Six Important Reasons Why Camping is Good For You
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Six Important Reasons Why Camping is Good For You

Camping magazines and brochures always suggest that camping is healthy for all of us. They use words like ‘fresh air’ alongside idyllic pictures of children smiling and playing in green meadows or woodlands. But is camping beneficial to our health? The easy answer to that is yes. Here’s the science behind why the body will…

Best Hiking Watch with Compass
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Best Hiking Watch with Compass

According to research conducted by SmokyMountains.com, wandering off the trail ranks as the number one problem faced by hikers. Based on over 100 news reports for the past 25 years, the study shows that getting lost in the wilderness and national parks in North America is very common. Yosemite National Forest Search and Rescue study…

What To Do If You Are Caught In a Thunderstorm While Hiking

What To Do If You Are Caught In a Thunderstorm While Hiking

As I get ready for my trip to Lake Shore Trail MI a lot of questions have been flooding my mind. Since this is my first multi-day backpacking trip I want to be prepared for the situations I will encounter. I know I can’t prepare for everything, unexpected things will probably happen at some point,…

How Many Miles Can You Hike In a Day? Backpacking Basics
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How Many Miles Can You Hike In a Day? Backpacking Basics

When I first started reading books about thru-hiking and learning about the Pacific Crest Trail I realized how common it was for people to hike 20 miles in a day. As a beginner to multi-day backpacking, I wondered how many miles I’d be able to hike in a day. I think I over-estimated this number…

How Many Miles Should A Beginner Hike?
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How Many Miles Should A Beginner Hike?

While I’m not a beginner hiker I am a fairly new backpacker—In that most of my hikes have been done on a single day. I’m preparing for a 42-mile backpacking trip to Michigan and find myself wondering what a good number of miles would be to hike each day. I’ve done some research and in…

7 Truths That Take the ‘Weird’ Out Of Hiking Alone
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7 Truths That Take the ‘Weird’ Out Of Hiking Alone

Is it weird to hike alone? That’s what I asked myself before my first solo backpacking trip. At first, I didn’t think much of it. I wanted to go on a backpacking trip but didn’t have any friends that were into backpacking. In reality, I guess I didn’t have very many friends at all—just a…