Backpacking


COVID-19 Update: Which National & Local Parks Are Still Open?

April 1, 2020

You might start to be getting stir crazy if you are in quarantine or social distancing yourself from others. This new normal is not only impacting our day to day lives, but it’s also impacting our national and local parks. In this article, you’ll learn which parks are still open and any updates about other […]

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7 Tips for Using Binoculars This Spring

February 3, 2020

40% of Americans 16 or older participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016. If you’re part of this demographic, then you most likely have a pair of binoculars or are looking to purchase one soon.  But without knowing how to use them properly, you may just miss out on seeing that rare specimen you’ve been looking for. […]

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A Hiker’s Guide to Trail Etiquette

January 24, 2020

Considering how expansive America is, and how much nature there is to see, it’s really no surprise that people love getting out there and exploring what Mother Nature has to offer.  In 2017, there were around 44.9 million hikers in America.  Some trails are more popular than other.  With so many people on those trails, there is […]

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Now is the Time for Hiking in Florida! The Top Spots, Reviewed

January 20, 2020

Almost half of Floridians went on a hike in the last year. Were you one of them? There are thousands of miles to explore; the Florida Trail stretches 1,400 miles! To make your experience enjoyable, you need to choose the right trail. Consider the length, sun cover, terrain, and distance. We’ve chosen three parks that offer […]

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All About Florida Hiking: 7 Essential Tips for a Good Hike

September 25, 2019

Interest in hiking has been growing over the last decade. The number of active hikers in the US increased from about 30 million in 2006 to almost 45 million in 2017. Florida might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think about hiking but it has a large network of trails […]

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Tips for Choosing the Best Hiking Daypack

September 9, 2019

When you set out on a hike, you should always expect the unexpected. You never know when you could wind up stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing but the gear in your daypack to get you through. When you’re on the trail, your pack needs to provide plenty of storage and easy access to its contents […]

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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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Backpacking: The Big Three and What You Need to Know

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 – Size, Features and More

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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