Saving your knees while hiking downhill 16

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 ...

Leaf Foliage Lesson

Leaf Foliage Lesson
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz Autumn is a spectacular time of color in many areas, and the Appalachians are no exception.  From radiant reds to mustard yellow, the vibrant display of color is short-lived, earning leaf-peeping peak priority. What causes ...

4 Reasons to sprout

4 Reasons to sprout
1. Sprouting is Green! Seeds are low-cost and provide a steady supply of healthy, economical food. They also store long-term (3 – 5 years) when stored in a cool, dark place. Low tech.  The seeds are simple to grow because the growing process requires little water and sunlight. It does not require soil, highly developed fertilizers, ...

Seeking Silence? 1

Is silence music to your ears? The familiar clamor of leaf blowers, lawn mowers, barking dogs, vehicle exhaust pipes, buses, airplanes, car doors slamming, church bells, trains and sirens is characteristic of living in a dense population. Common sounds such as these largely go unnoticed because they are the basis of our daily environment. Regardless, ...

Walking in Circles 1

Walking in Circles
“The belief that people walk in circles when lost is mainly based on anecdotal evidence and has never been studied systematically in a real desert or forest.” (Current Biology, August 20th 2009) It is a common scenario: when we get lost in the wilderness, we wind up walking in circles.  Much to our dismay, at ...