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After a long winter and a troubled early-spring, we're all chomping at the bit to get outside. We recommend going full-on, if you've got the gear. The only way to go is an overnight backpacking adventure! Here, we feature some of the best overnight backpacking trails in the United States’ national parks. 1. LYELL CANYON-VOGELSANG LOOP, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA The Lyell Canyon-Vogelsang Loop Trail takes two to three days. The trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail, so you’re likely...
The Stay-at-Home orders many of us are dealing with may have messed up our backpacking and camping plans for this spring. But that doesn't mean we can't still have a camping experience right in our own back yards. Yeah, we know, you'd probably only do that if you have kids. But if you are a mom or dad - and most of us at Hyke & Byke are - backyard camping can turn feeling cooped up into a playful adventure for everyone. Imagine...
If you’re an experienced backpacker, you know the Ten Essentials for hiking. So, do you know what gear you’d grab if you had to evacuate immediately in the event of an emergency that requires you to get away from your home? If the thought of “grab-n-go” makes you a little nervous, consider preparing a “bug-out bag”. Jump to Essential Gear What is a bug-out bag? Your basic bug-out bag is a quick-evacuation bag that provides survival supplies needed for about...
Although a healthy and invigorating activity, backpacking can actually be very risky. You risk going out into the wild and potentially encountering things like large predators, sketchy terrain and sudden storms. If you're careful when you start out, though, you're going to pick up a lot of tricks that will help you stay safe while you're on tougher hikes. Here are seven survival skills that just might come in handy: 1. Using a Compass Most people without a ton of outdoor experience probably...
Hey Crew! It's Daniel from Hyke & Byke.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.Basically, the number of calories burned while hiking depends on your body weight combined with your backpack weight. The more total weight, the more calories your body...
Hey, it's Daniel with a very important article.Bears are amazing creatures and it is a thrilling experience to see one— especially if it is not from an suitable distance (never recommended).When backpacking or hiking in a spot inhabited by bears, black bears, or grizzlies, there are precautions and safety measures you can take so you are less likely to encounter them.  Planning Your Hike in Bear Country Before you start your trip and head into the backcountry, look into what...