Essentials For a Fantastic Summer Hiking Trip

According to Outside, arriving unprepared is the real reason why hikers get into trouble, especially in areas like Mount Washington, where inclement weather and dangerous terrain puts hikers in danger. Heading out without the proper supplies, slick-soled sneakers and no emergency provisions can turn your hike into a disaster before you ever get started. But as summer approaches, there are plenty of trails and state parks welcoming hikers to their open trails. Embrace the warm weather as an opportunity to head out to explore a new region. But, before heading out, take stock of your journey to better prepare for your hike and create a contingency plan in case of an emergency. Here’s how to get started. Pack Some Protective Gear Getting …

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How To Make An Emergency Shelter And Fire

Hiking is such a great hobby. There’s nothing quite like getting out in nature, enjoying fantastic weather, getting good exercise, and seeing some amazing sites. It’s the natural high that we get that keeps us coming back for more. And usually we can hike in areas that aren’t too far from civilized life. There’s excitement for being in nature, but also comfort in knowing that other people aren’t too far away in case there’s ever any trouble. Depending on which statistics you look at, one thing is for sure: every year, thousands of hikers get lost in the wilderness. The odds increase heavily if you are male and a solo hiker. I guess the age old saying that men are too …

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If You Are Thinking About Camping, Spring Is The Best Season

Warmer weather is finally here, so it’s time to start thinking about your springtime camping trips.  Now, we know what you’re thinking — summer is the best time for camping because the kids are out of school and that’s when everyone takes their vacation time, but give us a few minutes to change your mind and convince you why spring time is the perfect season for camping. Time For a Bird’s Eye View If you’re a fan of birds, spring time camping is a great way to see all the amazing birds that are nesting and migrating in their natural habitat. This is especially true if you’re living in a northern area, because all the wintering birds that spent the cold …

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Learn How You Can Work Remotely While Camping

Though some of you may decry the idea of working while camping, it’s worth noting that for many freelancers and modern professionals, camping and working aren’t an either/or proposition. It’s something that they can do at the same time – so long as they do a little bit of planning ahead of time. If you’re someone who is constantly on the move, or you are looking to get away more but are wondering how you can make that happen, these tips are for you. Believe it or not, you can work remotely while camping and road tripping. Here’s how. Choosing a Campsite There are thousands of campsites in the United States and Canada. If you are on an extended road …

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Beginner’s Guide To Cooking Delicious Meals While Camping

Except for taking in the great wilderness, sleeping in a tent or simply sitting around the fire enjoying the night nature scenery, cooking delicious meals happen to be one of the most amusing and enjoying parts of any camper. Therefore, today, we’re bringing you some basic tips on how to cook delicious meals while camping. Choosing the best outdoor BBQ for your next camping trip First and foremost, choosing the best outdoor barbecue is important, especially if cooking outside is something you’re enjoying the most. With so many different options on today’s market, choosing the best outdoor BBQ can be a daunting task. In order to help you get the best decision and make the process of choosing the perfect …

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What Do You Need To Know About Fire Safety As A Camper

Summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean that you should pack up the tents and sleeping bags just yet. End of summer camping trips are a fantastic way to wrap up the warmer months, but the dry end of summer weather also makes it more dangerous to set up a cooking fire at your campsite. How can you stay warm at night while still staying safe? Keep Extinguishers Handy If your fire happens to make it beyond the boundaries of your campfire, it’s important to have some form of extinguisher handy. A large bucket of water or sand works well — sand or dirt should be your choice for a grease fire or flare up, as water will just make …

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Ultimate Guide For Beginner Hikers

While SectionHiker is a backpacking blog, I also do an enormous amount of day hiking and like it because it can be such a social experience. Here are some tips that I provide day hikers who are just getting started and contact me seeking advice, to set them on the right path. 1. Find a Group or Club to Hike With The fastest way to become a good hiker is to hike with other people because it’s fun and motivating. If you live on the Atlantic seaboard there are many regional chapters of the Appalachian Mountain Club that lead frequent hikes you can join. The same goes with the Washington Trails Association and the Sierra Club on the west coast and …

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10+ Items You Need For An Awesome Camping Trip

A vacation spent camping can be fun for the whole family – but only if you take the appropriate supplies when you go. Though setting up the tent is sometimes difficult, it is not the hardest part of spending time outdoors and away from the comforts of home. Every backpacking trip begins with a plan and list of items to pack for the camping session that lays ahead. Whether you are an experienced backpacker or just starting out, it’s good to follow a planned location and route. Leave this information with a responsible party. They should know when you are leaving and when to expect your return. Be sure to notify them the moment you get back from your trip. …

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What Are The Kitchen Essentials You Must Have On Your Next Camping Trip

If you are considering camping for anything more than one night, you’re likely to need the ability to prepare and cook food. For family campers, this can provide a particular challenge as prepping wholesome meals for the whole family can be tough when you’re in a tent. We don’t use ration packs when camping, and we use minimal tinned and dried foods – usually just tinned tomatoes, rice and pasta when we camp as we prefer to cook fresh food from scratch. Eating well when camping is one of the things that helps to make the whole experience much more enjoyable, but to prepare and cook outdoors, you’ll need some basics. Basic Camp Kitchen Essentials There’s nothing wrong with having …

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Essentials Of Every Day Hiker

If you’re just getting into hiking, everyone is going to recommend that you pack the 10 Essentials when you go for a hike. Then they list about 30 pieces of gear that you should bring with you, but they never actually tell you WHAT to buy. If you find this frustrating or confusing, or worse, you’re going for hikes without the 10 Essentials, I’ve pulled together a few sample gear lists for different hike durations  (up to 4 hours and more than 4 hours) that I hope you find helpful. These are suggestions based on my own brand/product experience, with an eye for low price and good cost/value performance. My goal here is to help you understand EXACTLY what you need …

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