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A Shelter on the Appalachian Trail

My Idea to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

May 30, 2022 / Dalton Spurlin / Appalachian Trail, RRT Outdoor Adventures

The idea to establish the Appalachian Trail was formulated in 1921. My idea to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail was in 2018, a brief 97 years later. 

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Staff Gear Favorites: Part 3

May 2, 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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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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Exploring the Krummholz

January 13, 2022 / Will Babb / Outdoor Education, RRT Outdoor Adventures

The alpine zone is a magical place. The region above the treeline, whether by latitude or altitude, is a delicate dance of life spurred by abundant sunshine and haunted by howling winds. Known as the krummholz zone, the alpine is its own ecosystem, clawing and fighting for a firm hold of survival. It’s impossible not […]

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Redemption on the Black Mountain Crest Trail

January 7, 2022 / Dalton Spurlin / Backpacking, RRT Outdoor Adventures

My first attempt on the Black Mountain Crest Trail did not end successfully but as a slow trudge with a heavy heart.

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Steeper, Higher, Farther: A Never-Ending Pursuit

February 16, 2021 / Will Babb / Backpacking, RRT Outdoor Adventures

There is always a desire to push further. To climb higher, explore the unexplored, see grander views and find your limits. This desire took a strong hold and revealed itself on a cool, foggy morning in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. A remote land of stunning beauty; how could you not explore it?

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