Hiking in Trail Running Shoes

I use trail running shoes when hiking about 75% of the time. I own hiking boots and I own insulated snow boots. Both have their place but my trail running shoes are my 3 season go-to shoes. This post is primarily about understanding why you don’t need hiking boots in most cases and where trail running shoes are and are not appropriate.

Hiking with Kids

Hiking with Kids

Getting your child interested in hiking isn’t always easy or straightforward but it will pay dividends for the rest of their lives.  The benefits may not be obvious to a small child, however.  This post is is intended to give you some ideas about how to get your son or daughter interested in hiking.

Preventing Blisters While Hiking

Blisters are the worst thing that can happen during a hiking trip with the exception of being attacked by a couple hundred pounds of pure muscle and claws.  So, short of Wolverine jumping you in the middle of a forest the thing you should fear the most is… friction.  Blisters are caused by friction and a good way to frame the problem is to understand that you’re not trying to prevent blisters, you’re trying to reduce friction.

5 Backpacking Tips to Keep you Comfortable

5 Backpacking Tips to Keep you Comfortable

This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, see my about page here The Little Things As with many things your time spent backpacking in the woods will be made more enjoyable by paying attention to the small stuff.  Sure your pack is epic, your tent...
How to Layer for Snowshoeing

How to Layer for Snowshoeing

If you’re trying to figure out how best to layer your clothing for a snowshoeing adventure the first thing you need to understand is why you should layer instead of just buying the biggest heaviest coat around. This post will go over some of the basics of layering and why it’s important.

Hiking Gear Warranties

Hiking Gear Warranties

For the most part hiking doesn’t require a lot of specialized gear. For very short (less than a mile or two) well trafficked hikes street clothes and tennis shoes will often suffice. It’s when you start going longer distances and tackling more tricky...
What Hiking Gear You Really Need

What Hiking Gear You Really Need

Starting out hiking it can be a hard to try and figure out what you actually need, what you can make due with and what you can probably do without. This guide will walk you through some of the basics of what you need and what you can live without to get you outdoors...
What Hiking Gear to Splurge On and What Not to

What Hiking Gear to Splurge On and What Not to

Quality always matters but sometimes it matters more than others. When you're taking up hiking it's easy to get sucked into buying gear that is more expensive than you need. Knowing when those extra bucks are worth it is important when you're just starting out. Side...

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