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 put…

Best of 2017: Your most-read OB posts

2017 was a big year for the OB. I hit my 100th post after a year of being much more intentional about writing regularly, redesigning OB’s layout, and making things “official” with a logo (thanks, Lindsay!) and a Facebook page. This year has been full of learning about what I like to write about, what…

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. And…

How to pack for your first camping trip

So you’ve gone hiking, and you didn’t hate it. In fact, you kinda sorta fell in love with the outdoors (it’s easy, don’t be afraid to fall hard). Now, you want to go camping. Pinterest will lead you to believe that you must either buy a ton of stuff or bring half your kitchen with…

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 most of Pinterest will tell you, if you want to try out hiking, you don’t need to buy much of anything. Honestly, if you’re on a well-maintained trail and…

Dolla Dolla Bills, Y’all: How to save on outdoor gear

First of all, you’re welcome for the Wyclef Jean/Akon reference. More importantly, 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 that I’ll share with you. Plus, I didn’t want you starting to think…

The evolution of socks: What to wear hiking and running

Before meeting my husband, who has been a major contributor to my outdoor education, I lived a life completely unaware of the glorious world of sock options. My entire sock wardrobe consisted of your run-of-the-mill white ankle socks. I also ride horses, and even though I had researched good socks to ride in, for some…

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

“I’m just starting out, I don’t need hiking boots,” I whined to my boyfriend. I hiked the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland in just sneakers and survived, despite the trail being less of a trail and more just rocks and boulders. So why did I need to buy hiking boots? Hiking boots can be expensive,…