Meats, Fish, Fruits and Veggies: Preparing, Drying and Packing before you set off with your backpack!


Backpacking is a nature lover’s sought after retreat, an opportunity to spend a certain amount of time in isolation with nature. And yet, as much as you love nature, you cannot live like animals and source your food while on the trail… This obvious side effect of civilization may have handicapped you in some ways, but it has also made available a variety of food options even while backpacking!

Now, when it comes to foods, the perishable ones are the most satisfying and healthy. But you could only take those along for the first day of the trek… otherwise, as the name suggests, they will perish! There are a number of things you can do instead, and before we go on to that, let’s take a look at your options…

Top 11 foods that can be carried while backpacking (some packaged and some prepared)

1. Gorp or Trail mix
2. Energy bars
3. Granola, preferably home made
4. Dried fruits
5. Beef Jerky
6. Certain fruits that can stay fresh for a few days (not dried)
7. Candy bars
8. Peanut butter
9. Hard cheeses
10. Tin of Tuna
11. Crackers!

And now that you have the basic list of foodstuff that most people would carry while backpacking, it is time you find out the second most important point…

How would you pack them?

  • So far as perishable foods go, it is best if you keep most of these for the first day of the hike. Most energy giving foods like bananas will perish beyond that. However, you may keep fruits like apple, which won’t perish, handy for the 2nd day as well… For everything else there’s drying, instruction for which you will find below.

  • Another option is packed or store-bought. Though these tend to be quite expensive and may not always taste as good as home-cooked foods, they will keep you going and give you a lot of sustenance. Alternately, there are a number of things that you could mix up at home and carry along instead of buying, like granola or gorp. For other options, check out our other inner pages.

  • And the last option is to prepare your foods beforehand.This is a good option that includes drying and dehydrating perishables at home, and also mixing together dried ingredients which need only be rehydrated while on the trail to make tasty yummy dishes.

When it comes to trail recipes, and how to mix and match or cook on the trail, you can check out our other inner pages. As for drying, here’s how…

How to dry perishable food?

Fruits

Here’s a list of the different fruits and vegetables that dehydrate well:

 Fruits  Vegetables
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Apricots
  • Pears
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Plums
  • Pineapples
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Sweet corn
  • Peas
  • Garlic
  • Greens


The best option is to use a dehydrator. But even then, there are technicalities of how thick the pieces need to be, and how you should lay them out, temperatures and duration of dehydration. And nothing can be more helpful than a video. So check this out:



The dried fruits are fine as they are or in trail mixes. They even work well in trail oatmeal porridges. As for the vegetables, rehydrating a mix of those with boiling water can make lovely broths and stews that are nourishing and tasty!

That was about fruits and vegetables (which use the same process). But with meats and fish, the techniques are a little different. Beef is usually the chosen meat. And so far as fish go, if you love them, they too can be dehydrated.

Beef Jerky

This is the best way to get proteins while on a hike. And there are two ways to make it: in the oven and in a dehydrator. Here’s how you can do either:


Beef Jerky in the Oven:

Beef Jerky using a Dehydrator:

You can also dehydrate your own burger meat. Find the recipe here . And either of these can also make your soups and stews tastier!

Fish

Here’s how you can dehydrate fish:



With fish, leaner options like halibut, Pollock, trout are your best bet. However, salmon, crappie and other sea food like crabmeat, lobster, and shrimps etc. can also be dehydrated!

So far as drying of foods go, dehydrators do not cost a bomb, and besides most of these can also be adapted to oven recipes. And of course, dried foods keep for a very long time, so even if you do not use it all on the trail, you can use it later for quick recipes and yummy snacks!

So waste no more time, start planning and start preparing for the food you eat on your next hike!

Accessorize your backpacking trip in Style with 5 top notch products!!


Whoever said that backpacking can’t be accessorized? After all, when you’re out in the wild with the gang, you have some dress codes to follow which means accessorizing your apparel might be restricted…but here are some backpacking accessories that can more than rise to the occasion and be the cause of envy among your team-mates!!

Now who would want to pass up a chance like that?!

