Category Archives: Skills

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 to Get Back on the Right Path When Lost

Even the most experienced hikers have likely dealt with getting lost a time or two. Perhaps the hiking trails were poorly marked or you had to make an unexpected detour. Whatever the reason, follow these simple safety tips for being lost, and you’re more likely to safely find your way back to the right path. […]

Hiking Tips & Skills

Venturing out on foot in the great outdoors is one of the best ways to experience the world. Walking and hiking through even the most familiar region immerses you in the culture and natural beauty of a destination, connecting you to your surroundings in a truly unique and extraordinary way. An accessible activity with minimal gear requirements, […]

How to Cross a Raging River Safely in the Backcountry

“OK, if you insist,” the ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ backcountry office said skeptically as he handed over our permit. “Just remember: The trail crosses several creeks, and they’re going to be running higher than normal because of the rain.” He meant this as a warning, but when all that stands between you and […]

A Guide to Hiking Skill Levels

What Level of Hiker Are You? When determining what hike to undertake, it is common to see people focus on the grade of the hike rather than their skill level of that of their group. Most people start out on grade 1-2 hikes which are suited to people with limited experience in the bush. They then advance […]

5 Unexpected Things That You’ll Always Find in a Mountain Guide’s Backpack

We’ve all heard of the ten essentials, but in more than a decade of working as a mountain guide, I’ve learned that the things that save a trip aren’t always what you’d expect. From conveniences to mission-essential repair kits, there are a few unexpected things stashed alongside our compasses and emergency bivies. Here are five […]

How to Face Your Fear of Backpacking Alone

From bears to lightning, there are a lot of things to fear in the backcountry. But which of those are really dangerous, and which shouldn’t you worry about? In Fear Less, our experts break down how to master your fears instead of letting them master you. Confession: I’ve never been solo backpacking. I’ve hiked and trail […]

The 6 Best Leg Workouts to Get in Hiking Shape

Strong legs make for a strong hiker and, let’s face it, a more fun time: It’s easier to focus on the scenery, the wildlife, and your hiking partners when you can think about anything other than how badly your legs are screaming. These six lower-body-focused workouts will help you go further, faster, and pain-free. Mix […]

Best Hiking Shoes for Men of 2021

While we’ve written about lots of shoes for men before — including the best dress shoes for men, the best UGGs for men, and one editor’s favorite men’s running shoes — here, we’ve rounded up the best hiking boots for men, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Hiking Asia. 2019 Hot Men Comfortable Hiking Shoes Men’s Outdoor Lightweight Sport […]

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 […]