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

December 11, 2018 / Bryan Wolf / Appalachian Trail, Local Explorers

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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Making Mad Ideas a Reality!

September 13, 2018 / Olivia Baer / Local Explorers

Now is the time to do things, write them down and dream beyond what you think is possible.

A never before… and probably never again walk up Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain in Historical Diving Equipment weighing over 176lbs. It began at minus 16 ft in Loch Linnhe and finished at the summit of Ben Nevis.

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Our Community

July 11, 2018 / Ben Shaw / Community Involvement, Local Explorers

If you would have asked me to describe the outdoors community a few years ago, I would have had no idea how to do that.  I probably would have guessed something along the lines of a rugged lumberjack or described a scene you might find on the front of a Mountain House Meal packet.  The truth is, it’s a much larger group than what most people think. 

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Reflection on a Thru-hike

October 10, 2017 / Will Babb / Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Local Explorers, RRT Outdoor 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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Thru-Hiking Options for the Rest of Us

January 9, 2017 / Bryan Wolf / Local Explorers, Thru-Hiking

By: Jim Rahtz Despite the growing popularity of long distance backpacking, it is still a very select group that has completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail or the Continental Divide Trail. The commitment required is immense. Not only does the hiker walk over 2,000 miles, they give up the comforts of […]

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Local Explorers: Tom and Sarah Swallow

January 4, 2017 / Brandon Behymer / Local Explorers

by: Brandon Behymer For most of us riding a bike is a fun, relaxing thing to do. A lot more people these days are choosing to commute by way of two wheels instead of four. Some others have discovered the freedom that their bikes provide to see the faraway places we all dream about. The […]

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Return of the SLOBO: Fear is the Mind Killer

August 15, 2016 / Craig Buckley / Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Local Explorers, RRT Outdoor 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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Return of the SLOBO: You are the Mountain

March 23, 2016 / Craig Buckley / Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Local Explorers, RRT Outdoor 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 / Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Local Explorers, RRT Outdoor 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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