Hiking

News & Tips: 16 Winter Hiking Boot Tips for the Beginner...
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16 Winter Hiking Boot Tips for the Beginner

January 26, 2017
Hikers love nature and getting outdoors away from the busy lives they lead. Communing with nature however does have its challenges, especially in winter for the beginning hiker. Learning how to keep…
News & Tips: Demystify Map and Compass With Easy Orienteering Tips Anyone Can Use...
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Demystify Map and Compass With Easy Orienteering Tips Anyone Can Use

November 7, 2014
Declination, triangulation, contour lines, scale … with lots of jargon and no “on/off” switch involved, navigation with a map and compass can be daunting for first-timers. But it doesn’t have to be.…
News & Tips: 7 Safety Tips You Need to See Before Your Next Fall Hike...
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7 Safety Tips You Need to See Before Your Next Fall Hike

October 5, 2014
The rain ended an hour before daylight, but the ground and brightly-colored leaf litter covering the forest floor remained wet. Rain water dripping off of the tree limbs was beginning to slow its…
News & Tips: How to Turn a Rainy Day Into an Incredible Hiking Experience...
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How to Turn a Rainy Day Into an Incredible Hiking Experience

September 26, 2014
Arrive at any trailhead, even popular ones, on a rainy day and your vehicle will likely be the only one there. Rainy days on the trail can be uncomfortable while backpacking, but for a day hike, don’…
News & Tips: 5 Ways to Avoid Crowds on Day Hikes
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5 Ways to Avoid Crowds on Day Hikes

September 5, 2014
    The popular sport of day hiking continues to attract those looking for a bit of adventure with limited time. On several recent day hikes at national and state parks, I've had plenty of company…
News & Tips: 5 Essential Items for Every Daypack
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5 Essential Items for Every Daypack

August 22, 2014
  Ascend D2400 DaypackAscend D2400 Daypack   Day hiking for most folks is a much needed, quick getaway from life's demands. An easy walk along a paved trail at a metro park or a 3- or 4-mile trek up…
News & Tips: The Importance of Timing Your Hike Right...
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The Importance of Timing Your Hike Right

August 8, 2014
Just like your mother told you before you left the house for an evening of fun with your buddies: "Be back on time or else!" She was adamant about being on time for several reasons, primarily for…
News & Tips: How to Section Hike to Conquer Long Trails You Normally Couldn’t...
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How to Section Hike to Conquer Long Trails You Normally Couldn’t

July 4, 2014
Regarding life in general, most of us struggle to find time to do the things we truly enjoy. Hikers of all ranges commonly wish for more trail time. And for the many of those hikers, the big trails…
News & Tips: Take Your Kids on Night Hikes & Open Whole New World to Hiking...
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Take Your Kids on Night Hikes & Open Whole New World to Hiking

June 20, 2014
Several years ago, me, the wife and our two kids attended an organized night hike at a nearby arboretum. The kids were only in their single digit years but were no stranger to hiking. Most of their…
News & Tips: Hiking the Blue Spring Trail in the Missouri Ozarks...
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Hiking the Blue Spring Trail in the Missouri Ozarks

June 12, 2014
Missouri isn't called the "Trail State" for nothing. Trails abound all across the Show Me State, but especially in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. Trails may be found in the region's state parks,…
News & Tips: 8 Types of Hikers: Which One Are You?
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8 Types of Hikers: Which One Are You?

May 13, 2014
If you’re a hiker, you've already set yourself apart from the hoards of people that never leave the parking lot. But even among those who love to cover miles of trail there is a lot of diversity of…
News & Tips: Trash Management on the Trail
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Trash Management on the Trail

May 2, 2014
Maneuvering along a hiking trail and "in the zone" with the natural surroundings can be quickly interrupted by a small piece of trash left by humans. Such a little piece of evidence of…