Backpacking


Backpacking Essentials for Any Trip

May 21, 2019

Gearing up for a backpacking trip is a balancing act. You’re trying to pack the essentials for survival, safety and comfort without overburdening yourself with weight that dampens the fun, or worse, causes injury. There are many options when choosing backpacking gear, most important being the internationally recognized 10 essentials. Some of your gear choices […]

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The Big Three of Backpacking

February 22, 2019

A spring approaches, thousands of would-be thru-hikers are making their final decisions about what gear to take on their months-long journey. Generally speaking, the Big Three gear pieces of any backpacking adventure consist of: your shelter, your sleeping system and your backpack. If the combined weight of those three pieces of gear is 12 pounds […]

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Tips for Buying a Backpack

May 22, 2018

Choosing a new backpack for your next great adventure is daunting for some people. There are so many manufacturers and options to consider: daypacks, multi-day packs, travel packs, and more. This discussion focuses on multiday hiking packs that carry everything (food, shelter, cooking gear, sleeping gear, clothing, etc.) you need for a weekend or weeklong […]

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The Case for Trekking Poles as the 11th Essential

March 22, 2018

More than anything else, hikers associate trekking poles as a piece of gear that provides stability. Hiking on uneven, rocky or wet terrain is tricky. Trekking poles or hiking staffs provide additional points of contact on the surface as you move. Trekking poles greatly reduce the strain on your hips, knees, ankles and feet, especially […]

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4 Surprising Health Benefits Of Outdoor Adventure Travel

January 2, 2018

Many Americans love the great outdoors because of the full-sensory experience. After all, there’s nothing quite like cool fresh air, the sound of a river, the view of a beach shoreline, and the feel of the ground crunching beneath your hiking boots. But aside from sights, sounds and smells, there are other reasons to love the […]

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Fall adventures to take advantage of cooler temperatures

November 1, 2017

The worst of the heat and humidity is behind us as October ends in the Tampa Bay region. Many adventurers will still enjoy the water to some degree, but now the woods will be less daunting as the mosquitos become less of a bother. Here are some ideas for fall adventures: Hiking For most of […]

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Essential Sporting Goods You Need for Summer Adventures

April 20, 2017

Summer is coming, and if you’re into more active pursuits than sitting on a beach, here’s some planning tips for your warm-weather adventures. So make a plan, make a list and visit an outdoor retailer to geared up right. Backpacking Carrying your shelter, bedding and food on your back all day is one of the […]

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How to extend the life of your camping gear

February 17, 2017

You spent hours, maybe days or weeks, researching brands, reading reviews and even handling potential gear in a store. Finally, you laid out a fair bit of money to amass all that camping gear for all those epic trips. It seems a pity to spend so much and then not spend just a little (time […]

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Trail Etiquette We Should All Practice

August 9, 2016

Knowing these bits of trail etiquette will help us all get along as we get around in the outdoors. Common sense and some courtesy allow everyone to enjoy the wilderness. Stay on the trail. Avoid walking around puddles and mud so you don’t widen the trail. If you are part of a group, hike single […]

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3 New Sports to Try This Summer to Get Fit and Have Fun

May 19, 2016

Summer’s arrival means warm weather, vacation time and planning new adventures. And because summer also heralds swimsuit season, it’s also when many people start to fret about their fitness. Why not combine exercise and adventure at the same time? So if you want to break from your gym routine, there are ways to work out […]

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