Muscles Worked Hiking: What Muscles Does Hiking Work

Hiking is a powerful cardiovascular activity and provides plenty of benefits to the body, including the ability to strengthen and tone muscle, as well as improve endurance and stamina. Muscles worked hiking include the quadriceps,...
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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...
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How to Stop Chafing While Hiking

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...
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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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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...
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How to Take Better Hiking Pictures With Just Your Smartphone

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...
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6 Laws of Bear Attraction

It is well known the smell of food will entice neighborhood bears to your campsite. Most hikers will take appropriate measures, such as cooking away from camp, storing food in a closed container and avoid...
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...

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