Ryne Tobar

My name is Ryne, which is pronounced like the Rhine river... or like an orange peel. On trail they call me ‘Steamboat’. I grew up in Arizona, came of age in Chicago, learned the most about life in Florida and developed my passions in Washington State. In 2017, I hiked the northern half of the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm excited to share my experience of the eastern mountains on my 2018 NOBO Appalachian Trail thru attempt.

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Virginia’s Triple Crown

Virginia’s Triple Crown

Virginia’s Triple Crown consists of the Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs, three prominent rock formations in close proximity. I

May 15, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Changes in Central Virginia

Changes in Central Virginia

Entering Central Virginia I could begin to see why some hikers sink into the Virginia Blues. It can tend to be, well, blah. But luckily for me there

May 8, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Damascus and the Grayson Highlands

Damascus and the Grayson Highlands

AT hikers tend to believe that because the trail runs through town, combined with the annual gathering of Trail Days, Damascus has a particular

May 1, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Just Get Me Out of Tennessee

Just Get Me Out of Tennessee

I camped at Doll Flats at the edge of the Roan Highlands, looking across the meadow on the side of North Carolina. Two states down in a hike of 14. I

Apr 24, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Skirting the North Carolina and Tennessee Borders

Skirting the North Carolina and Tennessee Borders

I walked across Davenport Gap and out of the Smokies so I could both get away from the hiker-packed shelter and camp alone for a change. I found

Apr 18, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Shelter Frustration in the Smokies

Shelter Frustration in the Smokies

I went into the park with a hyped-up sense of anticipation and left with a love-hate relationship with the Smokies. What I Liked From the Spence

Apr 9, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Surviving Winter in North Carolina

Surviving Winter in North Carolina

It was raining as I entered North Carolina. The moment would have been jubilant had I not been wrapped in my poncho, slogging through the damp to

Apr 4, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Georgia, Tougher than Imagined

Georgia, Tougher than Imagined

You are not ready for Georgia. The AT in Georgia is a 79-mile sufferfest and falls in line with a tradition of embrace the suck. The temperature

Mar 25, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Picking up the Pieces, from PCT to AT

Picking up the Pieces, from PCT to AT

I hiked 1,300 miles of the PCT the previous summer with my then wife, only to have everything fall apart on a ridge in the Sierra outside Horseshoe

Mar 18, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
The Things I Carry, My 2018 AT Gear List

The Things I Carry, My 2018 AT Gear List

Everyone is different, has different needs, different goals, has different levels of pain and comfort, different styles and attitudes. Thus, there

Mar 12, 2018 : Ryne Tobar