Hiking with Venomous Snakes 2

Hiking with Venomous Snakes
Have you ever gone hiking with an edgy friend who is constantly on the lookout for snakes on the sides of the trail? When discussing your previous weekend backpacking trip with your co-workers, how many times have you heard, “Aren’t you worried about snakes?” You should be cautious, but not worried about venomous snakes. Here’s ...

Harmless or Deadly? How to Identify Common Spiders

Harmless or Deadly? How to Identify Common Spiders
Find a giant furry spider nestled in your backpacking gear? It is Spring and spiders are coming out of hiding to eat and breed. Before you dig out your backpacking gear from the closet or garage, you might want to know how to identify what spiders are harmful. You can probably tell the difference between a ...

Relief from Poisonous Plants while on the Trail 3

Relief from Poisonous Plants while on the Trail
Your hiking companion didn’t know better when he joined you for a 3-day backpacking trip in the Appalachians. The trails traverse through dense mountainous woodlands and open pastoral landscapes. The hiking looks easy, but it never is. The hiking here is rugged, with the constant ascents and descents, climbing over and under fallen trees, meandering around leafy ...

Don’t touch these poisonous plants! 15

Don’t touch these poisonous plants!
It is common knowledge that many plants are highly poisonous when ingested, however how many can you recognize that are poisonous to touch? Here we’ll show you how to identify the common ones you’ll likely encounter when hiking in the United States that are poisonous to touch. There are a number of poisonous plants in the ...