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Hypothermia: It Can Still Happen

mountain climber shivering in cold

Yup -- even at the peak of summer, and especially during the long slide into autumn and winter. Here's how to avoid it.

Safety 201
Hiking Spotlight10

What is a Soft-Shell Jacket?

Wondering what a soft-shell jacket is? I explain the difference between a hard shell and a soft shell, and compare their relative merits.

Toilet Essentials for Hikers

Wondering how to handle bodily functions in the outdoors? Here's a guide to both the how and the why.

What to Do If You Get Lost on a Hike

Getting lost on a hike is scary, but preventable. Here's what you can do beforehand to prepare for the possibility, and how to handle it once you realize you're lost.

All About Waterproof Hiking Gear

Waterproof hiking gear is pretty much what it sounds like -- but there are a few catches.

Hypothermia: It Can Still Happen

Hypothermia can happen during any time of year. Here's a recap of how to avoid it, plus a link to basic symptoms and treatment.

How to Handle Exposed Terrain on a Hike

Some of the most spectacular hiking trails have exposed sections, where the consequences of a fall can be severe. Handling such terrain isn't just a physical challenge -- it's a mental challenge too.

What Are Pit Zips and Why Are They Still Around?

Although not as common as they once were, you'll still find pit zips on many hard-shell jackets.

Backpacks By the Numbers: Sizing and Buying Guide

When it comes to choosing a backpack, your hiking style and the length of your planned trip will determine which size you need.

What Breathability Means and Why it Matters for Hikers

Why breathability matters for hikers, how it's measured, and what it means in terms of choosing outerwear.

Printable Packing List for a Dayhike

A printable packing list for dayhiking in mild weather.

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