How much time until dark? 2

How much time until dark?
Using the fingers on your hand is a useful tip to estimate how much time you have before sunset.  This is especially helpful if you need to set-up your tent or get somewhere when you do not have a backup light source available. How to calculate the hours to sunset using the fingers on your ...

Directional Navigation Using the Sun 1

Directional Navigation Using the Sun
Many hikers now rely on GPS and other gadgets for navigation.  Personally, I favor using a traditional compass and map.   Regardless of what device you use when you are out on a planned trip, it is prudent to know how to apply basic navigational skills in case you find yourself lost without either. Quick Common ...

Cook in Bag? No! 2

Cook in Bag? No!
Cook in Bag – Backwoods Fast Food We found it to be a little disheartening that so many hikers wanted to know if we offered “boil in bag” packaging at the annual Trail Days event in Damascus, VA. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, this involves the use of a heavy releasable stand-up ...