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High Altitude Hiking Hydration

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Every hiker knows how important it is to stay hydrated while hiking, but if you love the mountains, keeping hydrated is much more of a task than it is for flatlanders. Once you start rising to elevations of over 8,000 feet, the air becomes drier and has a lower pressure, this means that moisture begins to evaporate more quickly....

How to Stop Chafing While Hiking

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Unfortunate news, everyone! The season of "chub rub" is back again. If you are not familiar with the term, the issue is more commonly known as chafing, and it can be a real hike-stopper if it gets bad enough. While chub rub refers to chafing on your inner thighs, when you are hiking, especially with some gear packed along...

Identifying, Cleaning and Preventing Mold in Hydration Bladders

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Ever seen mold grow?  I mean, really grow?  It’s disgusting.  It smells.  It’s nasty to look at and, yes, mold easily can form in your hydration pack. Check out the image below if you really want to see how subtle it can be, though: The thing is, though, that it doesn’t have to be visible to be mold.  There are certain...

How to Take Better Hiking Pictures With Just Your Smartphone

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We’ve all seen those beautiful travel and hiking pictures on Instagram (Join us!), and it is distinctly possible that you have tried to replicate those same awe-inspiring shots on your favorite hike. However, somewhere along the way, the beautiful sight that is unfolding before you doesn’t quite transfer into a beautiful photo. Even if you are packing out a bulky,...

Best Hiking Waistpacks for All Outdoors Activities

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Hydration Waistpacks are a great option for many athletes and adventure seekers requiring all the convenience of having a hydration system on hand, but eliminating the added weight or bulk. Your sporting activity or outdoor event may require that you carry the least amount as possible, or you just might not require all the extra features that hydration packs offer. With...

The Definitive Guide to Layering Clothes for Outdoor Adventuring

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Hiking, kayaking, mountain climbing – it doesn’t matter what activity you are doing, or even what season you are doing it in, every outdoor adventurer can benefit from properly layering their clothing. While it is a simple concept, if you know how to layer effectively, this simple method can have a big effect on your overall comfort. With layering...

70 Oz Hydration Pack and Day Pack from Scandinavian Gear

  For clarification, the pack that I was using was the 70 oz/2 liter Day Pack from Scandinavian Gear.  The set includes bladder, drinking tube apparatus, day pack, and foldable water bottle. Scandinavian does have a larger pack in its arsenal, the 65L multi-day hiking pack is a monster and, though I haven’t tried it, seems to be right up to...

How to Get Into Hiking

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One of the questions that we often see in hiking forums goes something like this:  "I really like the idea of hiking.  I love the outdoors and I like to challenge myself physicall.  The problem is that I don't have a the slightest clue as to how to get into hiking and ensure that I'm doing it right." Well, we're...

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