25 Habits of Highly Effective Hikers Backpacker Magazine – August 2008 by: Michael Lanza, Illustrations by Colin Hayes Some people just have more fun. 1. >> The best adventures rarely happen spontaneously–you make them happen. >> Plan the details months in advance. 2. >> Plan well in advance so you have time to find the best companions. >> Communicate the details and difficulties of your proposed trip to prospective partners. >> Agree on training goals for demanding hikes. >> Ask potential companions about prior trips. >> New partner? 4. >> Identify five destinations within an hour of home for dayhikes and overnights. >> Make sure your gear is organized in one place (a big plastic bin in the garage, say). >> Keep camp foods–dry goods like pasta and rice, fixings for a simple dinner and breakfast, and perishables like cheese–on hand so you can take off on short notice. >> Set hiking dates with friends or family so you hold each other to it. >> Make sure you wear boots that are appropriate for the terrain and load.
How to Travel Very Lightly To our friends and family, my husband and I are freaks of nature. We can travel for three months at a time sharing one medium sized backpack and two small daypacks between us. This is unfathomable to most people, who cannot conceive of leaving their house without half their closet, the entire contents of their bathroom cabinets, and their complete collections of gadgets. I have had my own luggage dilemmas. While traveling alone for four months through Southeast Asia, I decided to err on the side of caution and plan for every eventuality. So I decided from then on out, I’m done packing for every possible scenario. Luckily, my husband is the original light packer and multi-tasker, so we are the perfect travel team. Why it’s important to travel lightly Traveling should be about freedom, enjoying new adventures, experiencing other cultures and a change of scenery, but for many people it is about anxiety, insecurity and fear of the unknown. Why you don’t need all that stuff How to do it Packing
Mangan's 10 Essentials for Happy Hiking Most of these aren’t essential for survival; they’re essential to me for having a good time on on a hike. (The official survival essentials are listed at the end) 1. A water supply It’s not just a matter of carrying enough water — you need access to more if you run out. That means two things: a) letting your water supply determine your hike length (turning back when it’s half-gone, for example); and b) having a plan for running dry. There’s a whole industry built around keeping you hydrated. Availability of water is as integral to a hike plan as distance, elevation gain and altitude. Water should never be far from your mind … but you don’t want to be in a situation where it’s all you think about, though, because that usually means you’re all out. 2. The most basic risk of hiking is getting lost. It doesn’t really matter what kind of map you have, so long as it tells you where to turn to get back where you came from. 3. The fabric closest to your feet has the most impact on them. 4. 5. 6. 7.
What Food Should You Take Hiking? - Walking And Hiking (UK) Author: Chris Nickson - Updated: 8 July 2013| Comment Hiking consumes calories – that’s a no-brainer, really. But it also means you should have food with you to replace some of those calories when you take breaks on your walk. Now, obviously that doesn’t meant loading down your backpack with burgers and chips. So what are the best things to take, and what are the good eating strategies? Before You Go Hiking People have sung the praises of a good breakfast for many years, and they’re correct – the right breakfast can help set you up for the day. You also need to make sure you have ample water with you – and drink it while you walk. Good Hiking Foods Chocolate can provide a good burst of energy, of course, so it’s worth having a small bar or two at the bottom of your backpack. Sunflower seeds are high in calories, and you can munch them as you walk, no need to take a break (although regular breaks are a good thing for most people). What about energy bars? Food For Longer Hikes Title: Notify:
Gourmet backpacking dinner recipes: Hobo Dinner Interested in uplifting stories on the natural world, sustainable communities, simple food, and new thinking on how to live well? Please enter a valid email address and try again! No thanks Hiking Lady's How To Videos | Hiking Lady I receive lots of questions about hiking gear usage, boot fitting and lacing, gear maintenance, and more! With all of that inspiration I regularly put together write-ups and how to videos. If there are certain things you want to see let me know and I will write about the most popular topics you ask about! Happy trails! How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters One of the most asked questions from Hiking Lady readers! How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System!
Extreme Minimalism, A Minimalist Project of Travel and Discovey I’ve drawn an unusual amount of attention to my minimalism project this week. First, Dan Patterson of ABC Radio News interviewed me about my 15 things. Dan is one of those amazing interviewers that you wish you were just watching instead of getting interviewed by. Each question was eloquent and succinct. Then came a post by Scott at LaughingSquid, which really showed me the power of Tumblr. That night I had drinks with someone who had seen the story (on Reddit, which I can’t find), and I realized the story had spread. Alex Hillman let me crash on his couch after a panel last week on Rethinking Shelter at P’unk Avenue. The winning caption in a contest is “floordrobe.” The first question someone asks me when I tell them about the project is “How do you define something you own?” I don’t have a permanent address or a second pair of jeans. It’s how I imagine telling someone my child’s name would feel like. So, back to everything I own. Coffee cup? Here is the list, as of May 2, 2011.
Shenandoah National Park - Backcountry Camping - Beginner Trips New and Beginner Backpacking Trips Using Campgrounds Is this your first time backpacking? Perhaps you are trying out new equipment? Someone in your group is new to backpacking or nervous? Is this the first time out with your children? There are a number of situations where planning your backpacking trip around staying in a campground makes the most sense. Learning how to backpack and backcountry camp all at the same time can be overwhelming and often leads to unintentional resource damage. (For those of you wanting real luxury, backpacking to lodges or cabins in Shenandoah National Park is also an option, but isn't covered here.)
Practical Advice - Backpacking: A Packing List Trail Food Thru-hikers never stop talking about food. We relive our finest food indulges at every turn, and plan in detail what food is to be eaten at the next town. After eating dehydrated meals and dried fruit for a week or more, sitting down in a restaurant to a hot meal is a near-religious experience. advertisement More than perhaps any other outdoor activity, backpacking rewards the efficient packer and punishes the overpacker. It's also good to compartmentalize when packing by putting similar items in individual bags. The BasicsBackpack (3,000 to 5,000 cubic inches)Sleeping bag (rated to 20 to 50F)Sleeping padTwo-person tent/tarp Eating and Drinking2 one-liter water bottlesWater purification (filter, iodine, or bleach)Stove and fuelWind screen (to protect the stove flame, constructed out of aluminum foil)Pot/pan with lidWaterproof matches and lighterCup or mugLightweight bowl and spoonMulti-tool or utility knifeScraper for cleaning pot
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