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These hiking tips will help you use your outdoor gear smarter and lighter. This advice has been submitted by customers, ambassadors and our editor. Have a trick you would like to share? Contact us and we will consider publishing it!


10 Phases of a Thru Hike

What is a thru hike? Technically, it’s a long distance trail end-to-end. The preparation, itinerary, and experience, however, is completely up to each individual person. When I first began hiking New Zealand’s 1,800 mile (3,000 kilometer) Te Araroa, I viewed it like a sport. Each day I would physically prepare myself for the journey ahead, […]

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Stoveless Cooking: The Crotch Pot

This third option between stoves and no-cook is the brainchild of Gossamer Gear founder Glen Van Peski. Infrared images of the human body confirm what is basically common knowledge; one of the hottest parts of the human body is the crotch area. Your body naturally generates significant heat while hiking; why not harness this heat […]

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Creating New Year’s Resolution Hiking Goals

Creating goals for a brand new year can be invigorating. It’s a great way to create a blank slate and have something new to work toward. The problem is, most of us make resolutions we fail to keep – even before winter ends. Instead of vowing to go to the gym everyday, cutting out sugar […]

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Lightweight Essential Day Hiking Gear

You may have heard of The Ten Essentials for hiking, but aren’t sure exactly what this essential list entails. Learn what makes up this list and why each item is needed for a successful day hike. One of the most confusing parts of the ten essentials is that it’s not made of ten items, but […]

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Wilderness Backpacking Trip Defined

If you enjoy hiking, you may find yourself wanting to extend your experience in the great outdoors and go backpacking. A backpacking trip involves carrying all of your gear on your back to stay outside for a night or longer. Backpacking may involve camping inside a tent or inside a wooden shelter or hut along […]

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Guide to Backpacking in the Rain

If you’re interested in backpacking in the rain, here are some expert tips for getting started and even tweaking your current setup. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are backpacking in the rain for any amount of time, you will get wet—what can be controlled, however, is how you handle it […]

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Determine How Long to Hike a Mile

How long does it take to hike a mile? While there are many variables involved, it takes the average person 30 minutes to hike a mile on gentle terrain. It is important to know your pace compared to an average hiker when planning a hike. This way you know approximately how long it will take […]

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Simply Start Lightweight Backpacking

Do you dream of hiking down the trail with less effort? Has backpacking been more of a task than a joy? Are you a beginner to hiking? Anyone can be a lightweight backpacker if they put the effort in and do some research before they make gear purchases. There are many benefits to lightweight (ultralight) […]

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