For Beginners

Hiking Survival Gear Guide

Hiking Survival Gear Guide

Day hikes don’t always go as planned and it pays to equip yourself with extra survival and emergency gear whenever you take a hike in a National Park, State Park, or National Forest. Help can take a surprisingly long time to arrive the minute you leave a trailhead or paved …

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Day Hiking Gear Checklist

Day Hiking Gear Checklist

Day hiking is great fun: great for the body and great for the soul. Make sure that you, your friends, family, and pets are properly equipped for your hike by referring to the following gear checklist before heading out. (Printer-Friendly Version PDF) This checklist is deliberately comprehensive so you don’t …

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Backpacking with Children: Lessons Learned

Few moments in life compare emotionally to what occurs when someone holds a first grandchild. A friend who joined the ranks wrote, “He was only thirty minutes old, but I’d already taken him fishing six times!” I knew exactly how he felt because his statement brought back the flood of …

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9 Essential Ultralight Backpacking Skills

9 Essential Ultralight Backpacking Skills

Ultralight backpacking requires an extreme form of self-reliance where backpackers compensate for bringing less gear by having more advanced backcountry skills. While many other backpackers and day hikers have these same skills, “going ultralight,” or the less extreme “lightweight” is more committing, since ultralight backpackers carry less navigational, comfort, and convenience items in their packs. …

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