Backpacking with Peanut Butter

Backpacking with Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter is a staple food on the trail. The creamy consistency makes it easy to smear on crackers and bagels. It is loaded with healthy monounsaturated fat and offers a good amount of protein, making it especially attractive to vegetarians. And peanuts, like all plant foods, contain no cholesterol. Here we’ll explore the different types ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...