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 ...

MosquiToes

MosquiToes
  Most of us already know that mosquitoes and other biting insects are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted from our breath and skin. But new research shows that certain blood types tend to attract a greater share of mosquitoes. If you are Type O, you likely get more than your fair share of insect bites. ...

Replenishing Electrolytes 18

Replenishing Electrolytes
It is summer here in the South and that means high humidity with daily temperatures in the 90s. Engaging in almost any outdoor activity will surely bring plenty of sweat. Sweating is good for the body. As you know, sweating is our body’s built-in mechanism to keep us cool, although it does not feel refreshing with ...

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 ...

The Curious Adventurer

The Curious Adventurer
No Pain, No Maine? Long distance hiking or thru-hiking is challenging both mentally and physically. Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or another long distance trail, the continuous step-by-step motion from dusk to dawn, repeated day-after-day requires considerable effort and determination. It can feel monotonous. And it may involve pain. At some point, you will ponder whether ...

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 ...