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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Aug 30, 2018

I met Will Ransom at Trail Day in 2017 and was impressed by the bond that he shared with his dog, Rhetta. I'd hoped to interview him for the show but lost his details, only to find them recently when I moved home. Will was a fascinating guy to talk with as he had strong views on how to care for your dog when on a trail.

He had told me at Trail Days that he intended to summit Katahdin with Rhetta, but experience, other people, and his good nature prevailed. So, Will had to flip up to Katahdin where he summited alone. 

However, Will wasn't to be denied finishing the Appalachian Trail with Rhetta. They finished, together, at Bennington Vermont.

If you've ever thought about taking your dog with you on a long-distance hike listen and learn from Will's experiences.

Our three guests from the Outdoor Retailer's Summer Market are:

Aaron Kirkham of Renovo Water, with the MUV water filter. You can read much more about this remarkably versatile product at or contact Aaron at

Lara Brecht showed me the Espro Ultralight Travel Press, which not only makes great coffee but keeps it great, and hot for hours. The results were really impressive. You can read more about the Ultralight at and contact Lara at

Cade Rees of Klymit showed me my new favorite set up, with the Sky Bivy. I've added a few pics to show you what it looked like. You can read about it yourself at or contact Cade at


Greg Seymour (Sunsets) made a welcome return to the show with two things he would do differently in If I Did It Again.

We hope that you take the opportunity to support our sponsor, Trailtopia, when you consider your next backpacking trip. Go to to check out their wide variety of meals.

Obviously, we couldn't finish without another picture of Rhetta (and Will).