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One major annoyance while hiking is dealing with water, snow, sand, twigs, or pebbles making their way into your boots. Wearing gaiters is a great solution. They cover the tops of your footwear to keep moisture and debris out. This helps keep your feet warm, clean, and dry and reduces blisters. This guide explains what …

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When buying a pair of trekking poles, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is which material to go with. The body of most trekking poles is made of either carbon fiber or aluminum. The best material depends on a number of factors including the type of terrain you hike on and …

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It’s important to always prepare for foul weather. You never know when it’s going to rain. The ideal rain gear depends on the activity you’re doing, the weather you expect, how much gear you want to carry, as well as personal preference. When choosing rain gear for your trip, you have two options. This guide …

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When dressing for cold weather, you have a number of insulating fabrics to choose from. Two of the most popular materials are fleece and wool. The best fabric for winter clothing depends on the weather conditions you expect, the activities you plan to do, and your personal preference. In this guide, I will outline the …

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The Wonderland Trail is a loop trail that circles Mt Rainier in Washington State. This 93 mile (150km) trail passes through a diverse range of ecosystems from temperate rainforest to alpine tundra with 46,000 feet (14,021 meters) of elevation change. This guide explains how to hike the Wonderland Trail, step-by-step. I’ll cover permits, the weather, …

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One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when planning your next hike is whether to wear waterproof or non-waterproof hiking shoes or boots. Your choice of footwear plays a major role in your comfort as well as your hiking performance. To help you decide, this guide explains the difference and outlines the …

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These days, the trend in hiking footwear is minimalism. Lightweight and breathable options are preferred. Many hikers have moved away from heavy hiking boots over the past few years. A new trend that is quickly growing in popularity is hiking in sandals. Understandably, some hikers are skeptical about hiking with exposed feet. This guide outlines …

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Whether you’re thru hiking, scrambling, or hiking in the snow, trekking poles can greatly increase stability and comfort. At the same time, there are some drawbacks. Trekking poles can be heavy and inefficient. This guide answers the question, are trekking poles worth it? To answer this question, I will list the pros and cons of …

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These days, many hikers are making the switch from sturdy and heavy hiking boots to lightweight and breathable trail runners. The best footwear for your hike depends on the terrain you hike on, the distances you hike, and the amount of weight you carry in your backpack. Hiking boots are more durable, stable, and protective. …

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