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 ...

Winter Backpacking Tips 5

Winter Backpacking Tips
Cold weather means averything takes longer. Anticipate and plan for the extra time needed. Be realistic when it comes to hiking mileage. Stop to rest when hiking. Excessive sweating and non-wicking clothing will make you colder. Protect exposed skin and lips with lip balm (SPF 15 or higher) and sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher). Check EWG ...

Cooking Dried Foods at High Altitude 1

Cooking Dried Foods at High Altitude
34% of the world’s population lives within 330 vertifical feet (100 meters) of sea level Chances are, you live in a part of the country that is lower in elevation, and pay no attention to cooking instructions intended for high altitudes. But one day you may find yourself hiking more than 8,000 feet above sea ...

Backpacking with Peanut Butter 2

Backpacking with Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter is a staple food on the trail. The creamy consistency makes it easy to smear on crackers and bagels. It is loaded with healthy monounsaturated fat and offers a good amount of protein, making it especially attractive to vegetarians. And peanuts, like all plant foods, contain no cholesterol. Here we’ll explore the different types ...

Looking Skyward: Forecasting weather using nature

Looking Skyward: Forecasting weather using nature
As the weather turns hotter, water vapor condenses from nearby water sources and around mountain tops, forming into dark clouds. These clouds have the potential to culminate into intense electrical storms. Clearly it is unwise to continue ascending a summit as the sky is pulsating with gigantic bolts of lightning, but sometimes the situation is ...

First Aid Kits for Backpacking – 10 Essentials 4

First Aid Kits for Backpacking - 10 Essentials
What items should you carry in a first aid kit, as a solo backpacker? If you hike with a dog, what extra items do you need for your furry companion? Medical survival kits are often a boring subject and many hikers don’t give it much attention. However, a survival kit is one of the most important items ...