Category Archives: Techniques

How to Care for Your Backpacking Gear

Don’t poison your gear. In the field: Be careful with DEET-based bug repellent, which melts plastics, including membranes, and can damage synthetics and other fabrics. At home: Avoid fabric softener. It coats fibers with waxy chemicals, which clog membranes and damage moisture-wicking properties. Treat yourself. Your shell’s DWR (durable water repellent) treatment will deteriorate over time. […]

Heat Stroke Kills Hikers. A New First-Aid Technique May Help.

In each of the last five decades, the intensity, duration and frequency of heat waves in the US has increased. Extreme heat will likely take its toll on hikers  this summer as well. For most, the worst symptoms they’ll experience will be swollen feet and ankles, the annoying rash of prickly heat, or even heat exhaustion, […]

How to Train Your Dog for Hiking

t’s a perfect day: The sun is shining, the air is cool, and the ground is dry. You’d be crazy not to want to head out for a hike with your four-legged friend. But before both of you are ready for the trail, there are a few things you should tick off your list. Just like […]

Learn to protect your toes from trauma on the trail

There are many ways to get bumps and bruises out there on the trail, but the big toe always seems to be the first one to the crash. In most people, this is because it is the longest toe. This is too bad, since the big toe can really complain, especially if the big toenail […]


Hiking is fun but it’s tough to enjoy the scenery while gasping for air! Training with these hiking exercises will ensure you’re fit to tackle any trail. It is easy to conjure up an image of a picture-perfect hike: an empty trail that winds alongside a babbling brook through a verdant and lush valley before ascending […]

Hiking Tips and Tricks

Tips and tricks for hiking hydration, water bladders, keeping feet happy, avoiding aches and pains – as well as how to get out on the trail quickly. Hydration How much should I drink to stay hydrated? Everyone is different, and is also depends on the temperature and level of exertion… but a general guideline is […]

Tips for Hiking Downhill

Hiking downhill is often taken for granted. In the minds of some, it represents the equivalent of “backcountry gravy”; the reward that follows the exertion of a challenging ascent. Yet hiking downhill takes its toll. Twists, slips and tumbles are most likely to happen while descending and no other type of hiking causes more wear and […]

Hiking Techniques

“The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 1841 One of the things I love most about hiking is the simplicity. One foot in front of the other. Everything you need in the world on your back. Wake up with the sun. Go […]

Backpacking for Beginners

Backpacking is an adventure that blends hiking with backcountry camping. It lets you broaden your horizons beyond the car campground to enjoy a richer, more immersive outdoor experience. A key distinction from day hiking is the size of your pack—your backpack (and you) must carry all of life’s essentials on your back. And you must choose those essentials […]

Selecting the Best Hiking Clothes: 6 Recommendations

If you’re gearing up to head out on a hike, you certainly want to make sure you have all the right equipment, such as the proper backpack, maps, and other gear—but if you don’t also wear the right clothes, your trip will quickly become an uncomfortable experience. Wearing the right hiking clothes means knowing the […]