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 ...

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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 ...

Why Ginger is an Important Spice for Wilderness Travel

Why Ginger is an Important Spice for Wilderness Travel
Ginger is a pungent rhizome (underground part of the stem) of the tropical herbaceous plant Zingiber officinale botanically related to turmeric. Like turmeric, ginger contains many active beneficial constituents. While ginger is most known for soothing an upset stomach, it is also a mild stimulant that promotes circulation and reduces pain. Ginger also contains blood-thinning actions, which ...

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Moon Navigation
How can you find your way if you are lost at night and do not have a compass or GPS? It’s common to navigate in the wilderness by using the sun or the stars, however if it is a cloudy night and you can’t clearly see the constellations, using the moon is also a good ...

Not Marketed as “Backpacking” Food: Everyday Grocery Items for the Trail

Not Marketed as
If you are going on a last minute overnight backpacking trip, you may be wondering what you can quickly grab from the store to assemble a decent meal. Of course, there is always the option of going without a stove and eating candy and trail bars. But, if you want to treat yourself to a ...

Hot Weather Hiking Tips

Hot Weather Hiking Tips
Your hiking companion won’t hike in the bitter cold, so you compromise by taking the winters off. When spring arrives, you are eager to hit the trails. You head away from home at every opportunity. Life is good. But now summer temperatures have arrived.  If there is Heat, the diagnosis is Sweat Moisture will seep out from your ...