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 4

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 ...

Why Nuts make you a Stronger Backpacker

Why Nuts make you a Stronger Backpacker
Nuts are an important source of food for backpackers. Nuts promote a healthy immune system by restoring nutrients and calories that are lost through backpacking and outdoor activity. Nuts also make a delicious snack food and add a crunchy texture to freeze-dried backpacking meals. When it comes to caloric density, nuts are king. After pure fats ...

Food RX for pain & inflammation 2

Food RX for pain & inflammation
Whether you are experiencing sore hips or knee pain from hiking, an injury such as a twisted ankle, or just a bad headache, there are certain foods you can eat to ease the pain. In this article, you’ll find a list of foods that contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds to help counteract inflammation and soreness in the ...

The Curious Adventurer

The Curious Adventurer
No Pain, No Maine? Long distance hiking or thru-hiking is challenging both mentally and physically. Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or another long distance trail, the continuous step-by-step motion from dusk to dawn, repeated day-after-day requires considerable effort and determination. It can feel monotonous. And it may involve pain. At some point, you will ponder whether ...

Saving your Toes Hiking Downhill 7

Saving your Toes Hiking Downhill
Are you planning a hike that will require a considerable amount of descending in mountainous terrain or a gorge? Extended descents can put considerable pressure on the knees and cause swollen toenails. Here are a few steps you can take pre-hike to minimize painful toenails, black toenails, and eventual toenail loss. We’ve already covered protecting ...