How to Cook when Backpacking 1

How to Cook when Backpacking
Whether you have recently started backpacking or are a veteran, you could probably benefit from a few cooking tips. First, we’ll describe the common method that backpackers use when cooking dried foods and strategies you can use to conserve your cooking fuel when using a backpacking stove. This method of cooking is a great concept and ...

Treat Chapped Lips Naturally 1

Treat Chapped Lips Naturally
Anyone spending time hiking, cycling or skiing, has experienced chapped lips. The condition of dry, chapped lips often starts as a minor annoyance, but can lead to painful and unsightly cracking and bleeding, as well as a more severe condition called angular cheilitis (also called perleche), a fungus that causes painful splitting at the corners ...

Saving your knees while hiking downhill 18

Saving your knees while hiking downhill
Knee problems are common because they are one of the most used and abused joints in the human body. If you frequently experience knee pain during descents or resulting soreness afterwards, chances are you need to improve your form or pack weight. Excess weight adds more strain to the knees Your knees and hips are ...

Coconut: your backpacking food companion 2

Coconut: your backpacking food companion
Coconuts are harvested from the coconut palm tree, which flourish in tropical climates such as the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and India. They also grow on the U.S. mainland in South Florida. Coconuts have made it to the shore of nearly every continent, unassisted by human effort. They can travel up to 3 months in the ...

Map Skills Primer

Map Skills Primer
Knowing how to read a topographic map is an essential skill for navigating the backcountry. Make sure you understand how to follow a topographic map before your hike — especially if you plan to be in a remote area. Here we’ll cover the basics and provide some online sources for finding topographic hiking maps. We will also feature some external ...

Comparing Backpacking Meals 2

Comparing Backpacking Meals
Why sacrifice on a decent meal when you are on the trail?  Eating well on the trail not only tastes better, but eating the right types of food will enhance your performance and give you the gusto to go a little further.  Eating well does not have to be gourmet or cost a fortune.   ...