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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Hacks That Make Hiking & Camping More Fun

Creative Hacks That Make Hiking and Camping More Fun

The weather is warmer and it’s time to head into the great outdoors. Whether you are camping, hiking or just hanging out, you can impress friends and family and make your life easier by using these simple hacks. 1. Make Your Own Lantern If you forgot to bring a lantern on your trip, or you don’t want to invest the …

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Creative Ways to Train for a Through-Hike

Creative Ways to Train for a Through-Hike

Miles of scenic hiking trail crisscross the United States of America, and go unappreciated by all but a select few. For those who choose to venture out, through-hiking is an eye-opening way to experience these beautiful places, but it requires some physical fortitude. Covering the long stretches of trail required to complete a through-hike in reasonable time will challenge your …

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Hiking with Someone Who Doesn’t Like to Hike

5 Simple Steps for Hiking with Someone Who Doesn’t Like to Hike

Taking a break from your daily routine and embarking on a journey through the great outdoors is one of life’s simple pleasures. From the pure outdoor air to the pleasure you feel from witnessing the natural world, nothing beats planning a hike through your favorite trails — except maybe inviting a friend to tag along with you, that is. The …

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Why You Should Practice Rock Climbing

Why You Should Practice Rock Climbing

Are you an avid hiker looking for something a bit more intense? Are you trying to lose weight, but can’t stand the sweat, heavy breathing and monotonous repetition of traditional workouts? Maybe you’re in the mood for adventure, but don’t know where to start looking? Whichever group you fall into, rock climbing has it all! Not only will you get …

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Top 10 Spring Hiking Tips Every Hiker Needs

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If you love the great outdoors, the winter can be a difficult season because it limits the kind of outdoor activity you can do. The good news is that spring always comes back around, though not always as early as you might like. To prepare yourself for the return of warmer weather, read up on spring hiking tips. Pack extra …

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How to Avoid Soreness While Hiking

How to Avoid Soreness While Hiking

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while getting exercise and staying healthy, but if you’re not careful it’s also a good way to end up so sore you don’t even want to climb out of your sleeping bag in the morning. Whether you’re new to hiking or an experienced explorer, soreness can definitely put a damper on …

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How to Take Care of Your Feet While Hiking

How to Take Care of Your Feet While Hiking

Packing for a hike can be tricky.  You need to pack enough food and supplies to see you through your trip without being too heavy to carry on your back.  While you’re deciding whether to bring more water or extra toilet paper, don’t forget to take care of your most important hiking tool — your feet!  Your feet and the …

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Trail Etiquette to Practice on Your Next Hike

Six Rules for Trail Etiquette to Practice on Your Next Hike

Nothing compares to a day spent in the great outdoors. With the sun shining down and the birds chirping around you, the wilderness is a wonderful place to be. Unfortunately, you may not always have the great outdoors all to yourself. When sharing the trail with other hikers, the things you do can have an impact on their experience as …

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Should You Go Hiking in the Winter?

Should You Go Hiking in the Winter?

Hiking is one of the greatest summertime activities. It gives you the opportunity to exercise by taking long walks in the great outdoors — either by yourself, or with family members and friends. Hikes can allow you to experience some of nature’s most stunning vistas, or they can just be a walk alongside a river or creek near your house. …

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Energy-Boosting Snacks to Take on Your Next Hike

Energy-Boosting Snacks to Take on Your Next Hike

Whether you’re setting out for a weekend-long trip or just taking a quick hike, having the right snacks can make all the difference. When it comes to choosing snacks for a hike, you want to strike the right balance between quick-burning and slow-burning energy. Keep reading to learn about some of the best energy-boosting snacks to take on your next …

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