Beginner’s guide to saving money on outdoor gear

Outdoor gear is effing expensive. There’s almost no getting around it. Well, almost. Fear not, my fellow sticker-shocked outdoors beginners – there are ways to save some cash while gearing up. First, a word on getting ALL THE STUFF If you want to go on a hike for a few hours, you do need to beContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to saving money on outdoor gear”

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 likeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking”

What to bring hiking when you’re just starting out

As a beginner, you’ll probably always have cell service and not be far from civilization, so you don’t have to be prepared for the apocalypse on your first hike. BUT (there’s always a but) bringing a few basic supplies will make sure you have a good time and can deal with minor mishaps. Here’s what I putContinue reading “What to bring hiking when you’re just starting out”

Beginner’s guide to microspikes for snowy hiking and running

Getting outside year-round is tough. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s icy. I can’t fix daylight savings time or the thermometer, but I can help you with traction.

Beginner’s guide to what to eat when you go hiking

Snacking is one of my favorite pastimes, so I was super excited to write this post (and equally surprised it took me this long to get to it). Outdoors activities open up a glorious new world of snacking. What other reason could possibly justify the purchase of Sports Beans? Yes, those are a thing. AndContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to what to eat when you go hiking”

What to wear the first time you go hiking

Editor’s Note: Most of you get here by Googling some form of “Can I wear sweatpants to go hiking?” The answer is absolutely yes.  Despite what Pinterest will tell you, if you want to try out hiking, you don’t need much. If you’re on a well-maintained trail and go on a day with mild temperatures,Continue reading “What to wear the first time you go hiking”

The best socks for hiking and running

For a long time, I lived life completely unaware of the glorious world of sock options. I thought that white cotton ankle socks were as good as it got. But during my first-ever trip to REI, I was informed in no uncertain terms that cotton socks were not going to cut it. Cotton doesn’t wickContinue reading “The best socks for hiking and running”

Gear Guide: How to pick out your first pair of hiking boots

I define hiking as walking outside on an unpaved surface. Which could be why I have an unpopular opinion about hiking footwear. My hot take on hiking boots: 90% of people getting outside probably don’t need hiking boots in the first place. They’re expensive. And most hikes the average Outdoor Beginner goes on don’t requireContinue reading “Gear Guide: How to pick out your first pair of hiking boots”