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January Reflections and Resolutions

By Sarah Matzke

Head Guide Sarah Matzke reflects on her sixth season of guiding, from what the wilderness means to her to gaining lessons from clientele.

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Asheville's Best Hikes are Still Accessible When the Blue Ridge Parkway is Closed

By Caitlynne Cash

It can be hard to get outside in the cold winter months - especially if your go-to hike is unaccessible due to Blue Ridge Parkway closures!

 

Here are three of Asheville's most popular hikes via their least popular routes, making your favorite hikes accessible even when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed.

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Spreading the Love for SAHC

By Jennifer

This month our guide John Haffner's other employer is having a fundraising month to support Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC).  

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Hiking In All Seaons

By Christine Martens

Experience nature in all four seasons!

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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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