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 2

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 1

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 ...

Quinoa as a Backpacking Food 3

Quinoa as a Backpacking Food
We’ve talked about the merits of quinoa before. Not only is quinoa a complete protein, but it is also a valuable source of minerals, vitamins, phytohormones, and antioxidants, giving it an advantage over other plant foods. In comparison to the typical cereal grasses such as wheat or oats, quinoa contains a higher portion of both fat and ...

Go Hiking with your Dog! 3

Go Hiking with your Dog!
If you travel & hike with your dog in the U.S., you know how frustrating it can be to find a dog friendly destination. Many of the national parks do not allow dogs on trails and state parks vary by state. Some states allow dog on state managed lands while other states, such as California, ...

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers 1

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers
Looking for gifts ideas for the outdoor explorer on your list? Here are a few suggestions. Gift cards: Hikers/backpackers tend to be particular about the gear they carry, so you can’t go wrong with purchasing a gift card to a local outdoor retailer. Not sure where they shop? Popular online retailers for gear include REI.com, ...