Author Archives: Ralph S.

Hiking vs Trekking: What’s the Difference?

hiking vs trekking

Many people use the terms hiking and trekking interchangeably. But do they really mean the same thing? Hiking and trekking both involve traveling on foot in the outdoors, often in a lovely natural environment with beautiful views. While they may seem quite similar, several characteristics distinguish hiking vs. trekking. Key differences between these activities include […]

The Benefits of Hiking – What Hiking Can Do for You

hikers enjoying benefits of hiking

There is a lot more to hiking than just having some fun. It’s common knowledge that constant inactivity can lead to many health issues. It might be surprising, but there are many benefits of hiking, not all which are obvious and it can even reduce the risk of issues including cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, obesity and […]

25 Most Popular US National Parks

Most Popular US National Parks

The United States is home to incredible natural wonders and many protected wilderness areas. As of September 2020, there are a total of 421 units in the US National Park System. These sites are spread across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories and include national parks, seashores, recreation areas, monuments, battlefields, […]

25 Hiking Hacks Every Hiker Should Know

hiking hack

Many people hike to relax, enjoy nature, and escape the stresses of daily life. But numerous things can go wrong when hiking, from getting lost to developing painful blisters to losing your keys. Having a few hiking hacks up your sleeve can help prepare you for the unexpected and make your hike more enjoyable in […]

Hiking With Dogs: Guide to Hiking & Backpacking with Your Best Friend

hiking with dogs

Hiking is a great way of getting closer to nature and being physically active. Although dogs can be great hiking buddies, they need more care than usual on the trail. There are a number of reasons that can make hiking with dogs a rewarding experience, but you also need to consider the extra responsibilities that […]

25 of the Best Hikes in the World to Add to Your Bucket List

Machu Picchu one of the best hikes in the world

If you’re having trouble deciding where to go on your next hiking adventure, we’ve made your life a little easier by putting together a list with 25 of the best hikes in the world. Everyone has different priorities when choosing a hiking destination. Some people may be searching for a difficult, multi-day trek high up […]

Trail Etiquette: Basic Rules Every Hiker Should Know

hikers following trail etiquette

Every game has its own rules and unwritten conventions and hiking and backpacking is no exception. There are things that we learn through experience and observation and not through training and exams. Trail etiquette is one of them and for the most part, guided by unwritten rules. These rules and conventions are generally accepted and […]

The Cost of Thru-hiking

dollar notes symbolizing the cost of thru-hiking

Thru-hiking is a life-changing experience and an incredible accomplishment that hikers worldwide aspire to, but many wonder how to afford it. In this post, we’ll break down the cost of thru-hiking and explain how much hikers spend on some of the most iconic long-distance trails. We’ll also share common ways people afford to thru-hike and […]

Merino Wool: History, Benefits, Facts and Uses

three sheep grazing on grass

What is Merino Wool? Merino Wool is the wool extracted from the breeds of sheep called Merino. It is famous the world over for its unique and natural properties. What differentiates it from other types of wool are its finer, softer and luxuries fibers.  Softness, breathability and shine are some other characteristics of Merino wool […]

Common Hiking Sock Questions Answered

hiking sock questions

Before planning a long hike, there are hundreds of questions most backpackers need to answer. For instance, one would like to know what the best backpacking food ideas are and how to prevent and treat blisters during hiking. All these questions need the correct answer to create a great hiking experience. Here are some of the […]