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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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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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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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Dehydrated Food Reviews

November 19, 2018 / Ben Shaw / Backpacking Prep, Uncategorized

On a recent trip to the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota I tried a slew of different dehydrated meals and brands trying to break down which I thought were best and why.  We can all agree to disagree but here are my thoughts and rankings on the following brands and meals:

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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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