Harmless or Deadly? How to Identify Common Spiders

Harmless or Deadly? How to Identify Common Spiders
Find a giant furry spider nestled in your backpacking gear? It is Spring and spiders are coming out of hiding to eat and breed. Before you dig out your backpacking gear from the closet or garage, you might want to know how to identify what spiders are harmful. You can probably tell the difference between a ...

5 Sites that make Finding Trails Easy 2

5 Sites that make Finding Trails Easy
Looking for a new place to hike, run, or cycle? Whether you have recently moved to a new area, are traveling, or are looking for something different, you can easily find sites and apps to direct you to nearby trails. We’ve narrowed the list to include the most comprehensive sites for finding new trails. Many of ...

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking 2

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 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 U.S. states allow dogs on state managed lands while others, such as California, mostly prohibit dogs. ...

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 ...