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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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
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