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The 6 Best Tents For Windy Conditions (Strong Tents That Hold Up)

East-gate of Sarek. Courtesy of Fabian/flickr Looking for a tent that holds up in strong winds? Windy conditions are definitely something to consider. Because should you encounter strong winds when camping, you want to feel confident that your tent has the strength to remain standing (and not be blown down!). We’ve researched what aspects of […]

The 6 Best Backpacking Tents For 2018 (Essential Review)

Looking for a great backpacking tent? Itching for your next adventure? We get it. Backpacking offers the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness without the hustle and bustle of a campground. The thing is…it can be hard to know where to start when choosing the right tent for your needs. But fortunately, we have done the […]

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 […]

The 6 Best Hiking Boots For Women (In 2018)

Looking for the best women’s hiking boots? Are you ready to toss out your tatty old hiking boots and spring for a brand new pair? Yes? Well, we know how you feel. But hold on, you can’t just order the first boots you spot. With our guide and review you’ll know exactly what to look […]

The 6 Best Hiking Boots For Men (In 2018)

Looking for some new hiking boots? Well, men, you’re in luck because we’ve tested, and reviewed, the latest and greatest hiking boots on the market. Plus, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about selecting the right fit, with the right traction, and fabrics for your adventure. Read on to discover the best hiking […]

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 […]

The 6 Best Tactical Hiking Boots for Men (Top Picks for 2018)

Those in the military wear tactical boots for long hours in unpredictable conditions. If military boots can handle tromping in the desert and swamps during combat, they should be tough enough for your long treks outdoors. We’ll show you what to keep your eyes out for, along with our picks for best tactical hiking boots […]

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 […]

6 Best Hiking Boots & Shoes For Bunions (Women’s & Men’s)

So you have a bunion. Or two. Finding trail shoes that fit and are comfortable is a challenge in itself. Choosing a hiking boot when you have a bunion or are prone to them is worse. We know this because we have bunions too; even the founder of this site has a bunion! So helping […]

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 […]

The 6 Best Camping Tents For 2018 (Essential Review)

We take it you are in the market for a new adventure shelter? We understand it’s hard to choose with over a hundred options and endless brands trying to win you over with their new, techy tent. Well look no further, we researched, tried, and tested the best tents for camping on the market today. […]

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) […]

Boys Hiking Boots: The 6 Best Picks For 2018

A hard working, sturdy pair of boots are going to be your best friend when you take your boys tromping through the countryside. But hunting down the perfect pair of hiking boots for your micro mountaineer can be daunting. That is especially true when you realize proper, blister-combating boots could be the difference between reaching […]

Girls’ Hiking Boots: The 6 Best Picks For 2018

Sometimes those paper-light Payless sneakers aren’t going to cut it when it comes to trail blazing. And if your pint-sized adventurer plans on hitting the trails just like mom and dad, or chasing crows down by the river for hours, you’re going to need a reliable boot that can keep your kiddo’s toes comfy and […]

The 6 Best Mountaineering Boots For Men (Essential Review)

When traversing difficult terrain in a variety of conditions, a great pair of mountaineering boots are imperative. With the right boots, you will be prepared for what you encounter, keeping you not just warm and comfortable, but safe. Finding the best mountaineering boots is key for your upcoming adventures. Top 3 Quick Comparison: Best Mountaineering […]

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 […]

The 6 Best Men’s Winter Hiking Boots (Essential Review)

When embarking on outdoor adventures in the winter, the right pair of hiking boots will often make the difference between a great time and a miserable experience. It is therefore important for guys looking to enjoy time on the trails in cold weather to find the best men’s winter hiking boots. Top 3 Quick Comparison: […]

The 6 Best Women’s Winter Hiking Boots (Essential Review)

Greetings intrepid ladies! We take it you are shopping around for a brand new pair of winter hiking boots? But how do you determine the top-rated backpacking boot? Should you get a pair of Merrels? Asolo Attivas? Salomons? Or can you just say screw it and grab a boot out of the men’s section? Top […]

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 […]

8 Best DSLR Camera Lenses for Wildlife Photography (Amazing Results!)

When you’re in nature with nothing but the pack on your back and a camera in-hand, and you come across one of those perfect moments, you’ll want to be carrying one of the best wildlife photography lenses. One of the primary reasons to use a DSLR for wildlife photography is the interchangeable lens system. It […]

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. […]

