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. ...

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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 ...

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Saving your knees while hiking downhill
Knee problems are common because they are one of the most used and abused joints in the human body. If you frequently experience knee pain during descents or resulting soreness afterwards, chances are you need to improve your form or pack weight. Excess weight adds more strain to the knees Your knees and hips are ...

Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers

Holiday Gift Guide for Backpackers
Need to update your backpacking gear or looking for gift ideas? We’ve put together a selection of our most favored backpacking gear that we own. If you enjoy the outdoors, chances are you are involved in other hobbies to take you out-of-doors, such as biking, birding, paddling, rock climbing, car camping. The clothing and gear is not ...