What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease

What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease
There are plenty of biting insects out there. Although annoying, most biting insects cause no harm to humans or animals. The exceptions are the blood-feeding pests that can vector many etiological pathogens, such as mosquitoes and ticks. In the U.S., the Black Legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can spread the Lyme disease ...

10 Easy No Cook Backpacking Lunches

10 Easy No Cook Backpacking Lunches
Lunch on the trail should be easy, quick, and high energy. Eating a large meal in the afternoon can slow you down, so your strategy is to eat light and often by snacking during the day and having a light meal for lunch. These cold water prep meals are packed in complex carbohydrates, are quick and easy ...

Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest

Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest
Carrying a bear canister is something that backpackers have to do in many US National Parks and most areas of the California Sierra. The heavy hard sided canisters tend to dominate the list of approved bear resistant canisters because they have a longer history demonstrating their effectiveness. The problem is that they’re bulky and cumbersome, ...

Planning Your Backpacking Meals 1

Planning Your Backpacking Meals
Planning a backpacking trip and not sure what to eat? Find the best backpacking food to sustain you with these tips. Purchase Freeze-dried Meals from an Outdoor Retailer Look for brands that are intended for backpacking instead of the survival market. The purpose of survival food is to keep you alive in an emergency, not ...

10 Steps to Restful Sleep in the Backcountry

10 Steps to Restful Sleep in the Backcountry
Getting good sleep in the backcountry can be a challenge and bad sleep does not make hiking enjoyable the next day. Here we offer a few tips to help you get better zzz’s. Find a Comfortable Camp Site. Take your time scouting a flat, rock-free spot and clear away any sticks and pine cones before pitching your ...

Hiking with Venomous Snakes

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 ...