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Hiking and Lyme Disease: Revised estimates from the CDC indicate US infection rate is 10 times more prevalent than previously reported

Hikers and backpackers are at increased risk for contracting Lyme Disease. This is something I’ve written about extensively on SectionHiker and is worth reiterating at the beginning of each hiking season. Revised numbers from the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) reflect that they have been under-reporting Lyme disease. Instead of the 30,000 cases a […]

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Leukotape P Protective Tape

Hiking Blister Prevention: The Best Time to Tape Your Feet Before a Hike

I tape my heels and the tops of a few toes with Leukotape, a very sticky protective tape, before all of my winter hikes, regardless of the type of boots I wear. Leukotape is much tougher and more durable than the duct tape I used to tape my feet with before I discovered it and will […]

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How to Clean a Camelbak Hydration Reservoir

How to Clean a Camelbak Hydration Reservoir

If you use a Camelbak Hydration Reservoir you’re going to want to keep it, its hose , and bite valve clean. If you just drink water, you can store it empty in the freezer or dry it out after each use and nothing bad will grow in it. But if you put any kind of […]

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The Best Pee Bottle is not a Bottle

Sometimes you can’t leave your tent to take a pee. There might be a rain or snowstorm outside, it might be frigid cold and windy, or you might be surrounded by other campers at a crowded tent site where you can’t simply pee out the front door at night, and you don’t feel like taking […]

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The Hiking Engine by Stuart Plotkin

The Hiking Engine: A Maintenance Manual for your Feet and Legs

After many years of hiking and hiking with other people, I’ve concluded that the shoe industry is fundamentally broken and the cause of untold suffering in the hiking world. There are huge individual differences between people’s feet: people have hammer toes, bunions, calluses, corns, thickened nails,bone spurs, flat feet, one foot bigger than another, etc. […]

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Pacerpoles on the Maine Appalachian Trail

Pacerpole “Posture Poles”

I use trekking poles  made by a British company called Pacerpole that have a unique hand grip which is tilted at a 45 degree angle instead of the vertical cross-country-style ski pole grip you find on other trekking poles. Pacerpoles are very popular in the UK and Europe, particularly among long distance hikers and hill walkers, but […]

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