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How to Choose Snowshoes – Get the Right Ones for You

In the last few years snowshoeing has gotten really popular. And honestly, it’s about time. Basically, snowshoes let you keep hiking all winter long. And unlike skiing, there’s not much to learn. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. To get started snowshoeing, you need some winter hiking clothes, some snowshoeing boots and of course, …

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Fall Backpacking Tips: How to Stay Warm and Have Fun

Many people think backpacking season ends on Labor Day weekend. Well, they’re wrong! September and October can be great times to go backpacking, as long as you are prepared. Here are my top fall backpacking tips to make sure you have fun and stay warm. Research a Destination… and a Backup Plan (or Two) The first step of …

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300+ Hiking Terms Explained: A Hiking Glossary

Like many outdoor sports, there are a lot of confusing hiking terms to learn. I spend a lot of time writing about hiking and teaching hiking skills and it can be easy to forget that not everyone knows all the hiking slang, jargon, and terminology. To help everyone out, I put together a comprehensive glossary …

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Backpacking with Kids: Tips from a Tween and His Mom

I’m not a parent, but thanks to some good friends with children, I’ve spent quite a bit of time backpacking with kids. I wanted to write a post about how to start backpacking as a family, but I realized that I knew someone much more qualified for the job: Elliott, a 12-year-old backpacker. I’ve been …

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Backpacking for Beginners: Tips for Getting Started

So you want to try backpacking… exciting right? But it can also be daunting as there is lots to learn. I’ve been backpacking for almost 20 years, but I still remember what it was like to start out. I’ll walk you through it in this guide to backpacking for beginners. This handbook for first-time backpackers …

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How to Camp and Hike on Your Period

Going hiking or camping while you have your period can seem a bit intimidating. Spending time away from toilets and running water is already unfamiliar for some, and adding in menstruation make it more challenging. I’ve been hiking, camping, and backpacking with my period for over 15 years. In this post, I’ll answer all your …

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Valentines Day Date Ideas for Outdoorsy Couples

I have always been a bit outdoorsy, but it wasn’t until I met my husband that I got really into adventuring in the backcountry.  He took me on my first backpacking trip (the West Coast Trail!)  Being outdoors is something that has brought us closer and is something that is important to both of us. …

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