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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

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How To Hike In The Winter

Written on February 8th 2019.

By Aaron Karns

Cold weather can be a huge deterrent to taking a hike in the winter months. This should not be the case, however. Winter offers some of the most spectacular and jaw dropping views that cannot be seen when it is sunny and 75°. When it is cold, however, different precautions are requ… read more

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Roaming With Rover

Written on December 18th 2018.

By: Jennifer Dawson

Those of us who love the outdoors likely also have a pooch or two that love the outdoors as well, but often taking your dog with you on a trip - especially one that includes, hiking, camping, and boating-- can seem daunting. It’s no surprise that 39% of campers report neve… read more

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