Tag Archives: hiking skills

Learn How to Use a Compass and Never Get Lost Again

Sure, not all who wander are lost. But when you’ve been walking in circles for hours and your day hike is stretching into an overnight, that saying is cold comfort. The solution? Don’t get lost in the first place. Learning how to use a map and compass is something all hikers and backpackers need to […]

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, […]

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 […]

DAY HIKING FOR BEGINNERS

When it comes to getting outside, nothing beats a hiking daytrip. Walking along forested trails or setting out to see a nearby waterfall doesn’t need to be a major undertaking, but to beginner hikers, it might appear deceptively simple (especially with all the hiking pics shared online). Some hikes can be as easy as putting […]

WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU IN A HIKING SHOE?

COMFORT AND FIT – This is the most important consideration when choosing hiking footwear. Different people need different things in shoes (wide vs. narrow, arch support, etc.), so finding what makes your feet happy is critical. PRICE – We tend to be willing to spend a bit more for quality footwear because we truly believe […]

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 […]

10 Tips for Hiking & Backpacking in the Rain

There’s no doubt that rainy and cold conditions add an element of challenge to getting outside. But, don’t let a drizzly forecast stop you from being active and immersing yourself in nature. The right mindset and quality rain gear make all the difference. Whether you’re day hiking, backpacking for multiple days, or simply heading out […]

HIKING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS: A GUIDE FOR FIRST-TIME HIKERS

If you’ve been struck with a newfound yearning for a walk beyond your backyard into the backcountry, lace up your hiking boots and follow that impulse. Hiking is profoundly healthy for both your mind and body. Researchers have found that getting out and walking in nature can mitigate symptoms of depression, increase your attention span, and improve […]

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 […]