Dark Chocolate: why should you pack it? 2

Imagine biting into your favorite chocolate bar. That chocolaty chunk rests for a moment on your tongue, full of rich and creamy goodness. The juices flow from your salivary glands. You roll the piece around in your mouth, and it steadily liquefies by the warmth of your body heat. Your fingers reach for another piece to plop ...

MosquiToes

MosquiToes
  Most of us already know that mosquitoes and other biting insects are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted from our breath and skin. But new research shows that certain blood types tend to attract a greater share of mosquitoes. If you are Type O, you likely get more than your fair share of insect bites. ...

Replenishing Electrolytes 16

Replenishing Electrolytes
It is summer here in the South and that means high humidity with daily temperatures in the 90s. Engaging in almost any outdoor activity will surely bring plenty of sweat. Sweating is good for the body. As you know, sweating is our body’s built-in mechanism to keep us cool, although it does not feel refreshing with ...

Looking Skyward: Forecasting weather using nature

Looking Skyward: Forecasting weather using nature
As the weather turns hotter, water vapor condenses from nearby water sources and around mountain tops, forming into dark clouds. These clouds have the potential to culminate into intense electrical storms. Clearly it is unwise to continue ascending a summit as the sky is pulsating with gigantic bolts of lightning, but sometimes the situation is ...

Ah, Spring has Arrived!

Ah, Spring has Arrived!
Yesterday the twig was brown and bare; Today the glint of green is there; Tomorrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair, No miracle so strangely rare. I wonder what will next be there! ~ The Miracle,  L.H. Bailey Dust off your backpacking gear because it is April!  Spring has arrived here ...

First Aid Kits for Backpacking – 10 Essentials 3

First Aid Kits for Backpacking - 10 Essentials
What items should you carry in a first aid kit, as a solo backpacker? If you hike with a dog, what extra items do you need for your furry companion? Medical survival kits are often a boring subject and many hikers don’t give it much attention. However, a survival kit is one of the most important items ...