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  • Why Hiking With Your Spouse Can Strengthen Your Relationship

    As to us adventure geeks, we tend to be always excited in venturing forth to the outdoors. Even in those tough moments of life when things aren’t going the way we want them to. One thing I can be sure of, that there will always be a special place in our hearts when traveling with our loved one. When I say loved one it is but your partner, your best friend and life time hang out buddy. But, as life goes on, our daily schedules are constantly being loaded with things that sometimes get in the way. These things kind of make our relationship stale and stagnant. According to some, the main reasons couples drift apart are stress and anxiety at work. How do we make some exciting turn of events for our relationship? Simple, Hiking! Therefore, it is so important to pause work and change your environment to fresh forest air and wild landscapes. 

  • How To Properly Pick And Use Trekking Poles

     Are trekking poles really beneficial? Do they help? I don’t like them because they’ll only get in my way.

     These questions basically described my first impression about trekking poles in a nutshell. Believe me, there were times that I only saw them as a “liability”, not much of a help gear, and might even get in your way of enjoying your hike in general. Until now.

     

     

     

     

  • How To Go Camping With A Baby

    As a parent, there is nothing more fulfilling than to see your child being involved and loving the same passion that you have. As for us, the ones that love the awesomeness of the great outdoors, having your child be involved as early as they are is a dream and a prospect that many parents are starting to look forward to. Start ‘em young they say. 

    It may seem to be exciting for the most part, but the prospect of camping with a baby can be a bit daunting even to some experienced campers. Well, do not worry, here are some valuable tips that can help you go on with your baby at camp and still have that good quality time you expect with the outdoors

  • Are You A Lightweight Or An Ultralight Backpacker, And What's The Difference?

     

    Either taking a full week camp or just a short 3-day backpacking trip, planning for the weight you will carry is essential and a must! Other people take this for granted but believe me, how heavy your pack ends up will greatly affect your body’s performance throughout your trail and how much fun you’re going to have. 

    Are you the lightweight type or an ultralight backpacker? We will explore the advantages and benefits of these two and what are their differences from traditional backpacking. 

  • How To Sleep Better During Your Backcountry Getaway

     

    Well, let’s start by saying that sleep is very important. When I say important, it is crucial for cell repair. It is when these moments that are our microscopic buddies come to work. They enable the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Adding up, sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. 

    These are just a handful of benefits of sleep over its wide range of positive effects that we can have. But what if you are that one person who can’t seem to find a way to snooze and sleep throughout the night? Buckle up. Here are some tips on how to beat backcountry insomnia and sleep your tiring outdoor adventure off.

  • Swollen Fingers. Why and How To Fix Them During Hiking.

    Are you the one whose fingers swell during excessive activities?  If they do, you're not alone. This can be the most annoying thing while hiking! Some hikers complain that their fingers swell after walking on steep or rocky trails. I remember the first time my fingers swelled while hiking. It was around mile 4 and I could already feel my fingers getting chubbier than a beach ball.

    To be honest, there is no known cure yet for this situation. Swollen fingers are our body's response to external physical stressors, but sometimes, having swollen digits are a pain in the head. For this reason, it hinders us from enjoying our time within the outdoors. Why it occurs and how we could fix it is what we are about to explore right now. 

  • How To Survive And What To Do When You Get Lost In Hiking

    It is hard to plan if you get  lost while hiking. It is confusing and terrifying, particularly if you are somewhere unfamiliar and don't know where to begin looking. If you find yourself lost in hiking, it is helpful to keep your wits about you and take advantage of these tips to ensure that you remain safe while getting back home.
  • A Backpacking Guide To Winter

     

    With a bit of planning and special camping gear, backpacking trips are possible all year long. In this guide, we cover what you need to know to plan, prepare for and enjoy your day-time or overnight winter escape. You can take an amazing trip, create memories that will last forever, and not have to freeze your butt off at the same time.

    There are a lot of people that believe that you need to be an expert with backpacking in order to backpack in winter. As long as you are prepared, the elements are actually your best friend. Here are some of our tips. Winter is a great time for backpacking! 

  • 7 Best Gifts For Backpackers

    Which is more fun: Giving or getting presents? It's a tough call, but when it comes to gifts for backpackers, the answer is easy. That's because, unlike most people, backpackers tend to be gearheads by nature. They love new toys, no matter how impractical they might seem. This season of giving, let us show love to our family and friends that share the same passion for the outdoors. We handpicked these gears to provide superb quality products that will surely bring excitement and joy to our fellow backpackers. 

  • 5 Important Tips To Rule Your Outdoor Adventure

    After a tiring day at work, you sat down beside the window and looked outside. You saw the clouds, the mountains and the brushing trees as the sun slowly fades away to the horizon. Nature has never been this awesome, you thought to yourself- I want to go hiking! But wait! You can't go outside without us having a few words of advice. Well, take it from the experts, I suppose. Here are 5 valuable tips for ruling your outdoor adventure.

  • Let's Start Training!

    (Credit: Chun Kit To via Flickr)

    You go to a gym, workout classes, or even get a personal trainer to help get you to reach your fitness goals. Have you thought about training for a backpacking trip? People don’t often think that there is a lot to it, however they gotta stop and think. You’re going to be experiencing inclines/declines, altitude changes, terrain changes, on top of carrying a full backpack. So, how do people train for a trip?

  • Help! I'm sick in the Backcountry!

    (Credit: sergejf via Flickr)

    It’s a beautiful morning, the sun is starting to rise, birds flying in the air. But all of a sudden, you get out of your sleeping bag and realize your nose is congested and you let out some coughs. It is much more different getting sick while you are out on your trip than when you are at home. However, if you educate yourself about symptoms and possible remedies, you may be able to continue your trip!