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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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June is the month for trails

By Jennifer

This June we will celebrate National Trails Day and Great Outdoors Month. But, the danger of celebrating a day dedicated to trails and a month marked for outdoor enjoyment is that some might see the commemoration as a was to consolidate wilderness activities into a single …

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Bartram Trail Recap: I don't tweet on trail, but if I did...

By Jennifer

I like to unplug when I go outdoors, but I also like to take notes to remember what happened. I turned my recent Bartram Trail notes into a set of mock tweets to recap the section between the Nantahala River and Wayah Bald. Enjoy

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How to plan for a long distance hike

By brhcguide

Everyone plans for a long distance hike a bit differently, and there’s certainly no right or wrong way to go about pre-hike planning.  Some people obsess over gear, some try to get into shape, others spend all their energy on their mail drops and meal planning, and yet others spend …

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Hiker Steps towards Conservation

By Jennifer

The word “Conservationist” seems like such a weighty term that I used to think you had to dedicate your life to land management or donate your entire personal worth to be a considered a ‘real’ conservationist. Over time, however, I observed that small steps taken by everyday folks can add …

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Trail Karma

By Jennifer

A common saying among hikers is that “the trail gives you what you need.” Wouldn’t it be great if, in return, we could all give the trail what it needs?!

Recently, some of my good friends over at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy let me in on a new trail initiative …

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