Monthly Archives: August 2020

Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better! Hiking in Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies […]

16 THINGS TO DO BEFORE A HIKE

When we talk about going hiking, there’s a lot of chatter about “being prepared”. But what exactly does that mean? What should we do to prepare before we hike? Over the years I’ve developed a bit of a routine of things I do before a hike. Keeping this simple checklist in mind makes sure that […]

Backpacking Tips for Women

Women make awesome backpackers because we’re well-equipped biologically and physically: We’re built for endurance, have high pain tolerance, store fat better than men, are stronger in the hips (which is great for carrying packs), and are more in tune with our bodies so we know when to rest. And, women excel at creating community on […]

How to Choose a Backpack

Backpack Capacity Backpack Features Backpack Fit Planning to buy a new pack for the backcountry? There are three main areas where you’ll need to make choices: Backpack capacity: The size pack you’ll need is tied to the length of your trip and how much weight and bulk you want to carry. Backpack features: These are the refinements […]

Backpacking for Beginners

Backpacking is an adventure that blends hiking with backcountry camping. It lets you broaden your horizons beyond the car campground to enjoy a richer, more immersive outdoor experience. A key distinction from day hiking is the size of your pack—your backpack (and you) must carry all of life’s essentials on your back. And you must choose those essentials […]

Top 10 Trekking Training Tips

Taking on a charity trekking challenge? Avoid the pain of blisters and sore legs with our top ten training tips designed to make you a star trekker! Many charities are offering trekking challenges, so it’s no surprise that trekking is increasingly popular. Prepare properly for your trek with our top 10 trekking training tips. Treks […]