Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water…and you actually remember to drink it. I can’t even count how many times just drinking some water has taken care of feeling like…

Gift guide for the injured runners in your life

It can be difficult to find a gift that strikes the balance between, “This will be helpful to you in your athletic endeavors” and, “Remember how you can’t run right now? Because I’ve just given you a gift for running? Which you can’t do right now. Because you’re injured.” But rest and recovery come with…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Coleman one-burner butane camp stove

I have long been an advocate of “keep it simple, stupid” when it comes to campground food. But to keep it hot-dogs-and-smores simple, you need a fire. This year’s drought in Colorado resulted in statewide fire bans, and we had a camping trip planned for early August. We kept hoping the bans would get lifted…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Teton Sports Double Sleeping Bag

I’m not too proud to admit that I don’t like sacrificing snuggling while camping. Unzipping one sleeping bag and using it as a blanket isn’t warm enough, plus it always slides off. And what’s the point of sleeping in the cold if you can’t snuggle your significant other? I put the Teton Sports Tracker Ultralight…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Best lightweight gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full swing here in Colorado. I’ve had two great pairs of lightweight gloves that I love, so I’m pitting them against each other to help you decide for yourself. It’s The North Face’s Women’s…

Why beginner hikers should consider hiking/trekking poles

REI already has a great blog post about how to use and buy trekking poles, but the true beginners out there may be wondering: 1) What even are trekking poles? 2) Why on earth you would want them when they look so dorky? Let’s start with the first one. Hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staff,…