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Momma Needs a Hike

By Jennifer

With so much seeming out of our control at the national and international levels, it is time to turn our attention to our neighbors and our own backyard and focus on what we can do at home. 

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the V-word (no, the other one)

By Jennifer

When I split a bottle of wine with my closest friends and start to discuss the V-word (no, the other one), it comes across as something akin to a Catholic confessional. All of a sudden, there’s a sense that we need to share our deepest sins and our shame to feel accepted, if not absolved. And yet, what I don’t hear discussed often enough is the ability to share our strengths and talents as a form of vulnerability.

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BRHC Shares the Love

By Jennifer

This month our guide John Haffner's other employer is having a fundraising month to support Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). As a part of the fundraising month all donations will be matched dollar for dollar! 

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Learning from Deaf Hikers

By brhcguide

A number of weeks ago I had a life changing experience.  I was excited and nervous for guiding a few days at the Dupont State Forest of Transylvania County, North Carolina.  I wasn’t nervous because of terrain or because the size of …

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CDT Section Hike Summer 2015

By Jennifer

The Continental Divide Trail is not easy to get to, but it is worth the effort.

This past August I flew to Colorado, met my hiking partner at the airport, and then we picked up a rental car and drove 6 hours toRock Springs, WY. …

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Hiking Hall Pass

By Jennifer

All marriages have “arrangements,” right?! Those small bargains that you make with your partner to stay sane and married.

Brew and I agreed when we became parents that as soon as I finished nursing we would allow each other two weeks a year to do WHATEVER. For Brew that means …

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Walking with Spring

By Jennifer

I recently finished the book, “Walking with Spring.” The book is a hiking memoir by Earl Shaffer, the first Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Shaffer recounts his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1948, a journey spurred by the hope that a long trail might be enough to …

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Foray into Foraging

By Jennifer

To say that I have always had an interest in plant identification would be a lie. I remember on my first thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, I grew quite annoyed with my friends when they pulled out their half-pound flower identification book and then put their noses to the ground …

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Business lessons from the trail

By Jennifer

Recently, I have been getting a lot of e-mails and questions about how to make a living or start a business in the Outdoor Industry. So I thought I’d write a post about my experience and nine lessons I’ve learned as the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company.

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Spending your first night in the woods: some basic advice

By brhcguide

It’s been a long time since I spent my first night in the woods, but I haven’t forgotten what it was like.  I must have been about 12 or 13 years old, and I was on my first overnight backpacking trip.  I had my mother’s old gigantic …

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