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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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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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