of necessary items and avoid […]

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9 Tips for Traveling India

December 12, 2016 / Eli / Uncategorized

 – by Eli “Shinbone” Staggs 1) Eating Well Finding authentic, cost efficient food that will not make you sick in India is not difficult. In order to hit these qualities a restaurant must have a couple key characteristics. These characteristics include a high turn over rate for customers and no multi-national cuisine on their menu. […]

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Readers Review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

December 4, 2016 / Louie Knolle / Book/Movie Reviews

I don’t know you reader, but one thing I do know is that you are human. Should I meet you someday, perhaps we will have a nice conversation about some books we have both read. Whether they be travel memoirs, eastern philosophies, metamorphoses inspired by nature, classic literature, or even the standard 14 part fantasy epic, I am always intrigued by the books that end up on my book shelf.

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New Zealand Trip Planning Follow-Up

November 16, 2016 / Mackenzie G / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

RRT employee Mackenzie just spent two weeks exploring New Zealand! Prior to leaving, she posted a blog about all the preparation that goes into planning a trip like this. This blog is a follow-up where she discusses how potential issues were resolved and what other problems arose during the trip.

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PSA: Hiking in Hunting Season

November 11, 2016 / Louie Knolle / Backpacking Prep

A little insight from the Lou-bear on hiking during the hunting season. Be safe out there friends!

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