Hiking

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Beginner's Guide to Safe Hiking Tips & the Best Gear (video)

In this how-to program we will focus on hiking and all of the basic skills and hiking equipment, clothing and boots you will need to have for a great new outdoor experience with friends and family.…
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Backpack Buyer's Guide

The last thing you want while you’re happily hiking down the trails is an uncomfortable pack that pokes and prods until you decide you’ve had enough for the day. Educating yourself before buying a…
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Treat Your Feet To A Better Pair Of Socks – Buyer's Guide

From thick to thin, we give you the inside scoop on socks. Sock Weight When you need to match the right kind of socks with your next adventure, ask yourself, "How strenuous is my activity?" If you…
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Radio Communication Buyer's Guide

The push-to-talk feature on many cell phones is a handy innovation, but for the outdoorsman who traverses remote locations, where cell towers are nonexistent or severely limited by mountainous…
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Hiking Boots Buyer's Guide

Hiking boots have come a long way since the 1980s when athletic-shoe-style hiking boots were first introduced. We’re also now wearing them for a more versatile array of outdoor adventures from…
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Hiking With Children or Babies

Hiking as a family is a wonderful experience. You will bond on the trail and get to spend some time together enjoying the great outdoors. But if you are not prepared for the special circumstances of…
News & Tips: 16 Winter Hiking Boot Tips for the Beginner...
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16 Winter Hiking Boot Tips for the Beginner

Hikers love nature and getting outdoors away from the busy lives they lead. Communing with nature however does have its challenges, especially in winter for the beginning hiker. Learning how to keep…
News & Tips: Demystify Map and Compass With Easy Orienteering Tips Anyone Can Use...
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Demystify Map and Compass With Easy Orienteering Tips Anyone Can Use

Declination, triangulation, contour lines, scale … with lots of jargon and no “on/off” switch involved, navigation with a map and compass can be daunting for first-timers. But it doesn’t have to be.…
News & Tips: 7 Safety Tips You Need to See Before Your Next Fall Hike...
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7 Safety Tips You Need to See Before Your Next Fall Hike

The rain ended an hour before daylight, but the ground and brightly-colored leaf litter covering the forest floor remained wet. Rain water dripping off of the tree limbs was beginning to slow its…
News & Tips: How to Turn a Rainy Day Into an Incredible Hiking Experience...
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How to Turn a Rainy Day Into an Incredible Hiking Experience

Arrive at any trailhead, even popular ones, on a rainy day and your vehicle will likely be the only one there. Rainy days on the trail can be uncomfortable while backpacking, but for a day hike, don’…
News & Tips: 5 Ways to Avoid Crowds on Day Hikes
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5 Ways to Avoid Crowds on Day Hikes

    The popular sport of day hiking continues to attract those looking for a bit of adventure with limited time. On several recent day hikes at national and state parks, I've had plenty of company…
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5 Essential Items for Every Daypack

Day hiking for most folks is a much needed, quick getaway from life's demands. An easy walk along a paved trail at a metro park or a 3- or 4-mile trek up a mountain and back can attract different…