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Reflection on a Thru-hike

October 10, 2017 / Bryan Wolf / 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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Planning the Trip of a Lifetime

September 26, 2016 / Mackenzie Griesser / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

By: Mackenzie Griesser When I was a junior in high school, my dad promised me that when I graduated college he would take me to either Australia or New Zealand. 7 years later, as I’m beginning my final semester of college, I get a text that reads simply: “So which is it going to be: […]

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Base Camp Baking

August 28, 2016 / Olivia Eads / Backpacking Prep

Beer Batter Quiche: Depending on appetite, serving size for this is between 6 and 8 bellies (out of a 12 quart Dutch oven). ENJOY!

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Return of the SLOBO: Fear is the Mind Killer

August 15, 2016 / Craig Buckley / AT Journal, Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

In less than a week, yours truly, Goatman, will step back onto the Appalachian Trail to finish the last 969 miles of a thru-hike that began in 2013 with a 1200+ mile trek. The time for planning, prepping, training, and ruminating is over. And good riddance. I know this may come as no surprise to […]

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Back Country Baking in Action: ICELAND

July 6, 2016 / Olivia Eads / Backpacking Prep

Back Country Baking in Action: ICELAND By: Olivia Eads         During my recent adventure in Iceland, I decided to test out a few techniques in the field! Before we get to the processes and the final products created, here are a few tips that I learned through these experiments: – make a […]

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