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Rentals: A Gateway to Adventure

May 1, 2019 / Bryan Wolf / Uncategorized

RRT’s new gear rental program gives opportunity to the new adventure seeker. With RRT’s professional gear guidance and rental service you can be side by side with seasoned thrill seekers and look like the pro of the group. We now rent gear from top name brands like MSR, Black Diamond, Thermarest, Osprey, Sea To Summit, and Sierra Designs.

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Black Mountain Crest Trail: Trip Report

March 30, 2019 / Bryan Wolf / RRT Adventures

I first came across the Black Mountain Crest Trail a few years back with a simple Google search- “toughest hikes in America.” Seems like an odd Google search, but tough trails are where my bucket list starts. Everything I read about the Black Mountain Crest Trail in North Carolina deemed it one of the most rugged, difficult trails in the Eastern US. At only 12 miles long, its short length shouldn’t be overlooked as it packs in plenty of elevation gain, technical hiking, and difficulty into those few miles. The ridgeline traverse covers five of the ten highest peaks East of the Mississippi River, eight different six-thousand foot peaks, and a finish on Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain in the eastern US.

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Sheltowee Trace Association

March 14, 2019 / Bryan Wolf / Community Involvement, Community Partners

The Sheltowee trail runs 323 miles from northern boundary of the  Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, Kentucky to the southern boundary of  Big South Fork NRRA in Scott County, Tennessee. The STA, is  a 501(c)3 non-profit association with the purpose of achieving the formation of a highly functional cross-state recreation trail. This includes trail maintenance, building, and markings.

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Gear Repair

January 30, 2019 / Brandon Behymer / Backpacking Prep

The most important part of gear repair isn’t the gear itself, it’s you. Yes, even through all the ups and downs, cursing, and joy that you and your gear share, at the end of the day the gear is selfish. You invest all this money in it, the least it could do is dry itself out and quietly make its way to a cool (50-70 degree), dry closet and hang itself up, patiently awaiting the next opportunity to carry your means of survival.

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The Time for Climbing Films

January 27, 2019 / Will Babb / Book/Movie Reviews

Climbing as a sport has been growing increasingly popular in recent years, thanks in part to the release of professionally made documentaries on the sport. 2018 was a landmark year for climbing films, with three climbing films out for widespread release. I had the opportunity to see Reel Rock 13, the Dawn Wall, and Free Solo in theaters and thoroughly enjoyed each of them.

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5 Reasons To: Send Your Kids Away to Camp

January 22, 2019 / Bryan Wolf / Uncategorized

You shouldn’t have to challenge your kid to play sixty minutes a day you should try to get them to sit down for only sixty minutes a day. I would have never had the tools and mindset to complete the entire Appalachian Trail without these experiences.

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Cold Weather Layering Basics

January 15, 2019 / Bryan Wolf / Backpacking Prep, Gear Reviews

A layer system traditionally consists of 4 layers. By layering correctly, we control our body temperature and protection from the elements. Each layer is intended to provide a unique purpose. We combine our layers and accessories to those layers, making changes as often as is necessary to assure that we are sweat free, warm and comfortable moving.

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Government Shut Down and our Parks

January 10, 2019 / Olivia Eads / Backpacking Prep

With the Government shut down, many of our favorite recreation areas are closed or lacking valuable resources for access. Websites are not being updated, restrooms are closed, trash is not being collected, and many people are taking full advantage of the lack of authority in these areas. Here are a few things to consider if you (like me) have planned an adventure this winter to one of our National Parks.

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Answer the Call: Recycle Your Cell Phone to Save Species!

January 7, 2019 / Bryan Wolf / Community Involvement, Uncategorized

Did you know that when carrying a phone in your pocket, you’re also carrying a piece of gorilla habitat? Cell phones contain an ore in them called coltan, which is mined in endangered gorilla habitat in Africa.

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10 Things I Would Do Differently For My Appalachian Trail Thru Hike

December 11, 2018 / Bryan Wolf / AT Journal, Backpacking Prep

I’m so happy with how my trip turned out and I wouldn’t do most things differently because what I did worked for me. Hopefully though, with my guide, someone who is thinking about thru hiking the Appalachian Trail will consider heeding my advice and learning from some of the mistakes I made along the way.

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