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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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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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Gear Review: Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket

October 20, 2016 / Kayla McKinney / Gear Reviews, RRT Adventures

I first purchased my Outdoor Research Aspire jacket in 2014 and have worn it extensively since. I have taken it on many trips, in a wide variety of conditions, and therefore I feel credible enough to give you my review of the jacket! Let’s begin with a quick run down of the facts and features of the jacket:

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The Louie Knolle Bomb-Diggity Bootastic Award

December 13, 2015 / Bryan Wolf / Gear Reviews

To put it simply, I do not enjoy conventional footwear.  On the average day, you will find my toesies free from the confines of shoes, either in the nude or in very minimal sandals for when I need to get all dressed up for “The Man”.  I adhere to the belief that shoes were invented […]

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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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7 Halloween Costumes Every Backpacker Already Has Lying Around

October 17, 2015 / Craig Buckley / Gear Reviews

October is my favorite month, no doubt. The long, humid days of summer shorten into chilly autumn nights. Campfires smell better. I get to wear my favorite fleece.  Every hike is lit up golden and red, reinventing familiar paths and making every viewpoint a visual spectacle. There’s pumpkin pie and pumpkin beer and pumpkins to […]

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A Walk in the Woods

September 20, 2015 / Bryan Wolf / Book/Movie Reviews, Gear Reviews

A Thru-hikers Review By: Bryan Wolf The book was amazing! Most conversations begin or end with the book and how the movie did based off those expectations. For my enjoyment, but also the sake of a fair review I decided to look at the movie independently. It seems only fair to separate the two, after […]

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Fall Activities!

August 25, 2015 / Kayla McKinney / Gear Reviews

  By Michela “Songbird” Miller   Fall is just around the corner! While we mourn the passing of another summer, we must remember all the awesome things we can look forward to with the coming of autumn. While Ohio winter is always the harbinger of “the white death”, spring feels like a great flood, and […]

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Gear Review: Ahnu Montara Boot

August 12, 2015 / Kayla McKinney / Backpacking Prep, Gear Reviews, RRT Adventures

Gear Review: Ahnu Montara Boot By: Kayla “Clover” McKinney I love my Ahnu Montaras. I was immediately attracted to their style and found them feminine yet rugged looking. I got the chocolate chip color, as pictured, but they also come in a variety of other colors. I first got my boots in October of 2014 […]

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Trail Runners Dominate Long Distance Hiking by Eli “Shinbone” Staggs

June 9, 2015 / Eli / Backpacking Prep, Gear Reviews

At RRT, we see a lot of folks looking for a shoe to wear on an assortment of outdoor excursions. From my experience as a long distance hiker I try to sway them towards a non-waterproof trail runner, whether it’s for an overnight trip to the Red River Gorge or a long section of the […]

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