Category Archives: Hiking

Wildfire Safety Tips for Outdoor Recreation

Factors ranging from climate change to years of fire suppression have contributed to a rise in wildfires. (To learn more about the complex reasons behind this increase, and to hear a gripping account of one particularly devastating fire—the 2017 Eagle Creek fire in Oregon—check out the podcast Wildfire.) The bottom line for people recreating outdoors today is […]

How to Hammock Camp

For years, campers and backpackers defaulted to the tent as their overnight shelter. The humble hammock, though, is an alluring alternative—and an increasingly popular one. If you’ve enjoyed relaxing in a hammock, then it might be time to give camping in one a try. In this article, we’ll answer the question, “what is hammock camping,” and […]

How to Use Insect Repellents

Biting insects can mar an otherwise perfect day outdoors, and they have the potential to transmit serious diseases. A little knowledge about your enemy can go a long way. How Insect Repellents Work First, a few words about your enemy. Mosquitoes are attracted by carbon dioxide (exhaled breath), lactic acid, ammonia, phenols, humidity and other […]

Orienteering Basics

If you were born in Scandinavia, you’re probably already in the know about orienteering, where the biggest orienteering meets attract upward of 20,000 participants. In the U.S., though, far fewer of us have stumbled onto this delightfully addictive sport. This article covers the basics about this lesser-known outdoor activity: What orienteering is Where to learn […]