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What I Learned on the Appalachian Trail

In the spring of 2021, in the middle of a pandemic that had driven me and the rest of the world half crazy, I found myself in Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia ready to walk north with over 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) ahead of me. For the second time in my life, I planned to walk across the United States carrying everything I needed to brace the elements and sleep in the great outdoors on my back.

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Trip Report: Vol Bivouac Paragliding

Vol Biv originates from two French words for Fly and Camp, while on its surface this concept is straightforward and elegant in its simplicity, there is a significant amount of effort, persistence, training, and dialing gear that is required for all of the stars to align on this kind of trip. Paragliding is a fairly fringe sport in the United States, but in the last 5-10 years its popularity is literally soaring. Inspired by professional athletes competing in hike and fly races the gear has been trending in the Ultralight direction.

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Trip Report: Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

After two years of COVID restrictions, I made the decision to get back out in nature and experience the world again. After a year of preparation, I flew into Cancun, Mexico for the start of a 6 month adventure of traveling to see and experience the biodiversity of another country. I was able to condense my life into a single carry-on and personal item and I’ve never been happier. At the time that I’m writing this, I have been backpacking through the country of Mexico for the last 3 months. This trip report is of my experience visiting the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.  

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Make Your Adventure a Fundraiser For a Charity
Outdoor adventures provide a unique opportunity to raise money for a charity. You have decided to embark on an adventure already so why not help others too. It’s fairly easy to contact your favorite charity and let them know what you're doing and the intention to raise money for them. SMD Ambassador Hawkeye Johnson talks about ways you can make your next adventure a fundraiser for charity.
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