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 8

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, ...

Clothing to wear for Backpacking 5

Clothing to wear for Backpacking
No cotton. Cotton absorbs perspiration and does not dry quickly. It also takes up too much space and weight for packing. If you want a fabric naturally sourced from plants, look for organic cotton blended with faster-drying fabrics, such as Tencel (lyocell) or Bamboo. Tencel is a fabric produced from the pulp of the eucalyptus tree. Bamboo ...

SteriPEN review

SteriPEN review
A review of UV Water Sterilization using the SteriPEN Journey Collecting water from a nearby river, stream or spring can often mean the water is contaminated with a host of bacteria, parasites and other organisms resulting from animal waste or decay.  Fortunately, sterilizing water using ultraviolet (UV) light is quick, easy, and works without the ...

Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan? 4

Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan?
  Is it possible to maintain my vegetarian/vegan diet while backpacking? This question is a common one that we get from backpackers. Meat eaters claim a vegan (or vegetarian) won’t be able to finish their hike because they can’t possibly consume enough calories, protein, or fat, and will become weak and sickly. This is NOT ...

Outdoor Herbivore’s YouTube Channel

This 5 minute video gives you some tips you might not think of when selecting boots or shoes for hiking. Do you find videos like these helpful? What else would you like to see? Please let us know! We are considering offering more videos and tips related to camp cooking and backpacking as well. Before ...