Monthly Archives: January 2022

7 Tips for Packing All the Right Clothing for Your First Backpacking Trip

It takes a lot to prep before heading out on your first overnight backpacking trip. We’ve broken down what gear you’ll need overall and how to pack food so you don’t go hungry in the wilderness. But with so many activewear and hiking apparel options out there, it can be hard to figure out what clothing is really essential. You’ve got […]

Is hiking safe? 7 tips for safety and what to avoid on and off the trail

Every summer (and sometimes the snowy winter) I get filled with excitement for hiking mountains and seeing views that are beyond beautiful but with so many reports of heat exhaustion, deaths and horror stories, it makes me wonder if hiking is safe so I did some research. Like many activities, hiking can be safe but […]

The 10 essentials every hiker should carry

What you carry in your backpack could save your life. That’s the thinking behind the 10 Essentials, an ever-evolving list of items created by the mountaineering community to keep you safe when the unexpected happens. “These items are necessary — essential — to be able to respond to an emergency and/or to safely get you through an […]

How to Choose a Backpack

Types of Backpacks Weekend (1-3 nights; 30-50 liters) Efficient packers using newer, less-bulky gear can really keep things light on 1- to 3-night trips by using a pack in this range. Be aware that packing light requires self-discipline and careful planning. If you can pull it off, though, the light-on-your-feet rewards are fantastic.  Multiday (3-5 […]

5 Trail Etiquette Rules

With recreational trails springing-up all over communities, many people are taking an initiative to get active. This has also created more interest in the hiking and backpacking community as more people are getting outdoors. Every so often it’s a good idea to put out a reminder of these trail etiquette rules so newbies can learn to […]

How often should you hike? Beginners to advanced hikers

Hiking is one of those activities that I’ve always enjoyed and I live 20 minutes from the mountains so it’s something I could do, if I wanted to, every single day. That being said, there is a recommended frequency for hiking. Though you can work up to hiking daily, beginners should start with 1 or […]