Have you ever gone out on a new loop trail that you thought you could tackle in a few hours, and then it's lunch time and you wish your granola bar was a sandwich and your car still seems miles away? If so, chances are, you haven't thought enough about hiking pace.
Hiking is a fantastic complete body workout. Primarily hiking is lower body and core workout, but can also be an upper body workout, i.e. using trekking poles while hiking. Nature’s numerous obstacles, inclines and descents all work simultaneously to take on different muscle groups in varying ways.
Cooking can be incredibly enjoyable, especially when outdoors. However, when you’re out there and you have a lot of other gear to bring, you don’t really get to have the luxury of bringing the entire kitchen with you.
If you’re just hiking on a short solo trip, then you might not need anything more than a titanium cup and a spork. However, if you’re backpacking with a group, you would need more cooking pieces.
When hiking, your hiking boots are one of the essentials that you cannot overlook. Even great-fitting and well-made boots need to get adjusted with your feet. If you take the time to break in your new pair of hiking boots, you will enjoy many more comfortable and trouble-free miles out on the trail!
The best way to train for hiking is to simulate the activity as closely as possible. The amount of preparation you need depends on your present fitness and the kinds of hiking terrains you have planned to take on.
Who doesn’t like hammocks? They are undeniable one of the most relaxing ways to grab some shut-eye after a long day on the trail.
These hanging slings are one of the best examples of a minimalist shelter. They require no ground preparation, leveling, or staking. When used with a eco-friendly suspension system, hammocks don’t affect the natural environment.
Needless to say, the smaller your "footprint" you leave in camp, the less likely you are to impact plants or wildlife.