The 6 Best Waterproof Hiking Boots For Women (Essential Review)

Besides severe injuries, there aren’t a lot of things that can take the wind out of your hiking sails like a pair of soaking wet feet. It causes all sorts of nastiness, and can definitely start to slow you down. Especially if you’re hiking in a colder climate, it can be downright dangerous, not just […]

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 […]

The 6 Best Hiking Shoes for the Appalachian Trail (Essential Review)

Looking for the perfect shoes to tackle the Appalachian Trail? You’re in the right place. The A.T. has called out to countless people over the years, and many have accepted the challenge. Roughly 25% of people who set out to hike the entire distance end up completing their goal. That is higher than you might […]

The 6 Best Hiking Boots for the Appalachian Trail (Essential Review)

If you’re thinking about hitting the Appalachian Trail, you are wise to be researching your gear and supplies first. It’s an incredibly demanding hike, both mentally and physically, and this preparation and research that you’re doing now can truly mean the difference between life and death. Your boots will be carrying you the whole way, […]

Best Hiking Boots for Wide Feet: Men and Women’s Top Choices

​Have wide feet and looking for the perfect boots? We understand. There’s nothing like finally getting out on the trail and beginning your hike… …but if the boots you’re wearing are too narrow, even a quick hike can feel like an eternity (for all the wrong reasons.) What should be a fun trek turns into a […]

3 Best DSLR Cameras for Wildlife Photography [Read Before Buying]

Ron Lacey/flickr Looking for the best wildlife camera? DSLR Cameras are the top choice among professionals for wildlife photography. Capturing animals in their natural habitat and behaving naturally requires fast auto focus, long telephoto lenses, great low light performance and a durable camera you can carry into any environment. Similar to sports photography, wildlife photography […]

Gear Review: Salomon Conquest GTX Boots

Wondering if Salomon Conquest GTX boots are for you? I get it…. Finding a comfortable pair of hiking boots to stand up to the elements of nature with an affordable price tag is pretty tough. That’s one reason I’m writing this Salomon Conquest GTX Boots Review, to point out the cream of the crop before you start getting frustrated! I’m […]

Gear Review: Osprey Atmos 65 Ag Backpack

Just like a new pair of shoes, it’s tough to know if a backpack is the right fit for you until you’ve tried it on and walked a few dozen miles. Sometimes you’ve just gotta get past the blisters to find your perfect pair! Same goes for a backpack and that’s why I’m writing this Osprey Atmos […]

Gear Review: 5 Best Backpacking Headlamps

Are you interested in the best backpacking headlamps? Choosing the best backpacking headlamps for hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures isn’t as easy as many people think. It’s confusing if you don’t know what you are looking for. What’s your budget? Do you prefer a brand name? Does it have to be multi-function or is simple better? There’s so much […]

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Mattress

This sea to summit comfort light insulated review will give you the information you need to try out what I believe, through experience, is one of the best insulated backpacking mattresses on the market! Insulated Air Mattress Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Air Mattress 1 lb. 5 oz. (regular, including stuff sack) Sizes: small […]

5 Best Rain Jackets for Hiking

Are you interested in the best rain jackets for hiking? Shopping for the perfect rain jacket isn’t easy. And if you go looking for a good 3-season jacket it can get downright overwhelming. In general the prices range from one hundred to four hundred dollars; and the weight can go from next to nothing to more than a pound. […]

Popular Tents, Bivy Sacks, And Tent Accessories

It’s that time of the year when we look at the most popular tents, bivy sacks, and tent accessories, chosen by our readers over the last few months. The following is a compilation of the most purchased gear on Amazon – by our community. 1) Tents Expedition Tents MSR leads the popular tent category for expedition […]

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 […]

10 Best Hiking Vacations In The World

Hiking vacations are a fabulous way to reconnect with yourself through nature. Where you don’t have to function in the techno-stress world we live in today. Time for you to unwind and get healthy; mind, body, and soul! Whether you are hitting the trails with your family, a group of friends, or perhaps your hiking club, there […]

These 10 Exhilarating Adventure Vacations In California Are An Absolute Must-Do

Adventure vacations in California is a lot more than just beaches and movie stars. So much to do and so little time is what comes to mind! Exhilarating adventure vacations in red-hot California that you just can’t pass up! There’s stunning natural attractions, Disneyland and adventure parks, majestic mountains, wineries, and of course the hustle and bustle […]

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