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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.

Most Popular How to Hike

How To Prevent Blisters

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.

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.

Hiking For Beginners

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.

Creating a Hike For Garmin GPS

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.

Do I Need Hiking Boots?

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.

How To Hike 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.

More How to Hike

Why I Hike: Backpack Bren

Backpack Bren has been traveling and hiking on the cheap in some of the most scenic spots in the world. The photos on her Instagram account are spectacular, and she has a blog that documents her travel and tips. Here’s why Backpack Bren hikes.

Why I Hike: Kyle Frost

Kyle Frost is an adventure photographer, digital product designer, and lead designer at The Outbound Collective website. Kyle is based out Boulder, CO, and gets tons of trail miles under his boots in the Rockies. Here’s why he hikes.

Why I Hike: Jess Miller

Jess Miller is a great outdoors spirit. She has a hiking blog that highlights her hiking adventures and offers tips on the hikes she does. She also has a great Instagram account with some spectacular shots. Here’s why she hikes.

Why I Hike: Savannah Cummins

I first came across Savannah Cummins’ photography when I was researching hikes in the Tetons. Her shots captured those outdoors moments perfectly. Savannah is an outdoors photographer, climber, hiker, and genuinely outdoorsy spirt, and here’s why she hikes.

Why I Hike: Kathleen Carney

Kathleen Carney has a job that most of us just dream of, she’s an outdoors photographer, and her shots are incredible. Her professional work includes photos for REI, Backpacker, and Outdoor Research. To shoot life in the outdoors, one needs to be in the outdoors, and for Kathleen, hiking is a part of that experience.

Hiking With Plantar Fasciitis: A Cure

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.