Now the commercial market is inventing and developing new items every minute and if you don’t want to end up with a lot of junk all thanks to the ocean full of choices…here are some assorted stuff recommended by the regulars with hiking, and professionals…

Take a look at:

AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras and Accessories-Black

When it comes to backpacking, why not try with the backpack itself! Reviewed by about 551 customers, this backpack boasts:

  • Of plenty of room for your camera equipments, lots of pouches, zip-packages that accommodate camera of all sizes.
  • In fact, backpack holds and protects 3-4 lenses above 2 smaller SLR cameras, not to mention small accessories.
  • Made of durable black polyester, or a nylon exterior, it is easy to maintain as well. Backpacking means a bit of dirt and grass but you have no worries of high maintenance charges.
  • Great dimensions, spacious and manageable.
  • Heavily padded shoulder straps are meant for comfort maximization on the go!

No wonder then this particular product gains a grand rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 stars at Amazon.com.

Suisse Sport Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag

Sleeping out in the wild can’t get any more comfortable than with this product available at Amazon.com. The sleeping bag sports the following features:

  • Made of 100% polyester, this sleeping gear is easy to keep clean and maintain.
  • This is perfect for size and weight conscious hikers, given that it comes in extra small sizes.
  • It is also easy to carry around, seeing that it compresses down to a mere 12 x 7 x 7 inches dimension.
  • Double layer construction and 100% rip stop linings protect the insides of the sleeping bag.
  • Boasts of 700-gram Micro Tekk. and 7 microfiber insulation, not to mention a full chest baffle.
  • Weighs a mere 2.9 pounds, and comes with draft tubes and utility pocket.

Reviewed by 490 customers, the product has received a rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. For greater details do look up Amazon.com.

Gregory Accessories Raincover

Protection from the elements is of utmost importance when it comes to backpacking in the trails. It is best to get a product like this which:

  • Has a capacity of 5000-6000 in 3.
  • Weighs 80-1001
  • Available in 5 sizes.
  • Fully seam-taped.
  • Most importantly, protects your bag and gear from the rain!

The product has bagged a decent 4.6 stars out of 5 at Amazon.com.

Moving on…

Lightload Towels (Two Pack12x12″hand Size), the Only Towels That Are Survival Tools

Towels are your best friends when it comes to hiking…and the usage is endless, so best invest in a good pair. This pack is:

  • Way more absorbent when compared to other materials like cotton and microfiber.
  • The fabric keeps you warm.
  • Waterproof packaging ensures dry clean cloth, always.
  • Very soft.

The set has received 4.7 out of 5 stars at Amazon. You can look up the details on the same site.

What’s a backpacking trip without a hammock? So here you are…

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

It is:

  • 100% polyester material, easy to wash and maintain.
  • A perfect choice for a cost conscious low key backpacking trip.
  • Easy to carry and tote around even in colder areas.
  • Sturdy, durable and furnished with triple stitched seams for an addition strength boost.
  • Mildew resistant material can be machine washed without a hitch.

The hammock has managed a decent rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com, and 180 customer reviews.

Now that you have so many options to choose from, it is decision time!! Backpacking accessorizing has never been this easy!  

Different backpacks for different tastes

Every backpacker needs a backpack that he can wax eloquent about. Think it to be an overstatement, do you? It is not, for a backpack can truly make or break a trip. In order to zero in on the perfect backpack, you need to get a hang of the various styles in which it comes. For those who are not tuned in to the backpack trends, here is the lowdown.

Waist Packs

Waist packs are also known as fanny packs, lumber packs or hip packs. Though they are not backpacks in the true sense of the term, waist packs can be a good substitute for backpacks, particularly if you are going for a day hike. The weight of the waist pack is placed in the curve of your spine, near your centre of balance. Thus, virtually, these bags put no strain on your body. Typically, waist packs have side pockets where you can keep your water bottles.

Hydration Packs

These bags feature a bladder with a drinking tube around which the backpack has been created. While some hydration packs contain the bladder and shoulder straps, their more expensive counterparts come with a casing and side pockets which make them backpacks in the true sense of the term.     

Day Packs
 
 These bags are perfect for day hikes. Typically, these smaller sized backpacks have shoulder straps and no hip belt. Some day packs may have a chest strap to prevent your shoulders from getting pulled back by the load of your pack.

Midsize Packs

These packs are perfect for multi day hikes. In fact, these rucksacks are also ideal for people who go for day excursions but need to carry lots of things like books and cameras.     

