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How to Stay Clean on a Backpacking Trip

How to Stay Clean on a Backpacking Trip

While the popular media bombards us with tales of stinky long distance thru-hikers, you don’t have let go of your personal hygiene on a backpacking trip. The fact is, you’ll stay a lot more comfortable and avoid a lot of health issues by washing up daily and staying clean. Here …

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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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The Toob: Backpacking Toothbrush

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One of the oldest pieces of gear that I still carry with me on overnight trips is a portable travel toothbrush, called The Toob. It’s a completely self-contained toothpaste and toothbrush system that lives in my bear bag. It’s quite simple really. It’s a plastic tube that breaks into 3 …

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Plantar Fasciitis and Compression Socks

Bitly-Compression-Socks-for-Plantar-Fasciitis

Last summer, I struggled with Plantar Fasciitis, an overuse injury of the foot that associated with heel pain and severe foot cramping.  The pain is caused by the inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to the ball of your foot. I’ve tried a number of different strategies …

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Knee Pain – A Hiker’s Guide

Knee Pain is a common symptom in hikers, runners, skiers, and cyclists.One of the most common types is pain around or behind the kneecaps, which is often diagnosed as Chondromalacia, Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome, or more commonly “runner’s knee.” The symptoms of this type of knee pain worsen when walking up …

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