How to Winterize your Toes and Fingers

How to Winterize your Toes and Fingers
Despite covering your hands and feet during frigid weather, you still find yourself suffering from icy toes and fingers. There are a couple of reasons why this happens. Your extremities are the furthest point from your torso (core), which is generating heat. If you do not have enough insulation covering your torso, your hands and ...

How to Dress to Stay Warm Outside 2

How to Dress to Stay Warm Outside
  A blanket of grey clouds mask the warm glow of the sun. The air is cold and damp. You are feeling unmotivated and wonder, “Should I go on that hike?” Or maybe you need to be in town today and this dreary, cold weather has sucked all the gusto from your bones. You are ...

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! 16

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 ...

Doing dishes in the backwoods 5

Doing dishes in the backwoods
The doing dishes task is one of dread for many backpackers because cleaning often involves finding and collecting more water. And after cleaning, you have to walk a few more steps away from the camp area to scatter the waste water. Sometimes it is not a matter of laziness, but of circumstance. It might be ...

Foods You Need to Eat when it is Cold Outside 7

Foods You Need to Eat when it is Cold Outside
Planning your food for a cold weather backpacking trip is different than for warm weather. You must consider the additional demands cold temperature places on your body. Extra calories are required to keep the body warm, humidify the air you breathe, and fuel any involuntary shivering. Besides the heavy footwear and clothing you are wearing, the cold ...