Train and Explore With Me

Hi! My name is Rich Carlson -- adventure travel addict and technical rescue, rigging and rappelling instructor. Since 1990 I have trained thousands of adventurers, professional guides and rescue teams across the Americas and around the world. Now you can follow my blog and join me as I share the adventure through entertaining stories and beautiful images, plus technical advice, gear reviews and minimalist travel tips.

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The Latest from Rich's Blog

Thierry Achmetoff
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I only met Thierry in person once. He attended a rendezvous in Arizona with his girlfriend, Enrica and my friend, Koen. He didn’t speak any English and I didn’t speak any French, but... Read More

Fun with Friction
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When you have a cool toy like the Rock Exotica Enforcer load cell, you just gotta find some fun ways to play with it. How about measuring how load on an anchor changes... Read More

My Doppelganger?
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Several years ago I was training canyon guides in Costa Rica. During one of several canyon descents I met a travel writer who was working on a story. Early in the day he... Read More

Conversations, Part Three
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Random bits and pieces of conversations with people I’ve met along the way. Just Need Someone to Talk To Hitchhiking is not as easy as it was 40 years ago, but there are... Read More

The Route
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Back home now and already thinking about where to go next. I enjoyed my walkabout so much and met so many wonderful people that I wouldn’t mind going back to the south, but... Read More

Conversations, Part Two
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Random bits and pieces of conversations with people I’ve met along the way. PR Police Macon, Georgia. I was taking a photo when I heard a voice ask if I was an Allman... Read More