Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking 1

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking
Backpacking involves a long and steady aerobic workout with fitness benefits that rival other more intense, higher impact activities. Although backpacking is a non-competitive recreational activity with a low chance of burn-out, the constant climbing and descending can lead to cramping and injury. Besides overuse of the muscles, leg cramping is exacerbated by inadequate eccentric ...

Go Hiking with your Dog! 3

Go Hiking with your Dog!
If you travel & hike with your dog in the U.S., you know how frustrating it can be to find a dog friendly destination. Many of the national parks do not allow dogs on trails and state parks vary by state. Some states allow dog on state managed lands while other states, such as California, ...

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers 1

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers
Looking for gifts ideas for the outdoor explorer on your list? Here are a few suggestions. Gift cards: Hikers/backpackers tend to be particular about the gear they carry, so you can’t go wrong with purchasing a gift card to a local outdoor retailer. Not sure where they shop? Popular online retailers for gear include REI.com, ...

When is the Best Time to go Hiking?

When is the Best Time to go Hiking?
Most people think hiking season commences in the spring and concludes after the summer, however, fall and winter are some of the best seasons to visit the trails – especially the national parks.  The trails are less crowded than in the summer, which means you can take photos of scenery instead of tourists. Less Crowds ...

Tips for Purchasing Backpacking Meals made with Real Food 4

Tips for Purchasing Backpacking Meals made with Real Food
If you care about the foods you eat at home, chances are you also care about your trail food. And if your standard daily fare is made from fresh whole food ingredients, why wouldn’t you expect the same level of quality in your trail food? Obviously, most fresh foods don’t pack well; they may get crushed in your backpack ...

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 ...