10 Tips for Staying Safe on Trail

Written on September 2nd 2019.

About the Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis is an author, speaker, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company. She has hiked over 14,000 miles – mostly alone - on six different continents.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked whether or not I feel safe… read more

Posted in Trail

Giver Her Silence 

Written on August 28th 2019.

Title: Giver Her Silence 

Words by: Brittany Parker

"Give her silence 
A rich and fragrant silence 
Because she needs time below the surface 
Where she can sit in wonder 
Of all that is wonderful about the natural world 
Where she can listen carefully 
To a birds song 
To the rustle of … read more

Finding your Spirit Trail

Written on May 20th 2019.

Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis


There are long distance trails all over the country – and the world. And, no two long distance trails are the same. So how do you pick the one that’s right for you?


All too often, hikers chose a long trail simply because it’s popular or because their frie… read more

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5 Ways To Prepare For A Thru-Hike

Written on March 15th 2019.

So you’ve got a thru-hike planned for this summer and you’re deep into planning. In the cold dark months of winter, hikers dream of alpine lakes and sunshine, but combing through the million pieces of information to get in place before you start your trip can feel daunting. Where do you even start t… read more

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Breaking Raft Guide Stereotypes

Written on February 25th 2019.

Author: Ashley Manning

When you think “whitewater raft guide” I know the kind of person you’re thinking of: Strong white male with an unkempt beard and wild eyes. Maybe he smells a little strange and he has an impossible tan. He carries himself as confidently as he carries his sticker-covered… read more

Posted in Astral Gear

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