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Choosing a Backpack: Which Size Should I Look For?

Backpacks by the Numbers: Sizing and Buying Guide  by Lisa Maloney from Hiking packs are sized in two ways: The internal volume (how much it can carry -- given in cubic inches or liters) and the torso length (or range of torso lengths) the pack is designed...

Some Things to Know When Hiking and Camping with Your Dog

Top Trail Safety Tips For You And Your Pup This Fall - by Lynda Maschue Move over summer! Fall is officially here and with fall comes cooler nights, brisk breezes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and walks in the woods to admire the beautiful fall...

Choosing a Good Travel Backpack

How to Choose a Good Travel Backpack - by Narayanan Hariharan One of the things that make or breaks your trip is a good backpack, and those who’ve travelled often will understand why. And to choose a good travel backpack is not as easy as one may...

Five Busted Backpacking Travel Myths

5 Myths of Backpacking Travel Busted - by Karlis Kikuts There are many different myths of backpacking travel that people still believe and in a lot of cases, gives them reasons to stay out of adventures and new travel experiences. Let us look at...

How to Select the Best Backpack Size for a Hike

How to select best backpack size for hike - by Rob Bignell The best size for your backpack depends on a number of factors. When day hiking, you’ll almost always want to wear a backpack. This ensures you have much-needed supplies – a...

Here’s Why You Are a Crappy Hiker: 35 Things to Stop Doing

Here's Why You Are a Crappy Hiker: 35 Things to Stop Doing to Decrapify Your Hiking & Camping Skills - by Ioanna - A Woman Afoot So you tried this hiking thing once or twice and you reached the conclusion that you suck at it. And you are probably...

Sometimes You Simply Have to Take a Hike

Take a Hike - by Virginia Johnson Sometimes, it seems like everybody goes hiking and camping in the great outdoors in the sticky, sweltering summertime. Those are the days when the bugs are at their worst, and the heat alone can leave you panting...

Yosemite’s Half Dome Mountain 

A full view of Half Dome - By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, L.A. Times Japanese artist Hokusai liked Mt. Fuji. Really liked it. So in the 1820s and 1830s, he made a series of 36 woodblock prints of the mountain, from near and far, in summer and winter. When...

How Hiking Changes Your Brain

Doctors Explain How Hiking Changes Your Brain - from Globelink Travel Over 50% of people now live in urban areas and experts predict this will reach 70% by 2050. It’s no secret that urbanisation is associated with stress and scientists advise that...

Hike Around Scotland

Hike Your Way Around Scotland - InsiderScotland - from Scotland is truly a hiker’s paradise with everything from city strolls to one day walks and on to two-week long distance epic adventures.It is easy to see why, as...

Trekking and Hiking Poles and Walking Sticks

Best Trekking Poles | Best Hiking Poles | Best Walking Sticks - from Hiking Lovers Zone Hiking poles aren’t just for hikers and adventurers. Sometimes that fun family trip can be a bit tiring. The blocks of walking and sightseeing can really add up, so...

Backpacking Challenge in the Rockies

Backpacking Challenge in the Rockies   by susielindau When the opportunity for a backpacking adventure in the Rocky Mountains arose, my thoughts raced back in time to when I hiked with a group of friends from Snowmass right outside of Aspen. My girlfriend had pointed...

Favorite Quotations

On the Trail

“I wanted to quit and to do this forever, sleep in a bed and in a tent, see what was over the next hill and never see a hill again. All of this all at once, every moment, on the trail or off.”
― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Become Young

It takes along time to become young.” ~ Pablo Picasso



Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ~ Farrah Gray



“In Massachusetts and Vermont, there had been plenty of mosquitoes, but in New Hampshire, they had reinforcements.”
― Jennifer Pharr Davis, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail


“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.”
― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods


“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
― John Muir, Our National Parks


Worrying is the same thing as banging your head against the wall. It only feels good when you stop.” ~ John Powers



There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.” ~ Bruce Lee



“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Good to Be Here

“Set loose, a child would run down the paths, scramble up the rocks, lie on the earth. Grown-ups more often let their minds do the running, scrambling, and lying, but the emotion is shared. It feels good to be here.”
― David Miller, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

Too Late

“That’s the trouble with losing your mind; by the time it’s gone, it’s too late to get it back.”
― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods


Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama


If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late” ~ James Goldsmith



“We move through this world on paths laid down long before we are born.”
― Robert Moor, On Trails: An Exploration

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