Category Archives: Hike List

HIKING ESSENTIALS – WHAT TO WEAR WHEN HIKING

In the previous two installments of our “Hiking Essentials” series, we discussed what to bring with you on a day hike, along with tips for staying safe on the trail. In this third installment, we’re going to talk about what to wear on a hike. Below, I discuss what to wear when hiking, along with some tips based on […]

Hiking in Leggings – How to Pick the Best Hiking Tights

If you are one of those girls that live in their yoga pants, then you already know and appreciate the level of comfort that leggings offer. It’d hard to think of a physical activity where leggings aren’t the superior clothing choice, and they seem to have become a common piece of a hiking apparel. One […]

Three-Season Gear Checklist

Clothing Outerwear waterproof/breathable jacket waterproof/breathable pants fleece/synthetic jacket or wool sweater waterproof gaiters (optional) synthetic hiking pants synthetic shorts Base Layer midweight long john top midweight long john bottoms long sleeve T-shirt synthetic T-shirt synthetic briefs synthetic sports bra Accessories wool or fleece hat midweight wool or fleece gloves Footwear camp footwear (optional) waterproof hiking […]

How to Pack a Backpack for a Hiking Trip

Backpacks have come a long way since the 70’s, when hikers swore by (and at) bulky external frames and nifty side pockets were few and far between. Nowadays, there’s any number of high-tech packs that help you lug more gear longer, and farther, than ever before. But it’s still critical that you know how to pack a backpack […]

Backpacking Tips for Women

There are more people backpacking today than ever before. And the jump in number of hikers, especially women, shows no signs of abating anytime soon. Whatever motivates us to hit the trail, most find our backpacking experiences to be empowering, soul-enriching, even life-changing. Whether we hit the trail solo or with others, for a single weekend or for […]

The Ten Essentials

The Ten Essentials are survival items that hiking and Scouting organisations recommend for safe travel in the bush. The Ten Essentials first appeared in print in the third edition of Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills Mountaineers (January 1974). Many regional organisations and authors recommend that hikers, backpackers, and climbers rigorously ensure they have the ten essentials with them. However, personal preferences and differences in conditions may dictate otherwise […]

7 Reasons to Take a Family Hike This Summer

Putting one foot in front of the other in the glory of nature is exactly what we all need right now. What’s an activity that gets your heart pumping (but not so much that you can’t keep up your end of a chat), occupies your kids for a blessed while, costs little to nothing, involves […]

HOW TO BREAK IN HIKING BOOTS

Think of breaking in your hiking boots as a metaphor for preparing for any challenging hike: aiming for the summit your first time out is unrealistic. Building your endurance gradually with a series of less challenging hikes that grow more ambitious over time is a reasonable approach. In a nutshell, take your time: when you break […]

Tips for Hiking in Cold and Wet Weather

A combination of driving rain, high winds, and temperatures just above freezing, represents some of the most challenging weather that a hiker can face. In these conditions, hypothermia and frostbite (if the thermometer subsequently drops below 0°C / 32°F) are a very real possibility. Thankfully, cold-related maladies are far easier to prevent than they are […]

How Light Should You Pack

As far as how light your backpack should be before you can safely switch to running shoes, there’s really no magic number. It’s totally a personal preference thing. For me, I’d still wear running shoes even if I carried a 50-60 pound pack. The biggest negative impact of wearing lightweight shoes with a heavier load […]