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Trail Accident

Trail Accident

Sometime it takes an accident to shake the sense of complacency that befalls hikers who have never been injured in the mountains.

by October 23, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Skills
Benefits of Sunrise and Sunset Photography

Benefits of Sunrise and Sunset Photography

For me, sunset is a much more laid back process in general, whereas sunrise is almost always a scramble to get set up and be as flexible as possible as the light changes and the sun comes up. Exposure times change rapidly at sunrise and sunset, lengthening considerably as the sun dips below the horizon and becomes twilight and finally total darkness

by October 7, 2013 Comments are Disabled Skills
Sunrise and Sunset Photography Tips

Sunrise and Sunset Photography Tips

But if you plan it well and do it right, you can easily photograph the sunset, the midnight stars and the sunrise without the pain of lugging a tent and overnight supplies along for the ride.

by October 3, 2013 Comments are Disabled Skills
Spotting Wildlife On A Hike | Trail Tips

Spotting Wildlife On A Hike | Trail Tips

Paths alongside lakes and rivers are particularly good as many animals will come to the waterbody to drink. Trails alongside or through meadows also are excellent, for they offer wide open spaces to spot animals grazing in the distance or flying overhead.

by October 1, 2013 0 comments Skills
Leg Strengthening Exercises For Hikers and Backpackers

Leg Strengthening Exercises For Hikers and Backpackers

Building leg strength and muscular endurance is a must for hiking and backpacking. Not only will it make your adventures much more enjoyable, but it will help keep you injury free.

by September 23, 2013 0 comments Skills
Taking Good Care of Your Compass

Taking Good Care of Your Compass

If a hiker is willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of boots why not spend a bit more for a decent compass; it can make a huge difference.

by September 16, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Monitoring the Weather for Hikers

Monitoring the Weather for Hikers

In 1857 Dutch professor Christopher Buys Ballot postulated that there was a relationship between wind direction and air pressure. Buys-Ballot’s law provides a rough approximation of the location and direction of the low pressure system as it tracks through a region.

by August 27, 2013 0 comments Earth, Skills
Gearing Up for Backpacking with Young Kids

Gearing Up for Backpacking with Young Kids

When you have three kids, buying them all expensive synthetic clothing is out of the question. Sure, I’d love for them to all be walking the trail with merino on their backs and zip-off pants. However, the cost mixed with the fact that they will grow out of it in less than a year, makes it impractical.

by August 12, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Core Training for Backpackers and Hikers

Core Training for Backpackers and Hikers

How do you train your core? If “crunches” was your answer, then you are only working a small portion of it. Your core is actually made up of all the muscles between your hips and shoulders, so you need to challenge all these muscles.

by August 2, 2013 0 comments Skills
What’s In Your Day Bag – Loren Bayles

What’s In Your Day Bag – Loren Bayles

If you live in Washington, don’t take off into the mountains without the Green Trails Map of the area. It can get you to the trail, keep you on it, and teach you to identify the landmarks around you and your position. I have a stack of them, and I’ll often pick a trail or peak off one of them at random to explore. A great way to study an area before heading out. For a compass I have the Silva Ranger. On most outings I find the compass to be more of a toy than a necessity but I’d also never want to get lost without one.

by July 30, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills