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  • What Is Thru-Hiking?

    What aspects of a trek qualify it as a "thru-hike"? A journey from beginning to finish along a long-distance path, such as the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail, is known as a thru-hike. For example, the Pacific Crest Trail is over 2,600 miles long and goes from Mexico to Canada, while the Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and is over 2,100 miles long. These long trails are best described as thru hiking.

     

     

  • How To Choose Sun-Protective Clothing

    Taking in the gentle, comforting rays of the sun is one of the best parts about being outside in the fresh air. However, as is the case with the majority of life's pleasures, it is best enjoyed in moderation. Sunlight contains beams of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and being exposed to these rays may result in sunburn, accelerated skin aging, and even skin cancer.

    Hold your worries, we got you!  If you wear clothing that has been specifically designed for sun protection and has been tested to validate its Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) you will have a higher control at the overall amount of UV exposure you get.

     

     

     

  • What is the Responsible Down Standard and why you should find products that are using it

    Have you ever had one of those experiences with pillows that as soon as you place your head on it, your head immediately sinks in? Most likely, those pillows are made up and filled with down. Down is regarded for its insulating capabilities, durability and comfort. Not only are they used in pillows but also for stuff like puffy jackets, sleeping bags, comforters and many more are among the popular uses for down.

     

     

  • National Parks That Don't Need A Reservation To Go Backpacking

    The country's most popular national parks are now demanding reservations for the upcoming summer months. This isn't always a negative thing, since limiting the number of tourists means less strain on the park's animals and natural ecosystems, so it's not necessarily a bad idea to keep visitor numbers under control.

    That is why this summer, instead of rushing to make reservations, we believe that this summer is the perfect time to be creative and explore options other than the big-name theme park destinations. Many of the world's most popular national parks may be found only a short drive away and you'll discover and learn to appreciate the natural region that offers all of the jaw-dropping splendor of the outdoors’ most popular tourist destinations, but with fewer visitors. See which national parks will need reservations this summer and where you can go instead by reading on.

     

     

  • How To Predict The Weather In The Backcountry

    Predicting the weather on our backpacking trips can be daunting at first. Although we might find it difficult to do, it is very important to have first-hand knowledge of what to expect during our trips. With the right information and plan, you’d be surprised at how easy it is. Here are some of our techniques to data and interpret to predict the weather for our backpacking trips.

     

  • How To Prevent Chaffing While Hiking

    The "chub rub" season is returning. If you don't know what chafing is, it's a serious problem that may put the brakes on a backpacking trip if it gets out of hand.

    The term "chub rub" refers to chafing on the inner thighs, although it may occur in a variety of areas when hiking, particularly if you're carrying a lot of stuff. Any chafing, no matter how little, might put a stop to your journey if you allow it to linger on for too long.

  • How To Prevent Altitude Sickness During A Hike

    Altitude sickness is something that is common not only experienced by backpackers and hikers but also by people who travel most of the time. In other words, anyone who is traveling, climbing, trekking, or just hanging out at a high altitude or above sea level might experience altitude sickness.

     

  • How To Deal With Injury In The Backcountry

    We know and everyone knows that hiking is fun and exciting as it can be. With all these new activities and fun adventures that we can experience gives us happiness and something we really look forward to. Well, we hate to say it and cut off the happy vibes but, hiking also comes with great risk. Apart from the fact that you are heading into a place far off from your comfort zone, it is also an area mostly far from any medical facilities just in case you needed one. The outdoors is also the home for the wild which means, there are about no human rules that can apply to nature. The only rule is that, it is the survival of the fittest. The heat, the spiky contours of nature, insects and wild beasts, unknown terrains and many more are just some of the threats that are always present on our trail and sometimes, these factors are unavoidable.

  • Foam Vs Air Sleeping pads: Their differences

    Sleeping pads are one of the essentials and must have gears to bring with you when you plan to camp for a night or two on your trail. They offer a layer of protection so your body will not have direct contact with the ground as you lay down to sleep in your tent providing you comfort and warmth. But, choosing what type of sleeping pad to get, whether to go with an inflatable or closed-cell foam model, can be the most important and toughest decision you’ll have to make.

    There are a lot of things to consider when deciding which one to choose from, such as the conditions you plan to camp, but still, your personal preference to “which is which” is what really matters. Nevertheless we’ll try to give our insights to each of these two and their differences to help you narrow down your decision on what to choose for your next backpacking trip.

     

     

  • How To Remove Mildew From Your Gear

    It is clear that if left unchecked, mildew can wreak havoc on your camping and trekking gear. Apart from having this musty smell, mildew eats away the materials in your outdoor gears such as backpacks, tents and sleeping bags. This weakens the materials and increases the risk of having holes and tears in the gear, eventually destroying it in the process. Maintaining your outdoor gear to avoid them from rotting to these pesky mildew is a must that every backpacker must do. Trust me, maintenance and prevention is the best way to deal with this. 

    In order to avoid mildew from developing in your gear, hang it up after every trip to dry.  Remember that it is important to examine your gear very often so that you don't end up with an issue because mildew can still form in moist places like your garage or basement.

  • Women Who Made Wilderness History

    The 20th century conservation movement would not have been possible without the contributions of these female conservationists and the movement would not have been the same without them. As we give appreciation to the wonderful efforts of those behind the success of the wildlife conservation movements, here are 11 strong willed women that dedicated their lives in the name of nature! Great work gals!

     

     

  • California Against The Sea

    A TIME WHEN THE SEA WAS AT ITS MOST TAMABLE, THE CALIFORNIA COAST GREW AND PROSPERED. Indeed that was the golden age of Cali’s coast.

    Despite this, the vast Pacific Ocean was reaching the conclusion of a peaceful but uncommon cycle that had misled hopeful settlers into believing that summer would never end. No one realized this until it was too late.

    The beaches of North Carolina are fading like a time lapse with no end in Miami, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico. As devastating waves and rising seas ravaged other parts of the country, the West Coast was spared thanks to a rare combination of favorable winds and calmer water. Researchers have referred to the phenomenon as "sea level rise suppression."