Expedition Backpacks
 
Just as the name suggests, expedition backpacks are just the thing you will need when you will be on the trail for weeks. These bags have a broad hip belt which can direct the weight to the hips in place of the shoulders. Most of these bags come equipped with lumbar packs which shield the base of the spine from the extra stress of a heavier pack. Besides, expedition backpacks are roomy enough to keep all your essentials handy.

You can find numerous backpack options at a store near you as well as at various online stores. Before you decide on any of them, make sure that you find the best deal on your chosen product. Also, check out if the backpack you are willing to settle on has been well received by other customers. In that case, the online reviews will help you.

Here is a backpack that you can consider buying.

The High Sierra Long Trail 90 Suspension Pack is known to be a lightweight, sturdy, cost effective backpack for weekend adventures.

The essential features of the bag include:

  • The bag measures 10.8 x 33.5 x 15.5 inches and weighs 7 pounds.
  • Aluminum frame imparts sturdiness to the bag.
  • 90 liter top load compartment
  • The sleeping bag compartment in the bottom has a zippered divider. It separates clothes and gear in the main compartment.
  • Large, zippered front pocket.
  • The adjustable top lid with leash points and pockets come handy to hold extra gear.
  • It can tighten down even when not full.
  • Durable

The backpack gains a very high rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com. Users, who have reviewed the product at Amazon.com, have considered it to be worth every penny. No doubt, most of the users have found this backpack recommendable. If you want to know more interesting facts about this product, do visit the Amazon website.

Now that you know the ABCs of the different types of backpacks available around, finding the right thing for your needs will be a snap.

10 Tips on How You Can Stay Safe In Thunderstorms While Backpacking!


A thunderstorm might seem a pretty nasty thing even while you are safe and secure within the four walls of your room!

Imagine how much worse it can get when you are caught in one… out in the wild! No wonder then that the alarm-quotient increases when you are a thousand miles away from the safety of your home…backpacking in the middle of some lonely stretch….and a deafening thunderstorm strikes!

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Given that you don’t have any control over the elements, it is better to be prepared for such conditions en route.

The first step to prepare yourself is to know that…

There are 3 types of thunderstorms that you might experience during Backpacking:

1. Direct cloud-to-ground strikes: as the name implies, it creates direct strikes, which – despite being relatively rare – can cause severe burns and even stop the heart!

2. Side flashes: these are of the same strength as that of direct strikes, but since they are more common, injury rates in this case are that much higher!

3. Ground currents: Another major cause of injury! This type of thunderstorm is as serious as side flashes and direct strikes.

Now for the MAIN QUESTION…

How can you avoid an encounter with such a dangerous elemental condition?

 Just Remember these points before you leave for your backpacking trip!

  • Check the local weather report! Use the internet, radio or TV to stay informed and updated about the local weather conditions…they can change rapidly during your backpacking trip!
  • Pack warm clothes, adequate rain-gear and tarpaulins, irrespective of the time and duration of your hiking trip.
  • Purchase a weather identification guide and learn about basic cloud formations, humidity etc. This way you can rely on your instincts to get you out of thunderstorms as well.
  • Pack a good first aid kit and sometimes, learning CPR for emergencies also helps.

With these steps taken, you will at least be prepared to face the thunderstorm and might escape it without any major or even minor damage!

However, you need to stay conscious about other factors while backpacking too!

You should note that there isn’t a 100% “safe way” to survive outdoors during a thunderstorm, however if you keep these following points in mind…you are sure to be benefitted!

10 Points to remember while backpacking

  1. Move out of the open and exposed areas at the first signs of doubt about an approaching thunderstorm.

  2. Avoid being in a location near/by any water body.

  3. Canopies, picnic or rain shelters, out-houses, etc. are also unsafe areas. So steer clear of them.

  4. If you are hiking in a group, keep a minimum gap of 6 meters between yourselves. That way, if one person goes down, the rest might still get away safely!

  5. Find an area that is not exposed – like a sturdy building or a vehicle…and take cover!

  6. If you can’t find a safe shelter, sit on top of your pack with your feet crouched together on the ground, eyes closed and ears covered with your hands. The backpack material might act as a non-conductor, protecting you from catching a direct hit.

  7. If you are carrying any metal gear and a thunderstorm strikes, drop it on the ground and stay as far away from it as you possibly can.

