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The outdoors, for many, is a place to get away from the stress of the workplace and responsibilities of a household. For others, it’s an opportunity for adventure. For ‘Ponytail’ Paul Stiffler, the Appalachian Trail and those that seek out solace or adventure have become a source of self-discovery and betterment. Paul helps thru-hikers on their journey across the 2,186-mile trail and the experience gives him a sense of purpose and self-fulfillment.

Paul’s story is one of a three-part series of short films featuring like-minded people connected to three iconic trails: Appalachian Trail, Arizona Trail, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. To learn more about how Every Trail Connects at www.rei.com/trails

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