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Avoid Blisters and Falls: 5 Handy Tips for your First Family Hike

It doesn’t matter whether you’re setting off on some fantastic short hiking trails for families in Yosemite, or you’re attempting to section hike the Appalachian... ...one of the best ways to ensure you and your family have a safe and enjoyable time together is to prepare yourselves (and your feet!) for the great outdoors. As […]

How to Plan a Camping Trip (Easy Tips for Solo and Group Outings)

Want to plan a camping trip? As with any adventure, a camping trip will take some thought if you want to have the best and safest possible experience. The planning involved will differ depending on whether you are embarking on a solo trip or a group outing. Not quite sure what you need? No worries. We got you […]

Primitive Camping Guide (What it is, What to Pack, and Easy Tips)

Interested in primitive camping? Well, you're in the right place! Whether you are comfortable with car camping and are looking for the next challenge, or are seeking a more peaceful experience, primitive camping offers the chance to get away from it all. If you're new to the whole thing, no worries. Read on to discover exactly […]

What to Wear When Hiking (Easy Guide for All Weather Types)

It can be hard to enjoy a hike if you are not dressed appropriately for the weather. And it can be challenging to know exactly what to wear for different temperatures. But don't worry. This handy guide will walk you through what to wear when hiking throughout all four seasons. Ready? Great, let's get down to […]

3 Cheap Coleman Fuel Substitutes For Camping Stoves & Lanterns

Do you use camping stoves and camping lanterns? If you answered yes, Coleman fuel may be something you regularly purchase on Amazon, or at other retailers. A petroleum naphtha product, Coleman sells it to fuel its many products as well as appliances made by other brands. And it ain't cheap! But we've got good news for you... Coleman […]

The Best Toilet Paper for Septics & Camping in 2017 (Biodegradable!)

Use tissue paper that is safe for septic systems. Photo credit: wta.org Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? If so, then you already know this: It’s important to leave as little trace of your presence as possible. Minimizing our impact on the environment keeps the eco-system healthy and allows us to continue enjoying it for years […]

Is Walking Good For Plantar Fasciitis? (Discover The Truth Now)

Do you have plantar fasciitis? If you're like us, then you still want to get out and walk around. The thing is, when experiencing one of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, one treatment option may sound confusing. Conservative treatment includes “rest”. But does that mean you should avoid walking altogether? Keep reading […]

How To Keep A Tent Cool In The Summer (Relax & Sleep Easy!)

Don't like staying in a tent that feels like a furnace? Yeah, neither do we! It makes getting a good night of sleep when camping in the summer a huge challenge. That hot tent will keep you from getting the sleep that you need for another full day of outdoor adventure. Fortunately, we have 4 simple tips […]

Hiking Date Guide: What To Wear & Take (Plus 4 Things NOT To Do)

Here’s the dreaded question... What do you have planned for your date? Whether it's your first date or 15th wedding anniversary, going on a hike is a brilliant alternative versus the basic overpriced dinner at your local Italian joint. But be warned, a hiking date is going to be markedly different from a dinner and […]

How to Make Camping Comfortable (6 Easy Tips and Ideas)

So, you're interested in camping... ...but the idea of spending a few days living outdoors and sleeping in a tent sound like a lot of work. And sleeping on the ground sounds, well, unpleasant, haha. Well read on, because you're about to discover easy tips that will make camping as comfortable as possible. How to Make […]

How to Fix a Bunion Without Surgery (4 Easy Tips)

Bunions are a pain. Literally. Wearing hiking boots (or any shoes) when you have a bunion can not only be uncomfortable, but painful. Pain when wearing shoes will cause you to miss out on time on the trails. Fortunately, we have some tips on how to fix a bunion without surgery. How to Fix a Bunion […]

Discover What Car Camping Is (And What You Need To Bring!)

