High Calorie Vegetarian Fats

Backpacking long distances in mountainous terrain can burn up to 5,000 calories per day. Because fat provides the highest source of calories by weight, hikers need to consume a greater amount of fat to account for lost calories. Besides providing energy, fats are vital for insulating your body, supporting immunity and brain health. They are also ...

Will This Map Get Me Lost?

Will This Map Get Me Lost?
You should always carry a foldable paper map when you hike in the remote wilderness. Even if you use a GPS device, it is still a good idea to have a paper map as a reliable backup. Personally, we prefer to rely only on paper maps when backpacking because electronic devices don’t have a good track record with us. Our experience is ...

How to Grow Oxygen

How to Grow Oxygen
Plants are beneficial. They create fresh and clean air, balance internal humidity, inspire creativity, and provide a soothing environment. It is easy to create an indoor green haven inside your office and home by keeping a few common plants around your space. What Plants Can Do Remove Pollution NASA research proves common house plants are ...

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy 3

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy
Strategy: No Weight Loss Backpacking consumes a high amount of calories. In general, you will need to consume 2,000 calories for easier hiking and 4,500+ calories for difficult terrain or cold weather to avoid weight loss. Most backpackers are not climbing up mountains all day, but rather gradually ascending and descending. Therefore, let’s assume that ...

Preventing Altitude Sickness 3

Preventing Altitude Sickness
Hiking at mile high altitudes? The air is thinner at higher altitudes because the atmospheric pressure is lower. Your body will initially have difficulty getting the amount of oxygen it needs and your performance will suffer. This lack of oxygen can cause unacclimated hikers to lose up to 50% of their normal physical efficiency at altitudes ...

Gluten-Free 2

Gluten-Free
A considerable amount of our work here at Outdoor Herbivore is staying up to date on the latest news around diet related disease and illnesses. These past few months there has been quite a bit of discussion about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye is in ...