Hiking Jargon Explained

Hiking Jargon Explained

When you're new to anything, you've got to learn the jargon. Whether we're talking a new job, hobby or activity, everything has a language of its own. Same with hiking. On my very first solo backpacking trip, I hiked through Big Cypress Swamp with a handful of others....

What Is Your Hiking Style?

What Is Your Hiking Style?

There are a lot of different ways to hike. And no particular hiking style is better than another. Let me say that again: No particular hiking style is better than another.Most hikers are wonderful, friendly people. They're supportive of others. They want you to enjoy...

Should You Use a Hiking Umbrella?

Should You Use a Hiking Umbrella?

Hiking umbrellas aren't something you hear being discussed a lot. I never even knew there was such a thing until several years ago, when I began long-distance hiking in earnest. So what is a hiking umbrella?It's a lightweight, flexible umbrella with a high UV...

How to Pick Camp Shoes

How to Pick Camp Shoes

I'm a newbie at camping. Oh, I've hiked all my life. And I've got some 6,000 miles under my backpack straps. But 99.9 percent of the time I day-hike, getting off the trail at night to stay in a motel.Some people say that's not "real" hiking or backpacking. I'm a firm...

Trekking Poles: My Must-Have Hiking Equipment

Trekking Poles: My Must-Have Hiking Equipment

People often ask what hiking clothing or gear I can’t do without. Trekking poles are always on the top on my list.I can’t quite remember why I first bought a pair. But it was sometime after a hiking companion raved about them while we were gamboling around the hilly...

New Challenge: Hiking the Arizona Trail

New Challenge: Hiking the Arizona Trail

I'm terrified. In just three months, I'll be setting out to thru-hike the Arizona National Scenic Trail, or AZT for short. It's only 800 miles compared to the 1,150-mile Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, which I've thru-hiked twice now. So what's the big deal? It's not the...

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