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3 Rules for Packing Your Backpack

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There's nothing worse than being that guy in the picture. So don't! Use these three rules for packing your gear into a secure, stable load.

Decisions, Decisions!
Hiking Spotlight10

Here Comes the Sun!

Sunday April 20, 2014

Food -- check. Water -- check. Emergency shelter, even if it's just a space blanket -- check. But sun protection? In my totally non-scientific opinion, sun protection is one of the most commonly neglected components of the ten essentials. And that's a big mistake. Read More...

Making the Most of a Guided Hike

Saturday April 19, 2014

If you're brand new to hiking, taking a guided hike is a great way to build confidence and inspiration, getting farther afield than you may have felt comfortable going on your own. But even experienced hikers shouldn't automatically poo-poo the idea -- if you're exploring a totally new climate or terrain type, taking a guided outing to learn the ropes from a local is actually a pretty good idea. Read More...

What's That? It's a Bird, It's a... Yup, It's a Bird.

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Ptarmigan in alpine tundraBirding and hiking enjoy a nice synchronicity. It's easy (almost obligatory!) for a hobbyist of either activity to pick up the other as a habit -- and from a hiker's viewpoint, it's exciting to have some idea of what that beautiful winged creature you're watching -- or listening to -- may be. Read More...

Coming Next Weekend: Free Access to All National Parks!

Saturday April 12, 2014

According to the good folks at the National Park Foundation, "every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience." Well, I know some folks in rural Alaska who would disagree with that! Read More...

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