Health & Hygiene

SB Sox Compression Socks Review

SB Sox Compression Sox Review

Compression socks can help reduce swelling and improve blood circulation in your feet and lower legs if you’re recovering from a sprained ankle, plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, which many hikers experience at some stage in their hiking “career”. I’ve used them to relieve the pain and symptoms of all …

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Hiker Self Rescue on the Castle Trail

Hiker Self Rescue on the Castle Trail

If something bad happens to you on a hike and you’re alone or with a friend, would you be able to self-rescue, or would you need to contact search and rescue and request help? That is a question I ask myself whenever I go hiking. It dictates the routes I …

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Chigger Bites: Cause and Cure

Chigger Bites Cause and Cure

Nobody gets just one chigger bite. You get a whole mess of them, more often than not, and they itch like hell. But chigger bites are preventable and the itching they cause goes away in a few days. Unlike ticks, chiggers do not carry any diseases that can affect humans.  …

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Backpacking Lyme Disease Prevention

About the size of a poppy seed, a tick nymph embeds itself in the skin of a hiker.

Some people think I’m cracked when it comes to the preventive measures I take to avoid tick bites and getting Lyme Disease. But I still haven’t contracted Lyme Disease after 5000 miles of hiking, backpacking, and off-trail hiking through prime tick habit on the Appalachian Trail, in the northeastern United States, or …

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ENGO Blister Prevention Patches Review

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Getting blisters during winter hiking or mountaineering can slow down your pace and significantly compromise your safety. But preventing them can be tricky because in addition to your boots, you also need to wear crampons and snowshoes, which cause friction on different areas of your feet. During the past few …

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