  8. If your hair stands up on the end or if you experience a tingling sensation, then the surrounding air is electrified and lighting is about strike. It is best to keep your eyes and ears covered and hold your breath in this case…

  9. Wait for at least 30 minutes after the thunderstorm passes before you resume any activity.

  10. If any one of your group gets hit by lightning, provide him with emergency treatment ASAP!

As mentioned earlier, even if you remember these points, it is not that you are completely safe if you have the bad luck of getting caught in a thunderstorm… but, YES…your chances of getting away unhurt increase manifold if you follow the pointers mentioned….and, always keep a good head on your shoulders…it helps!

3 water container choices for that effortless backpacking!!

When you feel thirsty, you drink water…right? But it is not this simple when you are in the midst of an adventurous backpacking trip! For simple safety reasons, you would like to carry your own water but that is where all the problems arise. How do you carry water: that’s the big question! Enough water for that matter!  You also want to ensure that your backpack remains lightweight! With all these factors to be considered, water on a backpacking trip can be a messy chore if not arranged and carried properly.

So, as we figured…the water container on your trip is of utmost importance.

Priority to select a water container

Choose from any of these three options:

  • Strength and durability
  • Light weight
  • Collapsible

And why exactly should you opt for these three types?

Check this video to get your answer.



Now you know which water container will be ideal for your backpacking trip. But if you want to make the right purchase, consider these options!

If you thought that collapsible water containers are ideal for you, then perhaps nothing will be better than the Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene. This one is going to blow you over with features like:

  • Multi-layered construction for strength, stiffness; yet soft and flexible to be folded when empty
  • It comes with a wide mouth, so that you can drop ice cubes inside it easily. Cleaning and accommodating all major air filters are also easy.
  • Reliability is enhanced by a guaranteed leak proof system.
  • It is dishwasher safe.
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
  • It is available in 48 and 96 ounce capacities.

Wide mouth water containers are great for backpacking…So, if you are planning to purchase one, why not look for the Nalgene Silo Tritan Wide Mouth 48 Oz Travel Bottle.Available in 42 ounce capacities this container has

  • Guaranteed leak proof system
  • It easily slides into standard backpack side pockets
  • It is very durable
  • The cap has a Standard 63-mm Loop

For a more reliable material like stainless steel or aluminum, the Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle can be a great choice. The reasons follow:

  • It is created out of non-leaching, toxin-free and BPA free material
  • Not only lightweight and durable, it is also 100% reusable.
  • The slim design enhances ease of transportation.
  • It accommodates large ice-cubes
  • It is dishwasher friendly.
  • It is available in 12, 18, 27 and 40 ounce capacities.
  • Select from a wide range of colors like steel, pink, red, yellow, orange, blue…the list goes on!

With all these options, hopefully you are less worried about carrying water on your hiking trip. Staying hydrated on the trail is primary for a great hiking experience. Comfortable and accessible water containers make it an effortless experience. Opt for the right one…and have a great time ahead.

Toilet Manners: How to answer nature’s calls on a backpacking trip


Call it personal hygiene, funk removal or by whatever name you choose, camping sanitation practices have much to do with the aesthetics of the wilderness. It also involves avoiding fines, your personal comfort as well as your health and the health of your fellow hikers. But how can you keep your trail area clean when you probably won’t have any faucet, bidet or garbage disposals at hand? It doesn’t take much to do it, actually.

But to ensure proper hygiene in the wilderness, make sure that you keep certain things handy well in advance. These include:

  • Biodegradable toilet papers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Plastic trowel
  • Sanitary napkins ( for women)
  • Small bottle of isopropyl alcohol ( to keep yourself clean)
  • Some cotton balls ( to keep yourself clean)
Now the question that arises here is:

How To Pee Or Poop While Backpacking?

Well, you may not want to “go” out in the wilderness because you are too bashful or uncomfortable in the process. But honestly, guys don’t need a “toilet” to pee. But don’t   relieve yourself near camp sites as the urine odor can linger in the air. Ladies, you might face a little difficulty, but even then, with a backpacking trowel, you can bury your excreta at a permissible spot.
 
Now, comes the BIGGER problem……..

If you need to excrete in the woods (of course you will need to), you can follow the following tips to maintain hygiene.