What is car camping exactly? Put simply, it is when you load up all of your adventure gear in the car, drive up to a camping site and pitch a tent close by. We know that car camping doesn’t offer the same benefits as remote backpacking sites (killer vistas, solitude, actually making you exercise) but […]

How To Stay Warm In A Tent (6 Cozy Camping Tips)

Are you wondering how to stay warm while camping in a tent? Great, because that's exactly what you'll need to know... ...and what you're about to learn - in order to brave the cold outdoors. Read on to discover exactly how to achieve maximum toastyness! How To Stay Warm In A Tent (6 Cozy Camping Tips) […]

How To Keep Your Hands Warm While Hiking In Winter

When your hands are cold, it can be hard to enjoy your time outdoors. For those who enjoy hiking in winter, it is important to figure out how to keep your hands warm in cold weather. Read on to learn how to keep cold hands from being a problem. What’s The Deal With Keeping Your […]

How To Break In A New Pair Of Hiking Boots

Congrats fellow adventurer! You are the proud owner of brand spanking new hiking kicks. We bet you're eager to hit the trails… but stop right there, you need to break those babies in so they don’t murder your feet. So without further ado, here’s exactly how to break in those hiking boots… Let’s Talk About […]

How To Keep Your Feet Warm When Hiking In Winter

When it comes to hiking, it is never too cold to venture out. However, while you may always be up for an adventure, you should do what you can to keep warm in cold conditions. In this article we'll show you how to keep your feet warm when hiking in winter. How To Keep Your Feet Warm When Hiking In […]

Tarp Camping 101 (An Easy Guide For The Minimalist)

When trying to lighten your backpacking load, it’s difficult to find a better option than tarp camping. Tarps come in a variety of sizes, shapes and lightweight materials, and there are dozens of do-it-yourself, easy-to-construct tarp shelter configurations for the minimalist in all of us. Here are the basics you need to know to get […]

How To Keep Mosquitoes Away When Camping (5 Easy Tips)

For those who enjoy camping, it can be frustrating when the mosquitoes are out in force. Not only are mosquitoes annoying, the resulting bites can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, mosquitoes don’t have to get in the way of your time outdoors; read on to learn how to keep mosquitoes away while camping. How To Keep Mosquitoes […]

How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots (5 Easy Tips)

Many hiking boot owners are surprised to learn that their particular pair of boots aren't waterproof. If that sounds like you, we recommend taking the time to waterproof your boots on your own. Waterproofing can be used to maintain boots over the years and can also make a non-waterproof boot keep water out. Of course, you could always […]

Hiking In Jeans: Is It A Mistake? (Discover The Truth Now)

Jeans are durable, versatile and you can wear them to the office and pub, and everything in between. So why not hit the trails in your denim? Well maybe because they’re not warm when it's cold, too warm when it's sweltering outside, they’re incapable of shedding water. And honestly, when was the last time you […]

6 Crucial Tips for Hiking Alone on the Appalachian Trail

When hiking alone, there are some things you’ll need to take into consideration before setting out on the Appalachian Trail. While hiking in groups might seem to be the safer option overall, you can ensure a higher level of safety if you keep your wits about you and use common sense. Realize that this is […]

What Are Appalachian Trail Shelters Like? [Discover the Truth]

Hiking the Appalachian Trail involves more than just grabbing a backpack and heading off into the wild blue yonder. Considerations such as what to pack and whether you’ll camp with a tent or use the many trail shelters dotted along the AT are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. What Are Appalachian Trail Shelters Like? [Discover […]

Interested In Hiking The Appalachian Trail With A Dog?

It’s a whole other ballgame when hiking the Appalachian Trail with a dog, so when you’re planning for your trek, remember to take these tips, hints and rules into consideration. You’ll both be happier on your journey together when basic comfort, preparedness and adherence to the laws are maintained. Are Dogs Allowed On The Appalachian […]

10 Tips That Will Prepare You To Conquer an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Are you planning for the backpacking adventure of a lifetime? You’ll need to plan for more than just equipment and an itinerary. Conditioning your mind and your body is only the first thing to start prepping for. Check out these ten tips for helping you conquer an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. These 10 Tips Will Prepare You […]

How To Choose A Sleeping Bag For Backpacking (Essential Guide)

When hitting the trail for a couple days, or thru-hiking for much longer, choosing the right backpacking sleeping bag will be one of the most important factors in staying comfortable and warm. There’s much more than its weight to keep in mind. Read on to learn about the different bag types, temperature ratings and other crucial […]

