Food RX for pain & inflammation 2

Food RX for pain & inflammation
Whether you are experiencing sore hips or knee pain from hiking, an injury such as a twisted ankle, or just a bad headache, there are certain foods you can eat to ease the pain. In this article, you’ll find a list of foods that contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds to help counteract inflammation and soreness in the ...

Saving your Toes Hiking Downhill 7

Saving your Toes Hiking Downhill
Are you planning a hike that will require a considerable amount of descending in mountainous terrain or a gorge? Extended descents can put considerable pressure on the knees and cause swollen toenails. Here are a few steps you can take pre-hike to minimize painful toenails, black toenails, and eventual toenail loss. We’ve already covered protecting ...

Backpacking with contact lens 7

Backpacking with contact lens
If you wear contact lens, chances are you have bad eyesight and dislike wearing glasses. So, is there any reason you should give up wearing your contact lenses when backpacking? No. It is possible to successfully wear and sanitize your contact lenses in the wilderness. You’ll just need to pay attention to maintaining lens hygiene. Bring ...

Species Preservation

Species Preservation
 “What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.” – David Attenborough, British Naturalist and Broadcaster The decisions we make in our daily life — at home and away from home — in total, impact the wellness of our health, family, community, and the natural world. For ...

Slumber and Siestas

Slumber and Siestas
Backpackers, especially thru-hikers, often experience fatigue. There are endless reasons that keep you from getting asleep or staying asleep – stormy weather, screeching owls, howling coyotes, obnoxious weekend hikers, aching bones, fear, a snoring partner, the worry about not getting to sleep, etc. Waking up after a night of inadequate rest will greatly hinder your hiking performance ...

Estimating Distance with your Thumb 6

Estimating Distance with your Thumb
Estimating distance is important in daily life, hiking, and survival situations. It helps you to maintain your sense of direction, calculate distance and height, and estimate travel time while hiking relative to your pace. Estimating distance by using only your finger is based on this known fact about human anatomy: Your arm is about ten times ...