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Poncho Vs Rain Jacket for Hiking: Pros and Cons

It’s important to always prepare for poor 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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Carbon Fiber Vs Aluminum Trekking Poles: Pros and Cons

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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Bear Safety Tips: How to Avoid Bears While Hiking and Camping

Spotting a bear while hiking is both a beautiful and terrifying experience at the same time. On one hand, bears are absolutely incredible creatures to view in the wild. On the other hand, bears can be dangerous. Luckily, attacks are rare. This guide explains how to avoid bears while hiking or camping in bear country. …

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What are Gaiters, Do I Need Them, and How to Choose?

One major annoyance while hiking is dealing with water, snow, dirt, twigs, or pebbles making their way into your hiking boots or trail runners. Gaiters offer a great solution. They provide an extra layer of protection to keep moisture and debris out of your footwear and away from your feet. This guide explains what gaiters …

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Hiking Sandals Pros and Cons

These days, the trend in hiking footwear is toward minimalism. Lightweight and breathable options are preferred. Many hikers have switched from heavy hiking boots to lightweight trail runners over the past few years. A new trend that is quickly growing in popularity is hiking in sandals. This guide outlines the pros and cons of hiking …

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Do I Need Trekking Poles? Pros and Cons

Some hikers can’t do without trekking poles and others couldn’t care less for them. This guide outlines the pros and cons of trekking poles to help you decide whether or not you want to use them during your next hike. I’ll also outline some of the different types of trekking poles available and what to …

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Hiking Boots Vs Trail Runners: Pros and Cons

Your footwear is one of your most important piece of hiking gear. After all, if your feet hurt or your shoes are unstable, you won’t make it very far. These days, many hikers are making the switch from sturdy and heavy hiking boots to lightweight and breathable trail runners. Is this the right decision for …

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Unigear Hiking Gaiters Review After 100 Miles

I bought the Unigear gaiters on Amazon in preparation for my Wonderland Trail hike around Mount Rainier. Initially, I wasn’t planning to pack gaiters but the weather forecast was calling for heavy rain. I decided to buy a pair last minute for a bit more protection from the wet weather. I have since hiked about …

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Wonderland Trail Packing List

While hiking the Wonderland Trail, you must be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions due to the extreme 23,000 feet of elevation change. During the regular hiking season, you can experience temperatures between 30 and 80 degrees. It’s almost a guarantee that you’ll encounter rain. For early or late or early season hikes, …

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