Hiking with Venomous Snakes

Hiking with Venomous Snakes
Have you ever gone hiking with an edgy friend who is constantly on the lookout for snakes on the sides of the trail? When discussing your previous weekend backpacking trip with your co-workers, how many times have you heard, “Aren’t you worried about snakes?” You should be cautious, but not worried about venomous snakes. Here’s ...

Why Ginger is an Important Spice for Wilderness Travel

Why Ginger is an Important Spice for Wilderness Travel
Ginger is a pungent rhizome (underground part of the stem) of the tropical herbaceous plant Zingiber officinale botanically related to turmeric. Like turmeric, ginger contains many active beneficial constituents. While ginger is most known for soothing an upset stomach, it is also a mild stimulant that promotes circulation and reduces pain. Ginger also contains blood-thinning actions, which ...

Hiking Season Kickoff

Hiking Season Kickoff
Memorial Day weekend marks the official beginning of the hiking season, and many of you will be hitting the trails. Whether you are in for stellar weather, snow, or pouring rain this weekend, we hope you can find a crowd-free spot to appreciate the sights and sounds of nature. To celebrate, we are offering $5 off ...

Harmless or Deadly? How to Identify Common Spiders

Harmless or Deadly? How to Identify Common Spiders
Find a giant furry spider nestled in your backpacking gear? It is Spring and spiders are coming out of hiding to eat and breed. Before you dig out your backpacking gear from the closet or garage, you might want to know how to identify what spiders are harmful. You can probably tell the difference between a ...

5 Sites that make Finding Trails Easy

5 Sites that make Finding Trails Easy
Looking for a new place to hike, run, or cycle? Whether you have recently moved to a new area, are traveling, or are looking for something different, you can easily find sites and apps to direct you to nearby trails. We’ve narrowed the list to include the most comprehensive sites for finding new trails. Many of ...

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking
Backpacking involves a long and steady aerobic workout with fitness benefits that rival other more intense, higher impact activities. Although backpacking is a non-competitive recreational activity with a low chance of burn-out, the constant climbing and descending can lead to cramping and injury. Besides overuse of the muscles, leg cramping is exacerbated by inadequate eccentric ...