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The trails that make up the National Trails System, including these moderately long walks, provide ample thru-hike opportunities for adventurers.

5 Short Long Trails: Lesser-Known Thru-Hikes for the Everyday Adventurer

April 10, 2022 / Ben Shaw / Backpacking, Thru-Hiking

The long trails of America catch our imaginations: the Appalachian Trail with its steep rolling mountains, the Pacific Crest Trail with its alpine beauty, and the Continental Divide Trail’s rugged wilderness. These trails span thousands of miles and multiple states, as do most of the other routes in America’s National Trail System. They are serious undertakings that require money, equipment, and most of all, time. What if you’re short on one or even all of these? These are five lesser-known thru-hikes in the US, all one hundred miles or more, that can get you the taste of a long trail without 4-5 months of walking.

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Marble Mountain Wilderness in Northern California

Thoughts on Wilderness: Protecting a Sanctuary

April 6, 2022 / Will Babb / Outdoor Education

Wilderness, the word itself is music. Edward Abbey states more eloquently than I our feelings about wilderness, a sanctuary that beckons me relentlessly. But what is wilderness? 

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Staff Gear Favorites: Part 2

March 31, 2022 / Will Babb / Gear Guide, RRT Outdoor Adventures

Your favorite piece of gear can be like a good friend. You might only see it a few times each year, but it can feel like no time has passed. RRT’s staff has many gear favorites; here are some pieces in particular that have won our affection year after year.

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Because it’s There: Finding Purpose for Adventure

March 23, 2022 / Will Babb / Backpacking, RRT Outdoor Adventures

When asked why he desired to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, legendary mountaineer George Mallory allegedly replied, “Because it’s there.” Does one need any more reason than that? Of course, we all know how Mallory’s story ends- he disappeared on his summit attempt and his remains weren’t discovered until half a century later. It is still hotly debated whether or not Mallory reached the summit of Everest on that expedition, but most adventurers will agree Mallory’s three simple words were a strangely elegant, sufficient answer: because it’s there.

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Smoke from wildfires hampered the Tahoe Rim Trail thru-hike attempt.

Through Fire and Flame: Attempting a Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-Hike

March 18, 2022 / Dalton Spurlin / Backpacking, RRT Outdoor Adventures, Thru-Hiking

Since mid-way through college, it’s been a goal of mine to complete a thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT); Emma has also had this goal. In August of 2021 we set out to attempt our mutual goal. 

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College outdoor clubs can introduce students to landscapes such as the Wind River Range.

College Outdoor Clubs: A Necessary Resource

March 11, 2022 / Joe Carver / Community Involvement, RRT Outdoor Adventures

Image you’re a parent and your kid has just come home from college. They joined a club with a crazy group of dirtbags and now spend every weekend outside getting sunburnt, climbing, backpacking, and caving. Your first thought might be, “Oh lord, they’re gonna drop out and live in a van down by the river.” I want you to know it does not always end up that way. However, you probably will have to work with them on showering more often. Whether you are the worried parent or the adventure-driven kid, college outdoor clubs are important and can be life changing.

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Staff Gear Favorites: Part 1

March 2, 2022 / Bryan Wolf / Gear Guide, RRT Outdoor Adventures

Your favorite piece of gear can be like a good friend. You might only see it a few times each year, but it can feel like no time has passed. RRT’s staff has many gear favorites; here are some pieces in particular that have won our affection year after year. 

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Finding the Best Kayak Rack

February 23, 2022 / Ben Shaw / Gear Guide, Watersports

As the weather warms up, many of you are either getting back out on the water or contemplating your first boat. Inevitably, part of the buying process is considering how you’ll transport that boat from home to water. Finding the best kayak rack can be challenging, so I’ll break down some of the differences in […]

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Six Steps to Buying your First Kayak

February 16, 2022 / Bryan Wolf / Gear Guide, Watersports

A simplified look at buying a kayak and getting the most for your money. RRT is your go to resource for getting on the water.

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Backcountry permits are required for camping in many national parks.

A Reason for Regulation: The Science Behind Backcountry Permits

February 7, 2022 / Will Babb / Backpacking, Climbing, Outdoor Education, Watersports

The outdoors is regrettably full of barriers to entry: far-away destinations, expensive equipment, learning barriers, and, frustratingly, permits. We’ve all run into the permit barrier, forced to waylay plans as we become tangled in red tape. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases, so too does the impact on the forests, waterways, and peaks we […]

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