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Reader Poll: Exercise Advice for Aging Hikers

What can older hikers do to help offset the stiffness, aches, and pains that come with getting older so that they can continue hiking into their late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. That’s the question that a reader sent me last week. She writes: This issue has been on my mind as well, since I’m now […]

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Do hiking boots help prevent sprained ankles when you have a heavy backpack?

Myth or Fact: Do Hiking Boots Prevent Sprained Ankles?

A lot of hikers believe that you need to wear leather hiking boots when you carry a heavy backpack because they provide more support for your ankles and help prevent ankle sprains. But I’ve never found any research or scientific studies that proves this to be true. In fact, common sense holds quite the opposite, that […]

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Hyperlight Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack

Reader Poll: What are the Best Hiking Day Packs?

What are the qualities that define a great hiking day pack? We asked Section Hiker’s readers what they thought and here are the attributes that they value the most: Backpack organization External attachment points Capacity between 20 Liters up to 40 Liters Good fit and comfort Light weight Indestructible construction While there is a great deal […]

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