  • Use a place which is at least 200 feet away from any water source.
  • Don’t forget to carry a lightweight plastic backpacker’s trowel
  • Dig a hole about 4-6 inches deep and just squat over it. Okay, you may find it a little uncomfortable initially. But have faith; it can result in a more healthful natural elimination.
  • Use a tissue paper to wipe yourself, and then, cover the hole with soil and tissue paper.
  • However, if you backpack in an area where fires are allowed, you can also burn the used TPs to ashes.
  • Always clean your hands with a sanitizer.
  • Also, keep your trowel as clean as feasible.
Regarding the choice of place to poop or urinate, Livestrong.com mentions that you need to

“Learn to recognize harmful plants and bushes when you know you will need to drop your drawers in the great outdoors. A case of poison ivy spreading across your bottom and genitals will put a real damper on your walking. Poison oak, ragweed, primrose and sumac all can put a damper on your comfort. Watch for bugs and snakes.”
Now ladies, there is something for you to pay heed to….

What Should You Do If You Have Periods?

Of course, you will make use of your sanitary napkins. However, most commercially available tampons and pads contain chemicals to absorb liquid. They are pollutants and you cannot decompose them. However, why don’t you bring an extra trash bag with you so that you can throw out the “trash” just like anything else?

Since you will need lots of toilet paper during the trip, you can carry a TP pack that contains sufficient sheet rolls. The Seventh Generation Bathroom Tissue, 2-Ply Sheets, 500-Sheet Rolls (Pack of 48)

…is the numero uno choice of numerous tissue paper users as:

  • The tissue is made from 100% recycled paper
  • It is whitened with chemicals that strictly do not make use of chlorine.
  • It contains septic-safe and hypoallergenic materials

Till date, 200 reviewers have reviewed the product at Amazon.com and it gains a very decent rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Do you want to consider this product? Then don’t forget to visit the Amazon website…

So, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in wilderness is not a Herculean job. What say you?

The Things You Should Know When Hiking Along Forested Trails…


The forest is a place full of the unknown, both in terms of animal life and terrain. But that’s also the reason why a hike through the forest is one interesting activity that no backpacking enthusiast should miss. And having a guide is your safest and best bet!

So are you wondering where you can find this elusive guide?? Any search on the net would reveal a host of info and guides for rainforests. But not all forests are rainforests! So here’s a guide for everything you need to know!


Some Facts to Know

  • Forest hikes can be prolonged for a few days, or can even be concluded in a day!
  • You need to be well aware of directions and not get lost!
  • Don’t expect it to be well lit at all times, so be prepared with lights and torches…
  • You will be exposed to the elements, so protection is a primary concern.
  • Never go hiking without a basic first-aid kit, and this applies even to forest trails!
  • Just because you are in the forest does not mean you will get food! So be prepared with food.
  • Same holds true for water. You do not want to get dehydrated.
  • Another important thing is shelter. If it is not a day hike carry supplies to set up camp.

 And now for an essentials packing list

You will be carrying all your supplies, so make sure you stick to the basics and no unnecessary stuff!

  • A map is essential.
  • Also a compass
  • Carry batteries and flashlight.
  • Clothing that will adequately cover your body. This is essential to avoid damage because of the sun.
  • Adequate food.
  • A lightweight stove for cooking
  • A pocket knife
  • First aid kit
  • Water proof boots
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Insect repellant
  • Lip balm
  • Hat and gloves for more cover
  • Bottles of water
  • Tent and other equipment for setting up tent and camp
  • A whistle for communication
  • Matches or any other fire-starter
  • Tarps or reflective blankets
  • At least 2 pairs of socks

All these things will ensure that you have an enjoyable and safe hike!

And finally, Safety First!

It goes without saying that you must do your homework first – find out as much as you can about the region and the intended campsite.  And this includes staying up to date about the weather conditions.
Depending on the weather conditions, you may need to pack some extra gear.

