Estimating Distance with your Thumb 6

Estimating Distance with your Thumb
Estimating distance is important in daily life, hiking, and survival situations. It helps you to maintain your sense of direction, calculate distance and height, and estimate travel time while hiking relative to your pace. Estimating distance by using only your finger is based on this known fact about human anatomy: Your arm is about ten times ...

Cooking to save fuel 4

Cooking to save fuel
Fuels, such as white gas, kerosene, isobutane, and denatured alcohols are regularly used for cooking with backpacking stoves. Fuel savings greatly depend on the efficiency of the cooking process, as well as the stove and type of cooking pot. One of the best ways to conserve fuel is to avoid energy loss during cooking. Running ...

How to Cook when Backpacking 1

How to Cook when Backpacking
Whether you have recently started backpacking or are a veteran, you could probably benefit from a few cooking tips. First, we’ll describe the common method that backpackers use when cooking dried foods and strategies you can use to conserve your cooking fuel when using a backpacking stove. This method of cooking is a great concept and ...

Treat Chapped Lips Naturally 1

Treat Chapped Lips Naturally
Anyone spending time hiking, cycling or skiing, has experienced chapped lips. The condition of dry, chapped lips often starts as a minor annoyance, but can lead to painful and unsightly cracking and bleeding, as well as a more severe condition called angular cheilitis (also called perleche), a fungus that causes painful splitting at the corners ...

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Saving your knees while hiking downhill
Knee problems are common because they are one of the most used and abused joints in the human body. If you frequently experience knee pain during descents or resulting soreness afterwards, chances are you need to improve your form or pack weight. Excess weight adds more strain to the knees Your knees and hips are ...

Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers

Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers
Need to update your backpacking gear or looking for gift ideas? We’ve put together a selection of our most favored backpacking gear that we own. If you enjoy the outdoors, chances are you are involved in other hobbies to take you out-of-doors, such as biking, birding, paddling, rock climbing, car camping. The clothing and gear is not ...