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. On The Trek you can read about my experience on the AT in 2018.

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I Quit in Maine… and I Was NOBO

I Quit in Maine… and I Was NOBO

Although I hiked from Georgia to Maine, I never made it to Mount Katahdin. I left the trail. I quit. Leaving New Hampshire I walked out of Gorham,

Aug 16, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Ups and Downs Over New Hampshire and the White Mountains

Ups and Downs Over New Hampshire and the White Mountains

New Hampshire is a proving ground for thru hikers. It felt like every mile up to this point was preparation for the brutality to come. It was

Aug 5, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Vermont Is a Little Piece of Paradise

Vermont Is a Little Piece of Paradise

I didn't Beaver pond. Aside from the beaver ponds there are a number of pristine swimmable lakes. I passed by Stratton Pond but made a point to

Jul 23, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
New England and Thoughts of Quitting

New England and Thoughts of Quitting

New England has not been kind to me. I went through a process of trying to navigate layers of  frustrating conditions. There was the heat and

Jul 14, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Heat Waves and Heat Illness in Connecticut

Heat Waves and Heat Illness in Connecticut

I just got back on trail from my trip to wilderness first aid course. I ran through the ABCs and SAMPLE acronyms, trying to note any relevant

Jul 5, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
New Jersey, New York, Food, and City Life

New Jersey, New York, Food, and City Life

I finally reached Delaware Water Gap, the easternmost edge of Pennsylvania. I was mentally and physically spent and in need of a day off. Thank

Jun 29, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Highs and Lows Through Pennsylvania

Highs and Lows Through Pennsylvania

I charged headlong into Pennsylvania with a plan to meet Slinky, whom I met early in my trek. Slinky had hiked a long southern portion of the AT, and

Jun 20, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Passing the Many Midpoints Along the AT

Passing the Many Midpoints Along the AT

I left Shenandoah and cruised headlong into Harpers Ferry, the spiritual or psychological midpoint. This is a few days shy of the numerical midpoint,

Jun 9, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
Easy Trail, Waysides Stand Out in Shenandoah National Park

Easy Trail, Waysides Stand Out in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah occupies a special place in my heart. I went for an overnight circuit hike over Thanksgiving 2016 in preparation for what I thought was

May 31, 2018 : Ryne Tobar
A Side Trip off Trail Along the James River

A Side Trip off Trail Along the James River

Some folks will depart the trail to see nearby places such as Washington, D.C., or New York City. After crossing the James River I turned east and

May 23, 2018 : Ryne Tobar