Take the 5 R’s of sustainability to the trail.

1) Rethink your consumption. In the long haul, higher quality, more expensive gear will last longer, perform better and leave a smaller footprint than cheaply made items that get thrown away sooner. 2) Reduce waste by consuming less.  Even small shifts in your buying behavior make a difference over time. At the grocery store, opt for bulk trail mix that you bag yourself rather than the prepackaged stuff. 3) Reinvent uses for existing items. Store an old CD in your daypack – it’s a great signaling mirror. 4) Repair your gear to extend its life. Contact the gear manufacturer to find out . For example, many LOWA boots can be repaired at their factory. Watch the video. 5) Recycle to reclaim raw materials.  ... Read more

Hiking to the Solar Eclipse

Imagine a morning hike for a purpose, for a reason you’ve never hiked before. You start out early, the crisp air an energy shot from nature. Perhaps the birds are acting a little different today, and you sense a buzz of something you can’t quite explain. The calendar says August 21, 2017. This is the day to be in Nature, to witness a celestial occurrence that people have been waiting 38 years for. The day when a total solar eclipse will sweep across parts of the continental United States. If you are in the path of the 70 mile wide ribbon that stretches from Oregon to the South Carolina; you will be able to witness the total eclipse. If ... Read more

Summer Safety Series

In many places across the country, summer is a great time for hiking.  With kids out of school, people taking vacation, and days lasting longer, more and more people are hitting the trails - both seasoned veterans and newcomers.   Whether you've been hiking your entire life or you're just starting out, there are certain precautions you should take while hiking to avoid potentially dangerous situations.   Every week throughout the summer, we're going to share some safety tips to make your summer hiking season as enjoyable and as safe as possible. Here are some tips you can look forward to: The most common mistakes people make when planning a hike Knowing your limits and listening to what your body is ... Read more

Do This. Always Do This.

Have you read the incredible story of Aron Ralston – the man who was trapped in a slot canyon in Utah and only escaped after cutting off his own hand? Though a hero for his bravery, Ralston is a lesson of what NOT to do on a hike. He came to realize – too late – that his unpreparedness and above all, not telling anyone of his whereabouts, were grave errors that almost cost him his life. While Aron’s story is one of extraordinary circumstances, it’s always best to play it safe, even on short hikes near home. Hiking is not a dangerous sport as long as you are prepared! The most dangerous part of your hike is the car ... Read more

Hiking with Dogs

Click here for a printer-friendly PDF A dog can be a built-in companion for outdoor adventures, and is always ready, willing, and eager to hit the trail. Hiking with dogs provides health benefits to both the pets and the owners, as well as deepening their bond through shared experiences. Need more information to get started?  Find places to hike with dogs and be sure to take along the gear your dog will need whenever you hit the trail. Below are some simple "Petiquette" guidelines to remember as you get ready to hit the trail with your dog. 1. Make sure that dogs are allowed on the land where you will be hiking and obey any restrictions concerning areas that are off limits. 2. Keep ... Read more

Gear for Hiking with a Dog

Do you enjoy hiking with a furry friend? Have you thought about the special kinds of gear you'll need for hiking with a dog? As a well-prepared hiker, you wouldn't consider hitting the trail without items that will keep you safe and comfortable. If you're not sure what to bring, check out our 10 Essentials of Hiking. When bringing your dog along on hikes, be sure to check out our list below for the special gear your dog needs. Before hitting the trail with your dog, check out the advice provided in Hiking with Dogs: Becoming a Wilderness-Wise Dog Owner, written by Linda B. Mullally and published by FalconGuides. The book contains information on many relevant topics, including choosing a dog ... Read more

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