Category Archives: Skills

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 […]

STYLISH AND COMFORTABLE HIKING OUTFITS FOR WOMEN

Getting out into the great outdoors and going for a hike can be an incredible experience. There’s the fresh air, the endorphins from exercise, and all those fantastic views providing the perfect Instagram backdrop. But, finding the ideal outfit to wear hiking can be a challenge. After all, striking the right balance between fashion and […]

WHAT TO WEAR HIKING

A walk in the woods is an excellent way to retreat and regroup from the hectic pace of everyday life. And for those Type A personalities among us, a demanding hike up and down a mountain is even better. Regardless of how you approach it, your hike will end up being much more enjoyable — […]

How do I know what material my shoes are?

Shoe material symbols explained Typically found on the tongue or sole of the shoe, shoe material symbols may be something you’ve previously ignored. However, they’ll help you understand how to clean your shoes and where they’re suitable to be worn. As tempting as it is to just chuck your shoes in the washing machine, this will ruin […]

10 ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR OUTDOOR CLIMBS

Having the right gear for outdoor climbs can help make your first experience a lot less scary. For many people, outdoor climbing is an incredible escape from the industrialized world, and we highly recommend that everyone tries it at least once. Even if you usually train in the climbing gym to improve your fitness, outdoor […]

Clothing and Gear Tips for Cold-Weather Hiking

To stay comfortable on a cold-weather hike, it’s critical to wear the right clothing and carry the right gear. Wear layers: Layering is a three-part system that includes a base layer that wicks perspiration away from your skin, a mid layer that insulates you from the cold and a shell layer that keeps wind and moisture out. The goal with […]