This Is the Only Gear List You Need For the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is an extensive hiking trail which extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine. On average, it takes hikers six months to thru-hike the entire trail and that is only possible with the right equipment. In this article you'll discover which items make up the perfect Appalachian Trail gear […]

How to Prevent Blisters on Your Feet When Hiking

Blisters are a painful nuisance in any situation. Magnify by 1,000 when you have to keep going or when trekking on a thru-hike. Read on to discover how to prevent blisters on your feet when hiking, how to treat foot blisters and what causes blisters in the first place. How to Prevent Blisters on Your Feet […]

How To Stop Chafing Between Your Buttocks When You Hike

Got the chafe? You're not alone. Hikers frequently encounter the problem of a painful rash quickly spreading between their cheeks—and we aren’t talking about the ones on their faces. In this article we discuss what causes this irritable condition, various products and ointments to try out, and also how to stop chafing between buttocks altogether. […]

How To Choose A Backpacking Sleeping Pad (Essential Guide)

There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding what to bring when you venture out into the big, wide open. When trying to figure out how to choose a backpacking sleeping pad, it’s important to ask yourself which traits matter the most for your needs, for the best comfort and affordability. Things to […]

Backpacking Checklist

This backpacking checklist is a complete resource. This list will make sure you're well prepared for any backpacking trip you take. You might think, "Holy crap, that's a thorough list!" haha. And yes it is. That's because I want to make sure you have everything you need and don't forget anything important. Your Complete Backpacking […]

Ultralight Backpacking Guide (How to Easily Conquer Lightweight Hiking)

Last Updated: 12/11/16 - Every outdoor adventure starts with packing. Whether you are trying to conquer an enormous mountain or simply taking a walk in nature, you will require some supplies. However, the amount of supplies you need will depend on the length of the hike. When it comes to longer expeditions, experienced hikers know how […]

How To Choose A Backpacking Tent For Your Next Trek (Ultimate Guide)

Need help choosing a backpacking tent? We get it. New backpackers (and even some seasoned vets) are confused, and understandably so. There are a lot of important things to consider and sometimes it seems like the options are endless! Well, don't worry. Because in this ultimate guide you'll learn everything you need to know to choose […]

How To Choose A Backpack

Backpacking backpacks can be hard to choose from. Getting the right fit is critical. When you head off on a hiking adventure, you’ve got to bring all your own gear. That means trying different backpacking backpacks so you find one that fits your body and your needs. Initial Considerations Think about the length of your trip […]

How To Purify Water In 3 Minutes

Do you know how to purify water? No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you go on you have to know how to clean your water: it’s a useful skill that can make a difference in any kind of problem situation. Water Purification; Essential Wilderness Survival The human body can live for weeks without food, but […]

How to Hike the Appalachian Trail [The Definitive Guide]

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is one of the most adventurous things you can do in the U.S. It is an arduous but rewarding journey that will lead you across 14 different states. The trail spreads between Mount Katahdin, Maine and Springer Mountain, Georgia. Usually, it takes people around 6 months to finish it. The Appalachian […]

Beginner's Backpacking Guide

Are you a first time backpacker? When you plan for your first backpacking trip, you need to consider a lot of factors. The same goes for hiking, camping, and exploring trips. Well, never fear. Because I've put together this beginner's guide that will get you on the trail quick and easy. You'll spend less time […]

How to Build a Fire in 5 Minutes

Want to learn fire making basics? Want to build a fire without embarrassing yourself or burning your face off? haha Well, you're in the right place. Because I'm going to reveal simple but effective ways you can build a fire in 5 minutes or less. Now then...let's get to it! Fire Making Basics Quick reference: The 3 things […]

Lace Tying Techniques

Need some simple lace tying techniques to prevent blisters? Who doesn't? Because no matter how great your hiking boots are, there’s still a chance of getting blisters. Well, I've got good news for you. The lace tying techniques in this article will make you blister free. Read on to discover how... Lace Tying Techniques - Hike Longer With Less […]