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Mt. Washington

February 22, 2018 / Brandon Behymer / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

Having done some winter mountaineering out west prior to this trip, I never thought much of it. How demanding could a mountain under half the elevation of Colorado’s highest peak be?  Fairly demanding it turns out.

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Preparing for Aconcagua

January 14, 2018 / Olivia Eads / 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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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 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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10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Philmont

June 23, 2017 / Will Babb / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

If you’re gearing up for a trip to Philmont or even just dreaming about a trip out to the High Adventure Base then this blog is perfect for you. Below are ten of my best tips and tricks to make your New Mexico trip successful, safe, and fun. These are tips that I learned the hard way when I was at Philmont in 2014 and I’m sharing them with you so that you know them before you even go.

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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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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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