Other than that, here are some safety precautions to keep in mind:

  • When setting up camp, pick places where people have already camped earlier.
  • Also make sure there are no leaning trees near your camp. They may fall and catch you unawares.
  • You do not want to fall sick, so never use any surface water before treating it.
  • Always make sure you sign in the trail registries. This ensures that you are accounted for, and will get help if you need it.
  • Follow all the rules and regulations.
  • Do not get too near any wild animals.
  • Don’t touch any young animals, even if they seem to look abandoned.
  • Make sure you stay warm, keep covered and avoid strong winds. Hypothermia is a serious risk when back packing in cold climates, especially in forests. Also avoid getting wet and make sure you eat and stay hydrated. And of course, look out for the typical signs of hypothermia to arrest it before it gets out of hand. Here’s a guide to the symptoms from the United States Department of Agriculture:

“uncontrollable shivering; vague, slurred speech; memory lapses; incoherence, or irrational behavior; fumbling hands; frequent stumbling; drowsiness or exhaustion; hallucinations; blueness of skin; dilation of pupils; weak or irregular pulse; unconsciousness”
  • In case of any problems or illness, take immediate action, and call the forest authorities for help.

All this information is bound to make your forest hike an enjoyable and safe experience. So keep it in mind and prepare to have fun!

Footwear for Backpacking: What to Pick and Why to Pick


When it comes to choosing gears for backpacking, you undoubtedly have many decisions to make. However, the most important decision involves choosing the right backpacking footwear. Let alone backpacking, even simple strolls can become a nightmarish experience with the wrong footwear. In fact, a bad boot choice can lead to uneasiness, serious injury on the way and thus, it can ruin your excursion altogether.

So how can you get the perfect pair of shoes for backpacking?

Tips to buy the perfect pair of footwear:

Consider the following factors before you settle on a footwear for backpacking:

  • How often do you backpack and research foot wares which are ideal for your intended usage.
  • Take some time to select the right boot for you. Try some footwear before you decide on any one of them. Walk around the store and minutely note how they feel. If possible, try walking with a loaded rucksack.
P.S: However, while you are hiking, you can wear the socks you normally wear.

From traditional boots to light flip-flops, the modern market is flooded with several footwear options which can suit you and your backpacking style.

  • Though the traditionalists prefer wearing hiking boots during excursion, an ill-fitted boot can be the key to a ruined backpacking trip. Finding a really good, comfortable pair of boots is not very easy either. However, the heavy hiking boots are ideal for excursions in cold places and rugged terrain.
  • Of  late, Trail shoes have become a popular choice among numerous backpacking enthusiasts. These lighter footwear help to increase your agility. Besides, the flexible uppers of the trail shoes guard your feet better.

  • Even sandals have gained much popularity as backpacking footwear. However, hiking sandals are especially designed with toe caps that shield against rock kicking. Moreover, the lugged soles allow for a better grip.   
  • Toed shoes are the latest version of backpacking footwear. These “barefoot shoes” have individual compartments for each toe. Backpacking enthusiasts appreciate the fact that these toes are not confined, and they are extremely flexible.

You can have your own choice of shoes for backpacking. However, before you decide on a pair of shoes, make sure that you do a thorough research on the footwear that catches your fancy. The market is flooded with many hiking footwear choices, both for men and women. Among them, the Montrail Women’s Mountain Masochist Trail Running Shoe has received rave reviews from its users.

The specialty of these shoes lies in the fact that …

  • They have man-made soles.
  • The shoes are made from synthetic materials and mesh.
  • The digging lugs of the shoes provide better grip on loose surfaces such as mud and gravel.
  • It is available in many attractive colors.
  • It is available in many size options.
The product gains a near perfect rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com. It is here that you can have these shoes at a discounted rate.

Men can love the Montrail Men’s Mountain Masochist Trail Running Shoe which has been hailed as a top selling performance trail runner.
 
These shoes feature:

  • They are made from mesh and synthetic materials.
  • Manmade soles.
  • The breathable, light and wicking mesh upper with webbing straps allow for comfortable fit.
  • The responsive EVA midsole cushioning imparts extra mid-foot support
  • The Gryptonite outsole offers superb trail traction.
  • It comes in many sizes.
The unit gains a very high rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars at Amazon.com. Most of the consumers agree that the shoes fit well, they are breathable and supportive. You can learn more good things about this shoe model at Amazon.com.
 
So, are you ready to choose your own hiking shoe now?

A complete insight on an ideal backpack


When it comes to hiking backpacks, there is so much widespread variety in terms of features, styles, price and brands, that you are bound to get puzzled at the time of purchase. Unless, of course you are absolutely certain about your choice! But if not, spend a few minutes here and learn how to pick the best backpack in the business!

Do you know how many types of backpacks are there?

The number is four!
  • Fanny Backpacks
  • Hydration packs
  • Day hiking packs
  • Multiday hiking backpacks

Hope these options will help you out. However, following are

The Features that make an Ideal backpack!

