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Hiking Alone: 8 safety tips for solo hikers

Hiking alone can seem like a daunting undertaking. However, for many hiking solo is an empowering and captivating activity.  

We have put together this list of 8 top tips to help solo hikers to stay safe and fully enjoy the experience.

6 best backpacking hatchets of 2020

A commonly forgotten piece of gear on our backpacking or camping list is a quality hatchet.

While we can get a lot accomplished with a bushcraft knife, nothing quite compares to a backpacking hatchet's functionality. 

Best portable hammock stands of 2020

Spending the afternoon or even an Autumn weekend outdoors relaxing in a hammock is one of the best ways to fully enjoy a camping experience.

If you've ever camped in the desert, beach, or the prairie, then you'll know that finding trees that work for hanging a hammock isn't always a feasible option.

Exploring the Porkies: Backpacking Michigan's porcupine mountains

When you think of the Midwest, the last thing you think of is mountains. The Porcupine Mountains are a 12-mile long escarpment that rises abruptly from Lake Superior.

They follow the lakeshore for about one and a half miles and are a part of one of the world's oldest mountain chains-- the Adirondacks. 

Snowshoeing with your dog: 5 Tips for fun & safe adventures

One of the best winter activities is snowshoeing. It invites the relaxation and wonder of hiking with the solitude of a winter landscape.

If you are someone that often hikes with your dog, and wants to introduce them to the joys of hiking in winter, then there are a few things you should know before you go. 

Best Camping Mattresses & Pads of 2021

Everyone sleeps differently, and everyone has their expectations of a "good night's" sleep when sleeping outdoors.

The best camping mattresses will be a little different for every camper, and that's why we chose seven categories to rate the best camping mattresses & pads of 2021. 

How to prevent and Treat blisters while hiking

Blisters are the most common injury you will experience when hiking. 

Ignoring a blister on the trail could lead to infection and a miserable rest of the hike. That’s why it is essential to know how to prevent and treat blisters.

How to Clean Your Hiking Boots: A step-by-step guide

Outdoor gear is designed to get dirty, but that doesn't mean that you should never clean it. To get the most out of your hiking boots, proper care must be taken to keep them clean.

Osprey volt 75 backpack review

Osprey has long been a leading brand in the outdoor industry for packs of varying sizes. 

Of their packs, the Volt 75 continues to be a popular choice. It is versatile, adjustable, and it works for year-round adventures. 

From backpacking through Europe, embarking on a winter expedition, or enjoying a weekend backpacking trip this Fall, the Osprey Volt has got your back. 

How to poop in the woods: A step-by-step guide

Yes, pooping in the woods isn't a topic many of us want to discuss, but if we aren't pooping in the wilderness properly, our wild areas will start to look more like a giant outdoor bathroom than a serene natural getaway. 

How to layer for hiking and backpacking

Any time you see or make a packing list for a backpacking trip, clothing is usually the last thing on your mind. Still, it is the one thing that could make or break your experience. Being in a hot, desert climate or a wet, cold climate all come with their challenges when choosing how to dress.

The one system that always works, no matter the environment: layering. 

How to clean your hiking backpack

Hiking and backpacking are enriching activities to enjoy. As you become more invested in outdoor recreation, your gear starts to hold a higher value.

You may be spending more money on quality gear so you can spend more time outside. No matter the dollar value of your backpacking and hiking gear, though, one thing overlaps across the board: maintenance is vital. 

Hiking Arizona's Brown's Peak

The Four Peaks are the quintessential image of Arizona to some. You'll see them featured on the state's license plate, and the name "Four Peaks" is featured on many area businesses in the Phoenix Metro Area and beyond.

5 Vegan-friendly backpacking meals

Tired of bland meals when out on the trail but don't want to blow the budget on pre-packaged meals?

Read on to discover our favorite, field-tested, easy-to-make, delicious backpacking recipes. 

10 Wilderness survival kit essentials

As you start to increase your time spent in the backcountry wilderness areas of the world, the more you understand the importance of a decent wilderness survival kit.

How to stay hydrated while hiking

While knowing you should bring water seems like a simple concept, if you are new to hiking or taking on longer mileage, knowing how much water to bring takes a bit more thought. 

Backpacking repair kit: How to repair almost anything on the trial

This may seem a bit overkill to some backpackers. Yet, Mother Nature requires you to be self-sufficient when you are out there.  If something breaks, it will be up to you to make it usable again, at least for your trek.

5 Lesser-known trails in utah

We put together a list of five breathtaking hikes that aren’t usually on the “must-do” travel list. This list is to help hikers or even locals get to know a few more hiking trails in Utah. These hikes will give you the best of Utah’s landscapes with a fraction of the crowds.

Packaged vs. homemade backpacking meals

While it may not be the highlight of your trip, your backpacking meals on the trail play an integral role in your happiness and energy levels while hiking. Knowing which foods sit well with your body is one thing, but there are numerous other factors to consider. 

Hiking with your dog: practical gear and advice

Hiking with your dog on any outdoor adventure can be a blast. It adds an entirely new element to your relationship with your four-legged companion. Yet, it can also become complicated or even dangerous.

How to Choose the best hiking jacket

A hiking jacket is one essential piece of clothing that you need to invest in. Choosing the right hiking jacket can be a very personal task, but still, there is a right and a wrong when it comes to outdoor gear.  

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody Review

It may even be the most popular insulated mid-layer jacket currently available. Is all the hype worth the price? We aim to answer that question for you.

Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket Review

We chose the Arc'Teryx Beta AR Jacket because of its all-around performance and durability. Made with premium Gore-Tex materials, the Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket has been a front runner since its release in 2000.

Beginners guide to ultralight backpacking

Knowing what gear to bring, what food to eat, and how to plan for an ultralight trip will look different than what you may have been doing. So, taking time to adjust and modify your equipment and packing systems will be an important part of your journey.

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