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 ...

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 ...

Listening In: Earthly Sounds in a Man-Made World

Listening In: Earthly Sounds in a Man-Made World
I always find it ironic when I see a jogger or hiker in the woods wearing earbuds. It seems that while this person is taking the time to travel through the natural world, they are at the same time filtering part of it out. It is the equivalent of visiting a museum wearing a blindfold. ...

Treat Chapped Lips Naturally 1

Treat Chapped Lips Naturally
Anyone spending time hiking, cycling or skiing, has experienced chapped lips. The condition of dry, chapped lips often starts as a minor annoyance, but can lead to painful and unsightly cracking and bleeding, as well as a more severe condition called angular cheilitis (also called perleche), a fungus that causes painful splitting at the corners ...