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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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Return of the SLOBO: Rocketship Underpants

May 23, 2016 / Craig Buckley / AT Journal, Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

Despite current fashion or gear trends, the gear you take on the AT should do the following things for you: keep you safe, keep you happy, and keep you moving.

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Back-Country Baking: An Introduction

April 6, 2016 / Craig Buckley / Backpacking Prep

by Olivia Eads Baking is no longer an activity limited to the comfort on ones’ home. As a baker, I love the sweet and savory concoctions that can come out of an experiment in the kitchen inside and out. Back-country baking trends have gained in popularity because, let’s face it, making warm, moist baked goods […]

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Return of the SLOBO: You are the Mountain

March 23, 2016 / Craig Buckley / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

Read the first article in the Return of the SLOBO series, 799 Zero Days Later “Whatcha wanna do today? Go on a hike? I know this great trail.” We would joke like this in the morning as I filtered water from a stream and Jubilee broke down our tent. And sometimes it was funny. Sometimes […]

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Return of the SLOBO: Really Good at Walking

February 12, 2016 / Craig Buckley / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

Read the first article in the Return of the SLOBO series, 799 Zero Days Later “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least…sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields absolutely free from all worldy engagements.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walking When […]

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10 Hacks for Winter Backpacking

January 25, 2016 / Craig Buckley / Backpacking Prep

So you’ve decided that your love of backpacking is so great that not even Old Man Winter himself can keep you cooped up when the temperatures drop. Good. Welcome to the club, fellow maniac. Whether it’s the beautiful, snowy vistas, the refreshing chill of the air, or the solitude of the trail during the winter […]

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Adirondack Mountains: Mt. Marcy

December 9, 2015 / Kayla McKinney / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

Trip Report Adirondack Mountains: Mt. Marcy By: Kayla “Clover” McKinney Trip Length: 3 days, 2 nights (does not include full driving time.) Total Mileage: ~14 miles Date: Late November Conditions: Icy, some snow, brisk, windy. During the day, the high temperatures were in the 30s and at night the temperatures were in the low teens. […]

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10 Things I Sent Home from my Thru-Hike

November 2, 2015 / Craig Buckley / Backpacking Prep, RRT Adventures

All hikers do it. They throw that extra [insert whatever] into their bag, just in case. On a weekend jaunt this is no big deal. A few extra pounds are good for you. They give your legs a better workout and justify the three packs of instant noodles you’re having for dinner again and the […]

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The Sleeping Bag Breakdown

October 24, 2015 / Craig Buckley / Backpacking Prep, Gear Reviews

by Goatman So you want to sleep in the wide open world of nature without freezing to death over night. This is a rather typical human concern. Based on my experience, folks gearing up for outdoor adventure often think of a sleeping bag before they think of anything else, even their footwear or their backpack. […]

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