Preparing for your next hike? Don’t forget these apps!

Hiking is a great physical and leisure activity that can be enjoyed by people of varying fitness levels. Statista documented there is currently 34.38 million active hikers in the U.S. alone, demonstrating the popularity of this outdoor activity as a pastime. But whether you are an experienced hiker that has an impeccable sense of direction and dependable instincts, there are still several mobile apps that you should consider downloading before your next adventure. Smartphones are the compasses of the 21st century. Owners and operators of mobile casino brand PocketFruity revealed that there were one billion smartphone users by the end of 2012, a number that’s said to surpass the two billion mark in 2016. The explosion in smartphone … [Read more...]

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Some of these "Camping Hacks" are pretty good.  I'm definitely going to try #9 "Make crescent rolls over the campfire" on our next trip... The complete list of camping hacks are at this link.... http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius   … [Read more...]

Pacific Crest Trail DVD Just Released

Just got this DVD in the mail yesterday about the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and look forward to watching it.  It's received solid reviews from some respected members of the Trail community.  So I made the purchase.  I'm sure it will spark a desire to do another thru-hike - although taking six months off to walk in the woods will not fly the Mrs.! Follow a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike every year. Armed with cameras, they give us an insider's view into what it takes to spend half a year living in the wild. … [Read more...]

GPS units v’s Smartphone apps

I have used both stand-alone GPS units and Smartphone apps on the trail and have yet to resolve which is better.  For short day hikes - the Smartphone apps win hands down for convenience and their instant access to trail databases from companies like the North Face.  But in the backcountry?  I tend to agree with this assessment by Backpacker Magazine gear editor, Kristin Hostetter: In a nutshell, here are the pros of using a smartphone with a navigation app: great for local hikes, daily activity mapping like runs and bike rides, perfect for snapping and georeferencing photos on the go. Maps are seamless and less expensive that what you will pay for expensive map packages from the standalone GPS dealers.   And here are … [Read more...]

How To Start A Fire With A Bag Of Doritos….

In Scouts we were taught to start a fire with two matches, with batteries, steel wool, cotton/vaseline, and by rubbing two sticks together.  But this is one thing that didn't make the Scout Handbook:  … [Read more...]

Backpacking Sleeping Pillows w/ Glenn (aka The Helmet)

In this video, Glenn (aka The Helmet) shows us two camping pillows that are compact, lightweight, and suitable for the backcountry. You can follow this link for more information on backpacking sleeping pillows, or click here for more information on this hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail near the Toccoa River. … [Read more...]

The Appalachian Trail – “No fun, No finish”

National Parks Traveler recently published an article titled Hiking The Appalachian National Scenic Trail: It Takes More Heart than Heel".  and it was stated that ...   the key to success for young people is to keep the distractions down. The more you stay on the trail, the better. If you go into town too much, you're spending money, maybe on alcohol, and you're not hiking.   Well - you definitely spend money in town, and some thru-hikers definitely throw back a beer or two while there (this one included) - but exploring the trail towns along the A.T. is a big part of the experience.  In fact, some of my most memborable moments were in the trail towns with other thru-hikers.  My personal favorites?  … [Read more...]

Video: How To Size a Sleeping Bag

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How to Find Inexpensive Hiking Gear

I love hiking, I love hiking gear and I start getting pretty excited when spring is only a short while away and we can get into our hiking mode with more gusto. Admittedly I am not a lover of winter hiking for more than a day hike so I really look forward to the warmer weather, especially since we live along the Pacific Westcoast. I don't love hanging out in malls or shopping endlessly for clothes but put me in a camping, hiking and outdoor store and I feel right at home and my adrenaline starts rushing at the sights of new gear and gadgets. The smell of the latest and greatest, what new pot set has MSR got this year? What are the new features on the Osprey backpacks that mine doesn't have? Maybe we need more titanium kitchenware? But … [Read more...]

Video: How To Stay Warm in a Sleeping Bag

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