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Mandy Huskey (Gunflint Lodge), Joe DeMuzio, and REI Foundation: Volunteer Spotlight

  2020 Trail Blazer Awards Mandy Huskey, Gunflint Lodge. The Gunflint Lodge is the quintessential, historic Northwoods resort facility on Gunflint Lake that goes back to 1927. They offer the public a variety of lodging opportunities, a fabulous restaurant, and a full service Boundary Waters outfitter operation in far northern Minnesota. Owners John and Mindy Frederickson’s […]

Rachel Brag: NCT Long Distance Hiker

  Rachel Brag Kindred, ND Central patch + North Dakota rocker Compiled by Joan Young My record of my days in North Dakota: Started May 4, 2019. Finished June 6, 2020. Fastest hike: 12 miles in three hours (Mile 227.9 to 239.9). Longest day: September 26, 2019. 50K in a day. 31.2 miles with a […]

Brian Tanzman: NCT Long Distance Hiker

  Brian Tanzman The Villages, FL End-to-End Hiker #19 Compiled by Joan Young Day 156, Mile 2,863 for 2020: I finally finished the entire NCT! This year [2020] I hiked from North Dakota to Piqua, OH and I completed the eastern 2,000 miles to Piqua in 2018. I’m not really sure how to sum up […]