Tips, Tricks, and DIY

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Packing let alone choosing the right gear for any season can be tricky if the weather is always changing. The main goal is always the same. Pack items that will keep you warm and dry, are light weight, and take up the least amount of room as possible. I always lay all of my options out and begin to narrow things down by which items are most needed and which items are a maybe. Often I will literally weigh my options to see what goes or stays. I also take into consideration as to what other gear I might be able to leave at home if I take a heavier coat or extra layers. Do I need 3 or 4 pairs of socks and can I get away with 2 instead of 4. Just remember that the more you pack the heavier it gets. Also the law of the trail will have you always saying “I really wish i had brought…”

Here is a great infographic that helps illustrate layering and provides some good suggestions.

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There is nothing better than getting out into the great outdoors. When you are among nature and away from civilization, it can be easy to think you are doing the environment a favor. However, you may be doing more damage than you think!

Here are some easy ways to make your camping trip more eco-friendly:

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In my last Trail Tip post I discussed heat exhaustion. I went over how to spot the symptoms and how to treat someone with heat exhaustion. In this final Trail Tip about heat related ailments and injuries we will discuss how to spot and begin treatment of heat stroke. Heat stroke is the most serious […]

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In my last Trail Tip post I discussed dehydration. I went over how to spot the symptoms and how to treat someone with mild to moderate dehydration. In this Trail Tip we will discuss how to spot and treat heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can occur when you have inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids caused […]

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Keeping yourself hydrated during any adventure is extremely important. If you are backpacking in the desert or snow showing in a winter wonder land physical exertion and dry conditions can cause you to become dehydrated very quickly. The easiest way to combat dehydration is to drink lots of fluids before during and after any adventure. […]

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How many times have you gone out hiking, camping, backpacking, or really any adventure and everything went as planned? If your luck is anything like mine that number is very very low. As an Eagle Scout my training even as a young Cub Scout has helped me out of some strange and crazy situations over the years. Looking back on my Scouting skills and training I have put together a list of Scout skills that every backpacker should know.

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Trekking poles can be a huge help while hiking. They can help you keep your balance and help keep your muscles and joints from the wear and tear of hiking.  I personally find them to be very useful and use them on day hikes as well as week long backpacking trips.  Most of my backpacking […]

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Hiking is a great activity for families to enjoy together. It is a great way to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. Hiking with kids does pose special challenges, though. Adults need to keep in mind the kids are not simply mini adults. Their attention span may not be as long and they may not enjoy […]

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Sleeping bag liners can be used for so many more things than just adding warmth to you sleeping bag. A sleeping bag liner is made of either silk or cotton. You can use them like a sheet or you can use them inside your sleeping bag. Some of insect repellent, some are made for warmth, […]

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With technology it is extremely easy to send a text message saying “I am going hiking”. As hikers and backpackers we always plan for emergencies, but hope that we never have to execute our preparedness. One of the things I have done is leave family members or friends a note with information. I haphazardly wrote […]

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The is no denying hikers and folks who have been camping for more than one day stink. It is something that we all realize that we do and embrace that fact but just because we smell or have a nice coat of dirt plastered to our bodies that does not mean we should skip common […]

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Need a simple way to keep your toilet paper dry while you camp while having a handy place to keep it? We have created this very simple six step infographic on how to make one. Enjoy!

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Here is a list of 10 things to do before you leave for the trailhead. Being prepared for a quick hike or a full weekend of hiking is important and getting to the trailhead with everything you need is key. Fuel up, hydrate, and pack up for a grand adventure.

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In part one we discussed how to measure yourself or a friend to help choosing a properly sized pack. The next step in making sure the pack fits is to fill the pack with weight and adjust the straps. Packing the backpack! When packing a backpack especially for long hikes you will want to make […]

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Having a backpack that does not fit properly can potentially make any backpacking trip painful and not very fun. Today we are going to take a look at how to measure your torso and your waist to ensure a proper fit. All major retail stores and outfitters who specifically cater to outdoor sport like hiking […]

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Source: Rei.com Related Posts: Properly Packing your backpack for a hiking adventure – Infographic 50 Essential (Wilderness) Backpacking Tips Tips for choosing a proper fitting backpack – Part 2 Packing and Adjusting DIY Camp Toilet Paper Dispenser – Infographic 10 Tips for surviving a winter backpacking trip.

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  We all know that everything in your house can be used in some way while camping. However we do not want to take it all with us on our trips. So we limit what we take and only take the necessary items.  One of the neat things about Dryer sheets is that they are […]

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  With Autumn in full swing, the leaves are falling, as well as some snow, and colder temperatures are taking their hold. During most of the year we have the opportunity to hike well into the evening, set-up camp, eat, relax a little, and the head to bed. But in Autumn and Winter, there can […]

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With winter already starting in many parts of the would here are some great tips on how to stay warm while camping. Infographic provided by Bushcraftmagazine.com Related Posts: Reflecting on why the mountains are important in my life. Day 7 – Soar like an eagle. DIY Camp Toilet Paper Dispenser – Infographic How to Avoid […]

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  Hiking is a learned skill. Sure it is simply walking but we can always improve our techniques to allow for faster hiking speeds. Here is a list to help you begin increasing your hiking speeds. 1. Invest in your footwear. Finding the right shoes and socks are key in helping you increase your speeds. […]

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