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Hiking on the AT with my trusty Fox 40 Whistle

Reader Poll: Do you Carry an Emergency Whistle When Hiking?

I always carry an emergency whistle (a Fox 40 Classic) when I go hiking, one that I tie onto my backpack’s shoulder pad. It’s much much louder than the pathetic whistles that many backpack manufacturers include on sternum straps. Whistles are much louder than the human voice and their sound carries much further than shouting […]

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Group hikes are fun and organized hikes take the guesswork out of trip planning if you're unfamiliar with an area.

10 Tips for Beginner Day 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 […]

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DIY Cat Food Can Alcohol Stove

7 Advantages of Alcohol Backpacking Stoves

Alcohol backpacking stoves are popular with long distance hikers and with good reason. Here are the 7 reasons why they’re a good option for backcountry cooking, especially if you’re a beginner, looking to soften the up front expense of buying backpacking gear. 1. Alcohol stoves are inexpensive Alcohol stoves are very inexpensive and you can easily […]

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Hikers should protect themselves from the sun in all climates, not just the desert

Hiking Sun Protection

How do you protect yourself from the sun when you hike? Describe your complete sun protection system including clothing and creams. Where do you use this system when you hike? Most Popular Searchesrobert ballantynecooling towels philmont hiking dessertHikers protection

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Seam Sealing a Tent or Tarp

How to Seam Seal a Tent or Tarp by Martin Rye

When you buy a Tarp Tent, a silnylon tarp shelter, or a hammock tarp, it’s best to seal the seams using McNett’s Silnet (also called Gear Aid Silnet) in order to make them waterproof in the rain. Most of these shelters are not seam sealed or seam taped, so you have to do it yourself. Here […]

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Buy a local guidebook to plan your hike and a waterproof map that you can carry in the backcountry

10 Tips for Beginner Backpackers

I get a lot of email from experienced day hikers and car campers who want to try backpacking and are looking for help on how to plan their first overnight backpacking trip. Here’s the advice I give them. 1. Buy a Local Guidebook and a Waterproof Map Buy a local guidebook to learn about different backpacking routes, trails, […]

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