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Exploring the Krummholz

January 13, 2022 / Will Babb / RRT 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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Twelve Books Every Outdoor Adventurer Should Read This Year

December 31, 2021 / Will Babb / Book/Movie Reviews

From tales to inspire your next adventure to unimaginable feats and struggles in the high peaks to defenders of the places we seek, here are twelve books that can’t be overlooked if you spend your time off away from it all. Whether you read one per month or tear through this list before Old Man […]

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A Brief Discussion on Wilderness Medicine

August 8, 2021 / Brandon Behymer / Backpacking Prep

In a wilderness setting definitive care is over an hour away, anyone with thumbs can provide some level of care, and you may be your sole provider. Chances are that there will be limited resources and an extended amount of time to endure on your way to the trailhead, ambulance, or emergency department depending on the severity of the illness or injury.

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March 24, 2021 / Ben Shaw / Backpacking Prep, PCT Journal

When you’re first starting to plan a long trip there’s this big empty slate and you have figure out how you’re going to fill it.  Sometimes you start filling it with how you’re going to explore a place, or how you’re going to cram as much as possible into the time you have and other times it’s how you’re going to accomplish a task that seems impossible (like walking 2,600 miles).  Thankfully, when you set out to do a thru-hike you at least have a pre-determined route and the general direction of where you’re going.  The next step is deciding how far you want to take your planning and that’s where things start to get messy and sometimes confusing.

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Steeper, Higher, Farther: A Never-Ending Pursuit

February 16, 2021 / Will Babb / Backpacking Prep, RRT 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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Down vs. Synthetic Outerwear

January 7, 2021 / Will Babb / Backpacking Prep, Gear Reviews

Comparing down versus synthetic insulation in outdoor outerwear

If you ever want to waste an hour of your time, ask a gear junkie about the difference between down and synthetic, sit back, and listen to a monologue about the pros and cons of each. If that doesn’t sound like the best use of your time, spend a few minutes reading the rest of this blog for a brief overview of anything you might need to know. I’ll start off by defining a few things, dispelling a few myths, and sharing some key pieces of information.

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Trail Beans: The Best Ways to get Caffeinated in the Backcountry

December 14, 2020 / Brandon Behymer / Backpacking Prep, Gear Reviews

Forward: Brandon, in his other life was a barista at Milford’s Main Cup. Learning the ways of the bean led to his deeper understating of caffeination. Combining his experiences in the backcountry with his passion for coffee has led to his unofficial title of backcountry barista extraordinaire. While we celebrate Brandon’s knowledge of tiny brown split beans we also recognize it for what it is, an addiction. We all pray for Brandon that his strength may overcome his weakness. Here is Brandon’s blog.

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Packrafting on the Red River

July 10, 2020 / Ben Shaw / RRT Adventures

I don’t typically write about my weekend trips, especially not to Red River Gorge, but this one has a special place in my heart. It’s my first time going on a packrafting trip since Alaska.

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