Monthly Archives: June 2022

Tips and Tricks for Visiting a National Park Without a Reservation

To cut down on crowds, eliminate wait times, and help preserve natural resources, an increasing number of national parks are capping visitation and requiring advanced reservations this summer. If you’re one of those organized people who plans your life months in advance, bully for you. But if you’re a person who doesn’t, or who prefers spontaneous adventure, […]

What Are “Trail Legs” and How Do I Get Them?

Long-distance hikers often talk about getting their trail legs, the superhero-like state where their leg muscles adapt to the callousing daily mileage and recover in time to rinse and repeat each day. Turns out there’s a physiological reason for this called neuromuscular adaptation. Training before a hike helps your muscles adapt to increased physical stress, feel invincible, and […]

How to Treat an Infected Cut in the Backcountry

For how much we love the backcountry, sometimes it seems like it doesn’t like us back. There are plenty of severe maladies and illnesses that can arise on a backpacking trip: giardia, HAPE, and hypothermia to start. But what about little bumps and scrapes? Those can become severe too. If not treated properly, a small abrasion can […]

How Long Does It Take To Hike 5 Miles?

How long does that 5-mile trail take to hike? It’s probably the most important question when you’re planning a day or a weekend out, but one of the toughest to answer. Instead of comparing your average hiking pace to someone else’s, consider all the factors that could affect it: terrain, grade, temperature/weather, your own fitness level, your […]