For beginners, learning how to hike is pretty straightforward. I have guides for beginners here that will answer all your questions and make you feel confident about your next hiking adventure.
One of the things I love about hiking is that there’s always something new to learn. There are advanced hiking skills, navigation skills, wildlife spotting, geology, etc. Every piece that I learn makes my hikes more fun and deepens my connection with nature.
Have fun reading these articles on how to hike, and if you have any questions or subjects you’d like to see covered, please feel free to contact me.
Blisters are the most common foot problem encountered by hikers, and they can turn the most epic hike into the most painful one. Here’s how to prevent blisters and have a pain free hike. And keep reading for an insider hiking tip that’s helped me prevent blisters on every and any hike.Read More
Trekking poles are standard equipment for many experienced hikers – but do you really need them? The answer is maybe—there’s only a couple conditions that I use hiking poles under. Here’s how you should determine whether you need trekking poles or not.Read More
If you are not a hiking pro, this is where to start. Learning how to hike safely can mean the difference between a fun day outdoors or the hike from hell. This article will get you hiking in the right direction.Read More
Creating a hike and sending it to your Garmin GPS is easy when you pay Garmin for their maps, but not as obvious when you want to use the many free map options out there. The process is pretty straightforward, although not promoted by Garmin. Here’s how to plan a hiking route and track, and then send it to your Garmin GPS and navigate with it.Read More
New hikers often ask me if they need hiking boots. You don’t, in fact, there might be better choices for you. I’ve hiked in boots, hiking shoes, a pair of hiking sandals, and sometimes barefoot. This is what I found out after a journey of a million blisters.Read More
Mountain hiking embodies what hiking is all about: breathtaking views, fresh air, and a good workout. Here’s you’re guide on how to hike the mountains safely.Read More
Taking a wilderness first aid class is one of the best investments you can make. It’ll take a weekend of your time, and in return you’ll learn how to potentially save lives in the wilderness. Here’s a review of the NOLS Wilderness First Aid class that I took at REI. I highly recommend it.Read More
You should be scared of mountain lions. Weighing up to 200 lbs, they’re the largest wildcat in North America. If you ever see one up close, you’ll realize they’re almost as big as a female lion you’d see in Africa. A little knowledge goes a long way in surviving a mountain lion attack, and more importantly, avoiding them all together. Here’s how to understand mountain lion behaivor and survive outdoors safely with them.Read More
Let me start by saying that I’m not a doctor and this isn’t medical advice. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis five times. After all that, I consider myself an expert on not only getting it, but also getting rid of it. It’s been years since I’ve had it. Here’s how I avoid plantar fasciitis and stay on the trail. It doesn’t involve any special hiking shoe or hiking boot, just some techniques.Read More