How does your hike compare to the gym?

When you are out on the trail, have you ever wondered the effects hiking has on your body? Do you feel as if maybe you should be at the gym to boost your fitness level? Well, think again. Hiking may just be the best all around activity for fitness. First let us take a look

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Backpacking Food: Beyond Noodles

The two most important characteristics of backpacking food are lightness and ease of preparation. After all, you have to carry everything you eat, and no one has patience to spend a lot of time on food preparation after a hard day of hiking. Sadly, this leads many backpackers to believe that their cooking choices are

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7 Different Ways to Start a Fire

In the wilderness, fire can be vitally important, even a matter of life or death. In Jack Nicholson’s famous short story “To Build a Fire,” a logger out on an isolated trail in Alaska finds himself unable to build a fire when the temperature is 75 degrees below zero. Naturally, he freezes to death. Most

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Introducing Your Friends to Backpacking

Backpacking is an incredible hobby. You get to see some amazing things that you would never see if you stayed near the car, and it’s not at all unusual to want to share the experience with a close friend or a significant other. However, what seems easy to a seasoned backpacker can seem impossible to

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How to Choose a Backpack for a Backpacking Trip

In backpacking, using the proper type of backpack is extremely important. Some novices think that they can carry everything in their old high-school backpack, but that is definitely not the case! When you have to carry heavy loads up and down for miles over difficult terrain, a regular backpack simply won’t cut it. Backpackers use

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How to avoid food poisioning on your backpacking trip

I must admit, I fear food poisoning more than any other threat when I am outdoors.  I can control cold, heat or even an animal encounter but food is something I must put in my body and being miles or days away from a hospital or even a convenient store pharmacy does not sound very

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How to Choose a Backpacking Stove

In some parts of the US, it’s possible to go backpacking without ever using a backpacking stove. As long as you have a steel pot that you don’t mind getting blackened on the bottom, it’s easy to cook over coals or an open fire. However, sitting in the glow of a campfire at the end

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