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Lisa Maloney

Updated Articles and Resources

By Lisa Maloney

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • That's a Wrap: Day 4 of the Outdoor Retailer 2014 Summer Market Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      It's the last day of Outdoor Retailer's 2014 Summer Market! Check out the most eye-catching gear (and snacks).
    • Hot Gear From Day 3 of the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Created: Sunday, August 10, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      It's round three! A collection of the most interesting gear at Day 3 of the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.
    • Standout Gear From Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer's Summer Market Created: Saturday, August 09, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      A look at the most eye-catching gear from Outdoor Retailer's 2014 Summer Market.
    • Interesting Gear From Day 1 of Outdoor Retailer's 2014 Summer Market Created: Thursday, August 07, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      A roundup of hiking gear that caught my eye on the showroom floor during day 1 of Outdoor Retailer's 2014 Summer Market.
    • Long-Distance Speed-Hiking Records Created: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      A collection of supported and unsupported (or self-supported) speed records on the most notable through hikes in the United States.
    • Toilet Essentials for Hikers Created: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Wondering how to handle bodily functions in the outdoors? Here's a guide to both the how and the why.
    • How to Hike Alone Created: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Sticking with a group is the safest way to travel, and I definitely don't advocate hiking alone. But I'm as guilty of breaking my own rules as anyone who's ever given the same advice. So if you're determined to go it solo, here's how to cut your risks as much as possible.
    • What to Take on Your First Dayhike Created: Thursday, July 05, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      These are the essentials you should always have in your pack, even on short day hikes (and the start of a packing list for long hikes or overnight trips).
    • On Minimalist Hiking Created: Friday, May 31, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Minimalist hiking may be a trend now, but it was once as simple as traipsing around in water shoes. Here are the nuts and bolts of hitting the trail in barely-there footwear, plus where to look for minimalist shoes.
    • How to Try On Hiking Boots and Shoes Created: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      The very best hiking boots or shoes are the ones that fit you perfectly. No need to wait for Prince (or Princess) Charming to show up with a glass slipper -- I'll show you how to test your hiking shoes and boots for the right fit, right now.
    • Making the Most of a Guided Hike Created: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Guided hikes are a great way for beginners -- or experienced hikes on unfamiliar ground -- to get out and explore. Here's how to make the most of them.
    • Getting the Most Out of an Avalanche Safety Course Created: Thursday, November 14, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Not all avalanche safety classes are suited to hikers. Here's how to find one that is, then make the most of it.
    • What to Do If You Get Lost on a Hike Created: Thursday, July 05, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 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.
    • Backpacks By the Numbers: Sizing and Buying Guide Created: Monday, September 30, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      When it comes to choosing a backpack, your hiking style and the length of your planned trip will determine which size you need.
    • Scrambling for Hikers Created: Sunday, June 30, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Scrambling is usually a rock climber's territory -- but every so often hikers may find themselves scrambling, too. And that means handling a few concerns that climbers usually don't have to worry about.
    • Weatherproof Gear: Your Mobile Protection Against the Elements Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      The best outer layers you can wear for hiking are weatherproof -- but what, exactly, does that mean? -- find out here.
    • What is a Soft-Shell Jacket? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Wondering what a soft-shell jacket is? I explain the difference between a hard shell and a soft shell, and compare their relative merits.
    • What is a Hard-Shell Jacket? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Get the scoop on what a hard-shell jacket is, when it's preferable to a soft shell, and how hard shells are changing with the times.
    • All About Waterproof Hiking Gear Created: Sunday, December 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Waterproof hiking gear is pretty much what it sounds like -- but there are a few catches.
    • What Breathability Means and Why it Matters for Hikers Created: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Why breathability matters for hikers, how it's measured, and what it means in terms of choosing outerwear.
    • What Are Pit Zips and Why Are They Still Around? Created: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Although not as common as they once were, you'll still find pit zips on many hard-shell jackets.
    • Printable Packing List for a Dayhike Created: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      A printable packing list for dayhiking in mild weather.
    • Navigating Downhill Slopes Gracefully Created: Monday, March 11, 2013 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Hiking downhill isn't always the easiest part of a trek. Learn tips for getting down even the steepest of hikes safely.
    • How to Try on Hiking Jackets Created: Saturday, September 22, 2012 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 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: Sunday, August 10, 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."
    • Nifty Things You Can Do With a Bandana Created: Monday, September 23, 2013 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014
      From trail marker to sun protection, bandanas have nearly unlimited uses on the trail.
    • How to Put on Gaiters Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 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: Saturday, August 09, 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: Saturday, August 09, 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: Saturday, August 09, 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." Sunday, April 10, 2011 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014
      Head out on Zion National Park's top 5 hikes. Take these trails and you'll experience Zion hiking at its very best.
    • Light Hiking Shoe Review: Chaco Touraine Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014
      One hiker's assessment of a women's hiking shoe: the breathable Chaco Touraine.

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