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Twenty below zero on a winter hike

Cold Weather Induced Asthma

I vividly remember the first time I experienced cold weather induced asthma. It was the same day my camera froze. It was 20 degrees below zero and we were climbing two mountains in New Hampshire’s Pemigewasset Wilderness. I remember a tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. We got down ok, but I carried an inhaler for a […]

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Ex Officio Mesh Boxers are the most popular type of hiking uderwear with SectionHiker readers

How Many Pairs of Underwear Do You Bring on a Backpacking Trip?

How many pairs of underwear do you take when backpacking? While some people (like myself) only bring one pair, no matter the length of the trip, most SectionHiker readers bring two pairs on multi-day trips, one to wear, and one to wash while hiking. The vast majority of SectionHiker readers prefer Ex-officio underwear for backpacking trips […]

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Wearing a Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Brace

Knee, Ankle, and Leg Braces for Hikers

Knock on wood, my knees and ankles have been injury free for the past couple of years. But there was a time when I had to wear knee braces or patella straps to keep my knees from swelling when I hiked. At the time, I relied on Cho-Pat knee braces which were very popular with hikers […]

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Darn Tough Hiker Socks with Insect Shield

Darn Tough Socks with Insect Shield: Make Your Own

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks with Insect Shield to protect yourself against Lyme-disease carrying ticks? Unfortunately you can’t, but you can take matters into your own hands and send your socks out to be treated with Insect Shield. That’s what I did before hiking on the Appalachian Trail […]

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