Hiking & Backpacking

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau

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Paddling and Biking

"Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another." John Muir

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Backcountry Recipes

Backcountry Recipes

"The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness." Henry David Thoreau

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Gotta Love Gear

Gotta Love Gear

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” John Muir

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Photography Talk

Photography Talk

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." Rachel Carson

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Canadian and Pacific Northwest Hiking Trails Resource

5 Dangers to Watch out for While Hiking

5 Dangers to Watch out for While Hiking

Hiking is one of the best ways to go toe-to-toe with nature and test your limits. With long treks, changes in the weather and unforeseeable dangers, survivalist techniques may need to come into play at times. Well worth the risks, hiking is a great way to get in touch with your wild side and appreciate the world around you. However, …

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How to Stay Safe and Comfortable When Hiking in the Rain

How to Stay Safe and Comfortable When Hiking in the Rain

Everyone knows that weather forecasts are often wrong, so you shouldn’t be surprised if you get caught in the rain on a weekend camping trip when you thought it was going to be sunny. While you shouldn’t be surprised if something like this happens, you should be prepared. Keep reading to receive some tips for staying safe and comfortable when …

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Tips for Staying Cool on Your Next Hiking Trip

Tips for Staying Cool on Your Next Hiking Trip

Nothing is better than enjoying a lovely hiking trip. The fresh air, the sunshine, and the birds chirping all around you is simply something you can’t manufacture. As wonderful as it may be to spend time in nature, things can get pretty hot in the summer and fall. If you’re looking to enjoy your next hiking trip as much as …

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How to Build Your Own Hiking Trail

How to Build Your Own Hiking Trail

If your home sits on a lot of wooded land, it can be challenging to navigate — even following game trails will only get you so far. If you’ve got a lot of woods nearby, it can be a fun idea to set up hiking trails on your property. Follow this three-step process to get started with building your own …

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Practical Tips for Identifying Poisonous Plants

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Whether you’re going on a day hike or heading out for an extended trip, it is important that you be able to identify common dangers when you’re on the trail. Poisonous plants are everywhere and they don’t always look like they are dangerous. Keep reading to learn some practical tips for identifying poisonous plants on your next hike. General Tips …

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How to Hike in the Florida Everglades

How to Hike in the Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades is a massive wetland that covers more than 700 square miles in the southern part of the Sunshine State, filled with hundreds of native animals and thousands of plant species that thrive in the hot, humid environment. It is a great place to see the natural beauty of Florida, but it can be challenging to navigate if …

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Don’t Bring Back Unwanted Insects

How to Make Sure You Don't Bring Back Unwanted Insects on a Hike

It’s finally summertime, and it’s a great time to go hiking to enjoy the outdoors, but the last thing you want to do during a hike is bring unwanted bugs home with you — especially if you’re hiking on trails on the other side of the country. Introducing pests to an area where they aren’t native isn’t just annoying — …

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How to Avoid Ticks on Your Hike

How to Avoid Ticks on Your Hike

Hiking is a great way to enjoy nature, especially now that the weather is warming up after that crazy long winter we had. However, warm weather means insects are starting to come out of the woodwork — including ticks. Tick bites are annoying, and these little bugs often end up in awkward spots, not to mention the fact that they …

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Ten Trail Essentials to Pack for Your Next Hike

Ten Trail Essentials to Pack for Your Next Hike

When you’re gearing up for a long weekend hike, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement. If you want your hike to go smoothly, however, you need to take your time during the planning process. Keep reading to learn about ten trail essentials that you should pack for your next hike. 1. Water It may seem like …

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Tips for Keeping Cool During Summer Hikes

Tips for Keeping Cool During Summer Hikes

A nice hike is a great way to enjoy the summer weather, especially after a cold winter and a rainy spring. With the summer weather, however, comes high temperatures that can sometimes make your hiking experience a little less enjoyable. Before you set out on your next summer hike, try some of these simple tips for staying cool. Simple Tips …

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