Best Gloves for Winter Hiking

Best Gloves for Winter Hiking

Gloves can be a tricky topic. Because of changes in weather, activity level, variance in the tasks we need to accomplish, personal preference and even personal health issues (like Raynaud’s disease) there is no one glove that simply checks all the boxes. As a two foot traveller, you may spend all day, or even multiple days, out in the winter weather. As is the case with all your extremities, your hands can be quite vulnerable to the cold, and it…

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Get a Grip – Best Microspikes for Hiking

Get a Grip – Best Microspikes for Hiking

Don’t let ice, talus, scree, or mud stop you! Built to provide traction on slippery surfaces, microspikes can help you get a grip and keep on trekking. When you think of outdoor winter travel, your mind will possibly jump immediately to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. But in popular recreation areas or areas with significant frequent temperature changes, you may run into the problem of icy terrain. If you’re hoping to successfully traverse these icy trails, you would do well to…

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Snow Hiking Equipment – What to Bring on Your Winter Adventure

Snow Hiking Equipment – What to Bring on Your Winter Adventure

So you’ve decided you want to go snow hiking. You want to experience the wonder of the natural world in winter. As with any extreme environmental situation, it is very important to be prepared for the conditions that you will face. In this post we are going to discuss the snow hiking equipment you should have on hand when you’re out there adventuring this winter. This post will focus on winter day trips. If you are planning on heading out…

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Best Winter Hiking Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy This Season

Best Winter Hiking Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy This Season

Socks are interesting. You hated receiving them for a Christmas gift as a child, but since you’ve gotten older, they’re all you ask for. Maybe that isn’t true for everyone but it certainly has been my experience. But socks are not one size fits all, not in size or activity. We need different socks for different purposes. In this article, we’re going to focus on the best winter hiking socks to keep your feet healthy and happy. Socks are even…

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5 Reasons Snow Hiking Can Change Your Life

5 Reasons Snow Hiking Can Change Your Life

Do you remember, when you were a kid, going out into your backyard after a newly fallen snow? Everything was white and soft and quiet. The air shimmered with floating crystals, and it felt like your yard, and the entire world was one and the same. The crisp air carried a spark into your lungs with each breath you took in. Anything was possible. Whether you remember this experience from times gone by or its something you’ve never had and…

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Best Insulated Water Bottles – Keep It Cold, Hot or Anyway You Want

Best Insulated Water Bottles – Keep It Cold, Hot or Anyway You Want

If you’re a regular hiker or backpacker and you’re still using a disposable plastic water bottle, It’s time to get serious. It’s time to quit buying water from Wal-Mart. So listen up, and get ready to hear about the best-insulated water bottles on the market. Why would I want an insulated water bottle? If you’ve found this article, chances are you already know the answer to this question. So go ahead and skip this section if you’d like. But if…

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How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip – The Abc’s of Healthy, Happy Packing

How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip – The Abc’s of Healthy, Happy Packing

In a previous post, I gave you a 3 day backpacking checklist. So you already know what to pack. But knowing how to pack for a backpacking trip is just as important. Believe it or not exactly how you stuff things into your pack can make or break your backpacking trips. The way you pack can impact your health, happiness, and safety. So it’s important to know how to do it correctly. Yes, there are right and wrong ways to…

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3 Day Backpacking Checklist – Don’t Forget the Important Stuff

3 Day Backpacking Checklist – Don’t Forget the Important Stuff

Packing for a backpacking trip can be difficult. It’s always a struggle to try to remember everything that you need and if you’re like me, you’re usually left with the worry that you might have forgotten something. I’ve even made it out to the trailhead and discovered that I’m missing something important, like my sunglasses. I have sensitive eyes so sunglasses are very important to me! But not to worry! I wrote up this quick 3 day backpacking checklist so…

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Why Are Flash Floods so Dangerous?

Why Are Flash Floods so Dangerous?

The Southwest of the United States experiences a unique season called the monsoon season. Monsoons are usually associated with the tropics as cool ocean air rises when it hits the warmer currents over land. This forms clouds that can drop heavy rains for a long time. The US states of Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Utah and Colorado get the periphery of the Mexico monsoons. And when heavy rains fall suddenly on dry desert ground flash flooding often occurs….

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The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking – Expert Endorsements

The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking – Expert Endorsements

In a companion post to this one, we took a look at the most frequently recommended sleeping bags by real, everyday backpackers. Now let’s take a look at the best sleeping bags for backpacking that have been tried, tested and recommended by experts. Jump to the comparison table Before we jump into it, I want to make it clear that these are not your only options for sleeping bags. Backpacking can be done with much cheaper, albeit heavier and bulkier sleeping…

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