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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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Finding the Best Kayak Rack

February 23, 2022 / Ben Shaw / Gear Guide, Watersports

As the weather warms up, many of you are either getting back out on the water or contemplating your first boat. Inevitably, part of the buying process is considering how you’ll transport that boat from home to water. Finding the best kayak rack can be challenging, so I’ll break down some of the differences in […]

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Six Steps to Buying your First Kayak

February 16, 2022 / Bryan Wolf / Gear Guide, Watersports

A simplified look at buying a kayak and getting the most for your money. RRT is your go to resource for getting on the water.

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Backcountry permits are required for camping in many national parks.

A Reason for Regulation: The Science Behind Backcountry Permits

February 7, 2022 / Will Babb / Backpacking, Climbing, Outdoor Education, Watersports

The outdoors is regrettably full of barriers to entry: far-away destinations, expensive equipment, learning barriers, and, frustratingly, permits. We’ve all run into the permit barrier, forced to waylay plans as we become tangled in red tape. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases, so too does the impact on the forests, waterways, and peaks we […]

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8 Tips for Beginner Climbers

February 1, 2022 / Sean Masterson / Climbing, Outdoor Education

With the addition of rock climbing to the Olympic Games, the sport has exploded in popularity. Here are 8 tips for beginner climbers as you discover the possibilities of the sport. 1. Go to your local climbing gym If you live in Cincinnati, you have tons of climbing gyms nearby. The area’s great gyms include […]

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Tips and Tricks for Thru Hike Resupplies

January 25, 2022 / Ben Shaw / Backpacking, Thru-Hiking

As many of you know, fellow RRT staffer Will Babb and I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2021.  A year ago, I was buying food, gathering supplies, and packing boxes.  I spent years planning my resupply strategy because I obsess over these things, and ultimately only partially stuck to it. I’ll break down what […]

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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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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, Outdoor Education

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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