Brushing Teeth Outdoors 1

Brushing Teeth Outdoors
Brushing teeth while in the woods during a backpacking trip is a different experience than standing in front of a bathroom sink with freely flowing tap water.  We researched a few different options for you to consider as part of your cavity & plaque prevention in the woods. Toothbrush Options Standard – pack out the ...

Cold Cereal for Lunch: Backpacker style

Cold Cereal for Lunch: Backpacker style
Why not? Forget the rules while you are backpacking in the presence of the open sky. Muesli or granola cereal is fast to prepare, loaded in calories, and tastes great. Hikers are fond of instant meals, energy bars, and candy bars for their convenience factor.  However, we are unimpressed with the ingredients found in most ...

Oboz Yellowstone II review

Outdoor Herbivore reviews the Oboz Yellowstone II hiking boots on a day hike at Rock Jock trail in Linville Gorge.  These lightweight hiking boots feature a waterproof (B-Dry) breathable membrane, waterproof nubuck leather shell, and an exceptionally grippy rubber sole. Overall, the boots were comfortable, the break in time short, and the tread provided excellent ...

What is so great about Quinoa? 1

What is so great about Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the edible seed from the quinoa plant, a plant related to spinach and chard. Although technically a seed, it is normally classified as a grain since its appearance is similar to the grains we are familiar with. What is so special about Quinoa? Complete Protein – it contains all 9 essential amino ...

Directional Navigation Using the Moon 2

Directional Navigation Using the Moon
The moon has no light of its own. The light seen from the moon is a reflection of the sun.  The shape of the reflected light varies as the Earth orbits around the sun. This can be useful for finding direction at night once you understand how this works. When it is a crescent moon ...

Dried Fruits to take Hiking 7

Dried Fruits to take Hiking
Organic dried fruits are not only delicious to munch on while backpacking, but have many health benefits as well. For instance, the phenols in the skin of an apple provide UV-B protection against sun damage, and the potassium in a banana help maintain muscle function. Dry fruits contain multiple vitamins (A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, ...