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From Hiking to Scrambling: A Guide for Beginners

If you love hiking steep, exposed trails and are looking for another thrilling vertical pursuit, rock scrambling could be the perfect outdoor activity for you to try next. Part of the appeal of scrambling is that it doesn’t require any previous experience or technical knowledge to start. Anyone who is physically fit enough to hike… Continue reading From Hiking to Scrambling: A Guide for Beginners

The Best Hiking Apps and Tools for Hikers and Backpackers

From finding new trails and tracking your performance to navigating and staying safe, technology today helps hikers and backpackers with many different aspects of their planning, preparation, and time on the trail. But with so many hiking apps, websites, and tools to choose from, it can be challenging to figure out which ones will be… Continue reading The Best Hiking Apps and Tools for Hikers and Backpackers

Backpacking Hygiene: How to Stay Clean When Hiking and Camping on Trail

Practicing good backpacking hygiene is vital to protect you from bacterial infections, diseases, gastrointestinal issues, and problems like chafing and blisters. This article will cover general backpacking hygiene tips and best practices, including washing and bathing, what kind of clothing to wear and how often to change it, washing laundry and dishes, bathroom hygiene, and… Continue reading Backpacking Hygiene: How to Stay Clean When Hiking and Camping on Trail

Tips for Backpacking and Hiking in the Rain

All hikers and backpackers will likely experience hiking in the rain at some point. With good preparation and a positive attitude, hiking and backpacking in the rain can be memorable and even pleasant experiences. Hiking in the rain has various benefits, including less crowded trails, opportunities to see wildlife, and a unique ambiance. However, there… Continue reading Tips for Backpacking and Hiking in the Rain

Preparing for the Challenges of Mountain Hiking

Many hikers aspiring for a mountain adventure just don’t have any mountain where they can train and get accustomed to high altitude and other challenges associated with mountain hiking. Hiking at high elevations requires more than what’s needed to deal with a regular hike. This does not mean that hikers that don’t have access to… Continue reading Preparing for the Challenges of Mountain Hiking

Insect Protection: How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitos, Ticks and Leeches

This is a guest post about insect protection on the trail by Mike Nicosia a passionate hiker and outdoor enthusiast. He’s also the founder of the blog conquerwild.com, a site dedicated to all things camping, hiking and the outdoors. Insect Protection: Why it matters Hiking and backpacking are some of the most beneficial things that… Continue reading Insect Protection: How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitos, Ticks and Leeches

Wildlife Safety: Tips for Wild Animal Encounters on the Trail

Observing wildlife from a distance in its natural habitat is an exciting part of spending time outdoors. Seeing bison and elk roaming the plains or mountain goats scaling rocky peaks is one reason why many people decide to visit national parks and other natural areas. However, there are times when wildlife encounters are not so… Continue reading Wildlife Safety: Tips for Wild Animal Encounters on the Trail

How to Get Started with Trail Running

Over the last decade, trail running has exploded in popularity, with the number of organized trail races growing substantially in many areas around the world. If you’re interested in trying this exciting outdoor sport but aren’t quite sure where to begin, this is the article for you. Trail running is a perfect activity for anyone… Continue reading How to Get Started with Trail Running

Guide to Winter Hiking: Dangers, Preparation and Things to Consider

Many hikers overlook winter hiking in favor of other quick-fix activities or go into hibernation mode and binge-watch TV shows. That’s mainly because hiking in the winter isn’t just about adding some extra layers of clothing. It’s a challenge hikers have to prepare and gear up for. Most outdoor enthusiasts usually hang up their boots… Continue reading Guide to Winter Hiking: Dangers, Preparation and Things to Consider

Outdoor Navigation: How to Find Your Way in the Wilderness

If you spend a good amount of time in the wilderness, getting lost is always a risk.  Outdoor navigation skills can be a lifesaver. This is especially true if you go out alone. In most cases your hike, hunt, or camping trip will start out just fine. You are enjoying nature and decide to leave… Continue reading Outdoor Navigation: How to Find Your Way in the Wilderness

Common Backpacking Questions Answered

If you’ve never been backpacking before and are planning your first trip, it’s normal to have many questions about this exciting outdoor activity. You may be wondering how to get in shape for a backpacking trip, what kinds of equipment you’ll need, or how much distance you can expect to cover in a day. Learning… Continue reading Common Backpacking Questions Answered

Guide to Safe Night Hiking: Do’s and Don’ts of Hiking in the Dark

Night hiking turns known trails into mystery-filled landscapes and can be an experience that is likely to stay with hikers for a long time. Hiking in the dark is a different experience than day hiking, even on the tried-and-tested trails, so it also requires a different approach and safety precautions. Preparedness and some education can go… Continue reading Guide to Safe Night Hiking: Do’s and Don’ts of Hiking in the Dark

Hiking Exercises: How to Get in Shape for Hiking

Hiking is a full-body workout that requires strength, balance, and endurance. In order to enjoy your upcoming hiking trips and protect yourself from injury, you’ll want to build up strength in certain muscle groups and improve your cardio fitness with some hiking exercises prior to hitting the trail. Whether you’re preparing for some easy to… Continue reading Hiking Exercises: How to Get in Shape for Hiking

25 Hiking Hacks Every Hiker Should Know

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… Continue reading 25 Hiking Hacks Every Hiker Should Know

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

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

Essential Wilderness Survival Skills for Backpackers

Boy am I glad that we have hiking trails these days. I would go absolutely insane if I didn’t have a way to get out, enjoy nature, get some fresh air, and stay safe at the same time. However, some backpacking adventures can be far from safe. It may start out as a normal hike,… Continue reading Essential Wilderness Survival Skills for Backpackers

Trail Etiquette: Basic Rules Every Hiker Should Know

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… Continue reading Trail Etiquette: Basic Rules Every Hiker Should Know

The Basics of Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness first aid can be an overwhelming topic to discuss. There are first responders and other medical personnel that study for decades to learn first aid techniques in urban scenarios. So how do we even start to discuss first aid in the wild? There are all kinds of additional complications. I have had lots of… Continue reading The Basics of Wilderness First Aid

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… Continue reading The Cost of Thru-hiking

Blister Prevention and Treatment When Hiking

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Introduction Workers in different industries are exposed to different occupational hazards and some are exposed to more hazardous environments than others. For example, medical professionals are exposed to biohazards on a daily basis while regular exposure to dangerous chemicals is a routine matter for factory workers. Blisters can be considered as an occupational hazard for… Continue reading Blister Prevention and Treatment When Hiking

Thru-Hiking 101: Preparation, Challenges and the Best Thru-Hikes

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What is Thru-Hiking? Thru-hiking seems like an impossible dream to many of us who wonder how it would be to keep walking month after month in the wilderness. This guide aims to answer most of these questions, including what thru-hiking really is, it’s history, preparation and challenges and some interesting stories of legendary thru-hikers. Thru-hiking… Continue reading Thru-Hiking 101: Preparation, Challenges and the Best Thru-Hikes