Trekking in the U.S. (for International Hikers)

Trekking in the U.S. (for International Hikers)
The United States is home to some of the most rugged and remote long-distance hiking trails in the world. Traversing through a range of landscapes, these trails attracts hikers from all over the globe. The common three long-distance hiking trails, referred as the “triple crown” of trails include the Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest ...

Aquatic Critters in your Drinking Water

Aquatic Critters in your Drinking Water
That cold fast moving clear mountain spring appears pristine to the naked eye, but microscopic organisms are thriving in its water by the millions. If ingested, some of these microorganisms can cause severe gastrointestinal infections resulting in diarrhea and vomiting. Two such common microorganisms you might encounter in wilderness waters are Giardia and Cryptosporidium.  Here we ...

Eating on the Playa: Food options for Burning Man

Eating on the Playa: Food options for Burning Man
Many are preparing for the journey to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to be part of the temporary community called Black Rock City. Organizers describe this event as an experimental community centered on radical self-expression and art. Participants must bring and prepare their own food. To make it easier, we’ve made a list of suitable ...

Staying Cool on the Trail in Hot Weather

Staying Cool on the Trail in Hot Weather
Staying Cool Tip#1: Perspiration & Evaporation When you get overheated and begin to sweat, your skin appears pinkish because the capillaries open up near the skin and release water and salts. As the sweat evaporates, it transfers internal heat from the core to the surface of your skin for rapid cooling. The blood near the surface ...

What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease 2

What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease
There are plenty of biting insects out there. Although annoying, most biting insects cause no harm to humans or animals. The exceptions are the blood-feeding pests that can vector many etiological pathogens, such as mosquitoes and ticks. In the U.S., the Black Legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can spread the Lyme disease ...

10 Easy No Cook Backpacking Lunches

10 Easy No Cook Backpacking Lunches
Lunch on the trail should be easy, quick, and high energy. Eating a large meal in the afternoon can slow you down, so your strategy is to eat light and often by snacking during the day and having a light meal for lunch. These cold water prep meals are packed in complex carbohydrates, are quick and easy ...