  • Suspension system: Choose a backpack by an up-to-date and a reputable manufacturer to get a good suspension system.

  • Hip belt: Without a good hip belt, all the weight of the backpack will be concentrated on your shoulder, neck and back muscles.Look for broader and better-padded belts.
  • Shoulder harness: The shoulder harness keeps the upper pack closer to you and also supports the weight of the backpack. Curved shoulder harnesses fit better.

  • Stabilizer straps: If you are having a backpack with an internal frame, the stabilizer straps are important. An ideal backpack should have an upper stabilizer strap and a hip belt stabilizing strap.

  • Lumber pads: A limber pad with a high-friction fabric is ideal as it prevents the belt from slipping.

Now, those of you who can’t wait to zero in on the best hiking backpack…here is

TETON Sports Explorer 4000 Internal Frame Backpack! This backpack is going to you amaze you by its

  • Rugged, internal frame and a capacity of 4,000 cubic inches
  • 5 pounds of weight
  • Dual aluminum stays that perfectly fit with the contour of your back
  • Padded shoulder straps, waist belts and lumber area that provide optimum comfort
  • Full length adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable torso
  • Separate sleeping bag compartment.

No wonder, with so many commendable features…this backpack has scored a high rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from its users.

So, what are you waiting for? Go…grab your ideal backpack before you set out for the hiking experience of a lifetime.

Colorado: A Must-Go for Your Adventurous Soul


To put it simply, Colorado is a backpacker’s paradise. Choose your pick – an epic week-long journey on the popular trails or a one-night halt at the Pike National Forest over-seeing the twinkling city-lights from a distance! No matter what you choose, one thing is for sure: you will find yourself in the lap of snow-clad mountain peaks and gorgeous green valleys! Colorado with its miles of wilderness, national parks and other public lands offer you the ideal respite from the shackles of modern life.

But, to let Colorado leave a permanent impression on your life…you need to figure out

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The Ideal Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Colorado is between the months of mid-July and September. The reason:

“The wildflowers in the high country are not at their peak until late July, early August.”

You can also opt for the fall, but it might bring about a winter-like weather. However, the peak can extensively vary depending on the elevation and year-to year weather variations.

Pick according to your choice! But, with so many options before you which trail are you going to avail?

Confused?

Not Anymore! Here is the list of the

Top 5 Trails of Colorado

The Four Pass Loop: It is perhaps THE destination for the greatest short backpacking trip in Colorado.

When the scenic splendor of the Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells meet, the backpackers are in for a rewarding three to four day loop over the four mountain passes near Aspen. If you are visiting during early summer, the amazing array of wildflowers is going to leave you speechless.

Elevation Gain: 8,000 feet.

Get a permit at the trailhead.      


Buffalo Peaks Wilderness: Get away from the crowd for a couple of days! This place is scarcely populated. However, the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness a treasure trove with

“rolling hills and broad meadows, dominated by the twin cones of the Buffalo Peaks.”

The best campsites, with established fire-rings are situated in the Buffalo meadows.

Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet.

No permits required!

South Colony Lakes: This is a lovely alpine basin, situated in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is the primary access point for four fourteeners: Humboldt, Crestone and Kit Carson peaks and Crestone Needle. This is an extremely popular trail with the roads leading to makeshift campsites and timberline.

Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet.

No permits required; however no camping is permitted within 300 feet of the lake.   

Wheeler Geologic Area: In here you will get the most bizarre rock formations of Colorado. It is going to be a bone-jarring drive or a long hike, but once you reach the Wheeler Geologic Area, you will be taken aback because,

“Hidden in the La Garita range of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, in the Rio Grande National Forest, erosion has created a wonderland of rock pillars, shards and canyons to rival Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park”

Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet.

No permits required; however, beware of the loose and dangerous rocks.   


Weminuche Wilderness: This place, though remote, offers countless backpacking opportunities. Take a train to the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and spend a couple of days amidst the best mountain scenery Colorado has to offer. This might be that Must-Have Colorado experience that you should not give a miss.

Elevation Gain: 8,000 feet

No permits required.    

Backpacking in Colorado can turn out to be one of the best hiking experiences of your life. However, don’t forget to be safe. Because, if you stay safe you will be able to enjoy the trip much more!!