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How to Get Into Hiking

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...
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How to Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike

It doesn’t matter where you do it or how long the hike is, if you are a hiker, completing a multi-day thru-hike is a transformative experience. Hiking the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest...
Hiking Insect Protection

Hiking Insect Protection: How to Repel Insects on the Trails

Hiking insect protection is essential in regions with lush rainforests, wildflower meadows, and ocean tide pools. While it is easier to avoid the large wildlife like the black bear and mollusks, it is the smallest...
Hiking Blister Care

Hiking Blister Care: Tips for Blisters from Hiking

Hiking blister care is essential to avoid pain and discomfort on the trails. Most heel blisters are caused by constant rubbing or friction of the shoes and socks against the skin. By following the proper...
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Swollen Hands Hiking: Why Do My Hands Swell During Long Hikes?

Q. Why do my hands swell during long hikes? A. Swollen hands hiking or similar physical activities are quite common. The most likely cause of this problem relates to the body’s blood vessels and increased...
Getting Fit for Hiking

Getting Fit for Hiking: Load Up With a Backpack

Getting fit for hiking is essential if planning to complete the multi-day trip or carry a heavy load on the back. Poor conditioning can result in back pain which can lead to discomfort when sitting...
Post Hiking Recovery: 8 Useful Tips

Post Hiking Recovery: 8 Useful Tips

Post hiking recovery is must-do rule after the trauma the body experiences from a long hike in the wilderness. Even a well prepared hike can leave joints swollen and muscles achy. But, there are several...
How Long Does a Hike Take

How Long Does a Hike Take?

Q. How long does a hike take? A. The average speed or MPH varies based on several factors, including the weather, elevation of the terrain, fitness level, and obstacles en route (crossing streams or...

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