Any time you are going out for a hike, whether it's just for a day hike or a week long trip, you need to plan ahead and prepare for what’s going to happen, so that you aren’t forced into making poor decisions while out on the trail.
One of my biggest takeaways from working at Outward Bound was that if you take care of your gear, your gear will take care of you. As staff, we put in countless hours of cleaning and repairing stoves, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks and more.
And all those hours, blood, sweat and tears we put into the gear, was still cheaper than having to replace it and buy brand new stuff every time something really just needed some TLC.
Some of the most common questions, and anxieties, about the Appalachian Trail are about bears.
I can't count how many times I was asked, "What about bears?" "Aren't you afraid of bears?" "Are bears dangerous out there?" And so on.
Yes, there are definitely bears on the AT! I haven't met too many hikers who haven't seen a black bear on the trail. But encountering a bear doesn't have to be scary or dangerous... as long as you don't do anything stupid.
Read on, and learn from my mistakes people.
I know it’s a little early to be talking about, even thinking about, what you will do after your thru-hike or LASH is over.
But, sometimes, it is so hard to keep these thoughts and anxieties at bay. Especially, when you have zero plans for what's coming next. I know, I've been there!
So what should you do after your hike is over?
If you're going to be spending any amount of time hiking or backpacking, you'll want to carry a first aid kit with you. Always. Just in case.
But, first aid kits come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges.
So, how do you know which one's best for you?
Winter is finally here! And with it, consistently low temps – all day and all night. After my last outing, I realize there a few extra things I should add to my winter hiking pack. Even after using weather-appropriate clothes and gear, I like to pack these items as well in case I get stuck out on the trail longer than expected. [Read more…] about 5 Essentials To Add To Your Winter Hiking Pack