learning how to hike

How to Hike

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.

How To Prevent Blisters

how to prevent blisters heel blister

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.

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Do I Need Trekking Poles?

do I need trekking poles

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.

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Hiking For Beginners

Beginner Hiker At Bridge Woman

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.

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Creating a Hike For Garmin GPS

creating hiking GPX route on computer

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.

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How To Hike in the Mountains

people hiking in the mountains

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.

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NOLS Wilderness First Aid Class Review

NOLS Wilderness First Aid Class Review

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.

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Understanding Mountain Lions When Hiking

How to Survive Mountain Lion Attacks

One of my most asked questions is “do I have to worry about mountain lions when I hike?” The answer is no and yes. This post shows you what to do to hike safely with mountain lions and if you do get attacked, what to do.

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Do I Need Hiking Boots?

hiking boots with mountain

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.

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Hiking With Plantar Fasciitis: A Cure

hiking feet with plantar fasciitis

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.

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