Don’t touch these poisonous plants! 13

Don’t touch these poisonous plants!
It is common knowledge that many plants are highly poisonous when ingested, however how many can you recognize that are poisonous to touch? Here we’ll show you how to identify the common ones you’ll likely encounter when hiking in the United States that are poisonous to touch. There are a number of poisonous plants in the ...

Doing dishes in the backwoods 3

Doing dishes in the backwoods
The doing dishes task is one of dread for many backpackers because cleaning often involves finding and collecting more water. And after cleaning, you have to walk a few more steps away from the camp area to scatter the waste water. Sometimes it is not a matter of laziness, but of circumstance. It might be ...

Foods You Need to Eat when it is Cold Outside 3

Foods You Need to Eat when it is Cold Outside
Planning your food for a cold weather backpacking trip is different than for warm weather. You must consider the additional demands cold temperature places on your body. Extra calories are required to keep the body warm, humidify the air you breathe, and fuel any involuntary shivering. Besides the heavy footwear and clothing you are wearing, the cold ...

Winter Backpacking Tips 5

Winter Backpacking Tips
Cold weather means averything takes longer. Anticipate and plan for the extra time needed. Be realistic when it comes to hiking mileage. Stop to rest when hiking. Excessive sweating and non-wicking clothing will make you colder. Protect exposed skin and lips with lip balm (SPF 15 or higher) and sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher). Check EWG ...

Interesting Facts about Turkeys

Interesting Facts about Turkeys
We seldom see wild turkeys while backpacking, although we were surprised to see a flock alongside the road while heading back from a trailhead at Linville Gorge in North Carolina. There were at least a dozen birds in the flock, but their natural fear of humans meant I could not get the camera out in time ...

Cooking Dried Foods at High Altitude 1

Cooking Dried Foods at High Altitude
34% of the world’s population lives within 330 vertifical feet (100 meters) of sea level Chances are, you live in a part of the country that is lower in elevation, and pay no attention to cooking instructions intended for high altitudes. But one day you may find yourself hiking more than 8,000 feet above sea ...