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Updated Articles and Resources

By Lisa Maloney

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • From Dayhiker to Backpacker in 3 Easy Steps Created: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Wondering how to make the switch from dayhikes to overnight outings? Here's how to get the right gear, pack it into a stable load, and make your first dry run before you hit the backcountry.
    • Backpacks By the Numbers: Sizing and Buying Guide Created: Monday, September 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      When it comes to choosing a backpack, your hiking style and the length of your planned trip will determine which size you need.
    • What to Look for in a Sleeping Bag Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Buying a sleeping bag is pretty straightforward, but there are a few important decisions you have to make along the way -- here's a guide to all of them in one place.
    • How Long Should My Trekking Poles Be? Created: Thursday, July 05, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Do this quick, simple test anywhere -- in the store or on the trail -- to figure out if your trekking poles are the right size." itemprop="description">
    • 6 Tips for Happy Spring Hiking Created: Thursday, April 18, 2013 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Spring hikes can provide the best -- and worst -- of both winter and summer. Here's how to pack, plan, and dress so you stay warm and comfortable on the trail.
    • How to Put on Gaiters Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Hiking in gaiters keeps snow and mud from creeping up your pants or down into your boots -- but how do you put them on? Find out which way is up and where to put all those buckles.
    • Help! My Hiking Boots Keep Coming Untied! Created: Sunday, March 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Do your hiking boots constantly come untied? Good news -- this is an easy problem to fix.
    • Should I Buy Waterproof Hiking Boots? Created: Sunday, March 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      If having waterproof hiking boots really an advantage? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Here's how to decide whether you should buy waterproof footwear or not.
    • How to File a Hiking Trip Plan Created: Sunday, March 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      You're always told to file a trip plan -- but what exactly does that mean? Here's a guide to what information you should leave with a trusted contact person, just in case." Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      You have dozens of types of outerwear to choose from, and most of them cost a pretty penny. Here's how to try on hiking jackets, and make sure the one you buy fits both you and your needs.
    • Hiking With a Dog Created: Sunday, October 23, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Hiking with a dog is a great chance to give your dog exercise and keep him or her stimulated. Simple precautions and planning will ensure that both you and your dog are safe on the trail."
    • Zion National Park's Top 5 Hikes Created: Sunday, April 10, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Head out on Zion National Park's top 5 hikes. Take these trails and you'll experience Zion hiking at its very best.
    • Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center's Accessible Trails Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      A look behind the scenes of the accessible hiking trails at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire.
    • A Review of the Woolx X552 Base Layer Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      The midweight Woolx X552 top excels in fit, comfort and temperature regulation, and when paired with a soft-shell jacket is comfortable in 20- to 25-degree weather, as long as you're moving.
    • Which Sleeping Pad Should I Buy? Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Confused by all the different types of backpacking sleeping pads out there? Here's what you need to know about which type -- and size -- to buy.
    • 3 Rules for Packing Your Backpack Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      How to pack a backpack efficiently -- keeping everything you need within easy reach, and organized so that it rides comfortably as you hike.
    • How to Attach Hiking Poles to Your Backpack Created: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Hiking poles sure come in handy -- until you don't need them anymore, at which point they become a big nuisance. Here's how to attach them to your backpack so you can go back to hiking hands-free.
    • Gear Review: The Craghoppers Jenica Stretch Jacket Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      An experienced hiker reviews the Jenica Stretch jacket, from the UK-based company Craghoppers.
    • A Review of Hillsound's Super Armadillo Nano Gaiter Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      A review of the first zip-up gaiter I've ever encountered: The Hillsound Super Armadillo Nano Gaiter.
    • Merino Wool vs. Synthetic Fabrics: Which is Best? Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      If you can't wear cotton for a hike, what should you wear? Either wool or synthetics; here's how they measure up.
    • Headlamp Etiquette for Hikers Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Updated: Thursday, March 20, 2014
      Headlamps are great tools for getting around at night, doing camp tasks -- or blinding other hikers. Don't do that last one.
    • Can Women Pee in a Bottle While Backpacking? Created: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      Peeing in a bottle might come naturally to guys, but don't worry -- women can do it too. Here's how to handle going number one when you don't want to -- or can't -- crawl out of the tent.
    • 3 Tips to Make Your Sleeping Bag Last Longer Created: Friday, March 14, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      If you don't take proper care of your sleeping bag, it won't keep you as warm. Here are three tips for making sure this vital piece of gear remains in tip-top condition.
    • 6 Things Hiking Can Do for You Created: Saturday, February 15, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Hiking is more than just a stroll in the woods! Here are six healthy benefits you can expect when you spend regular time on the trail.
    • Daily Deal Sites That Feature Hiking Gear Created: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      These sites frequently offer hiking gear and gadgets at steeply discounted prices. But watch out -- the best deals go incredibly fast!
    • Tips for Hiking in the Rain Created: Saturday, August 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014
      Hiking in the rain doesn't have to be a miserable experience. The key is to dress properly, pack properly, and bring the right comfort items.
    • What to Do If You Get Lost on a Hike Created: Thursday, July 05, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      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.
    • How to Pick the Best Campsite Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      Choosing a good campsite is mostly common sense, but you need to watch out for these safety and comfort factors too.
    • 5 Safety Tips for Hikers Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      If you're prepared, you don't have to stress -- you can just enjoy your hike. Use these tips to be proactive about safety on the trail.
    • How to Get in Shape for Hiking Created: Saturday, February 15, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 01, 2014
      Hiking is great exercise in its own right -- but if you want to get ready for a tough hike, some cross-training may be in order!
    • 4 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Hiking Boots Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Saturday, March 01, 2014
      Don't throw out those old hiking boots yet! Here are four ways you can squeeze a little -- or sometimes a lot -- more life out of them.
    • 5 Ways to Tweak Your Hiking Boots Created: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, March 01, 2014
      Problem laces? Not enough cushioning in the soles? Here's a collection of methods for tweaking your hiking boots to solve these and other common problems.

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