Tag Archives: Skills


When we talk about going hiking, there’s a lot of chatter about “being prepared”. But what exactly does that mean? What should we do to prepare before we hike? Over the years I’ve developed a bit of a routine of things I do before a hike. Keeping this simple checklist in mind makes sure that […]

How to Choose a Backpack

Backpack Capacity Backpack Features Backpack Fit Planning to buy a new pack for the backcountry? There are three main areas where you’ll need to make choices: Backpack capacity: The size pack you’ll need is tied to the length of your trip and how much weight and bulk you want to carry. Backpack features: These are the refinements […]

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 […]

Top 10 Trekking Training Tips

Taking on a charity trekking challenge? Avoid the pain of blisters and sore legs with our top ten training tips designed to make you a star trekker! Many charities are offering trekking challenges, so it’s no surprise that trekking is increasingly popular. Prepare properly for your trek with our top 10 trekking training tips. Treks […]

9 hiking tips to help keep you safe during Southern Arizona summers

 Here are 9 tips to help you keep you safe while hiking in Southern Arizona In an emergency, call 911 In the event of an emergency, call 911 or send someone to get help.  Bring the essentials Ten essential items to carry on a hike: Navigation: map, compass, GPS Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, long sleeves […]

Top Ten Hiking Tips From the Woman Who Hiked the AT Faster Than Anyone

1. Test drive your backpack and shoes.The two pieces of gear that can make you the most uncomfortable are your pack and your shoes because they are the two items you feel all day long. Don’t wait until your first extended backpacking trip to try them out. When you purchase a new pair of shoes, […]

Five Tips for Watching Wildlife

“ Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Scrub Jay | Southwestern Horseshoe | UT, USA, 2012 Viewing wildlife is one of the primary reasons many of us head out into the wilderness. However, with hiking numbers increasing with each passing year, it is more important than ever […]

Hitchhiking Tips for Long Distance Hikers

When thru or section hiking a long-distance trail, backpackers regularly hitch into and out of towns for purposes of resupply and R&R. While there is obviously no surefire formula to hitchhiking success, there are certain tips and techniques that can help improve your odds while making your way to and from the trailhead: 1.   Location, […]

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 […]

5 Reasons To Ditch Your Hiking Boots

Running Shoes VS Hiking Boots “If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.”  ~The Houghton Line I get asked about backpacking footwear all the time and the question is almost always the same. Hikers want to know if it’s really okay to backpack in running shoes and how light their […]