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Ben Applebaum-Bauch
Ben Applebaum-Bauch
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Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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Ben got his start in the outdoor industry as a guide for backpacking, cycling, and canoeing trips throughout northern New England and maritime Canada. He has led many groups through Maine’s 260 miles of the Appalachian Trail, including the Saddleback and Bigelow mountain ranges, as well as the 100-mile wilderness. He has paddled the Magalloway and Androscoggin rivers and Lake Umbagog, and has led cycling tours, logging thousands of miles through Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Nova Scotia on extended self-supported adventures.

His personal adventures include thru-hikes of the Long, Pacific Crest, Oregon Coast, and Colorado trails, as well as innumerable weekend trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Both his personal passion for and professional pursuits in the outdoors and have required countless hours of gear research and field use. He is endlessly grateful for his experiences in the natural world and considers them to be some of the most formative and transformative experiences of his life.

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