Suburban hiking trails near Fullerton, CA

Hiking trails can be found just about everywhere in the United States but sometimes you need a little help tracking them down. Even in my moderately urban neighborhood we have a tiny forested space tucked at the end of a dead end street that took me months of dog walking to discover. The trails are …

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Camping Tip: Leave out the Air Mattress

If you’re looking to save some weight or space on your next backpacking trip or just want to simplify your camping equipment checklist, consider leaving your air mattress at home next time. It turns out nature is often pretty good at providing a replacement that costs nothing and requires zero heavy lifting! Sleeping pads or …

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Glamping: Glamorous Camping

For those whose idea of roughing it involves a stay in a hotel without room service, glamping may just be the only way to experience the great outdoors. “Glamping” is short for glamorous camping and it’s a trend that’s taking hold from New Zealand to Jordan and everywhere in between. The New Zealand Herald posted …

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Hiking every trail in the White Mountains

How’s this for goal dedication: Tony Federer recently completed a 50-year+ quest to hike all the trails in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountains Guide. Federer started hiking the trails in the late 1940s and completed the final section just this summer. The 600-page hiking guide Federer used lists more than 1,400 miles of trails …

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Camping participation affected by gas prices (sorta)

The Branson Daily News has a story about some local campground owners and their take on how gas prices and the economy are affecting their campground businesses. One of the campers interviewed said the economy hasn’t meant less camping for him, it’s just meant fewer but longer trips. According to some Branson campground owners interviewed …

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New High Tech Boots from Hi-Tec

Hi-Tec launched a new pair of water proof hiking boots called the V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPI that pack some pretty impressive technology we haven’t seen in a pair of footwear before. If the name of the boot alone doesn’t convince you the boots are high tech, check this out: the ion-mask technology used in the …

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Hiking classes at University of Georgia

Here’s one class students won’t want to skip: the University of Georgia offers three hiking classes through the physical education department to introduce students to outdoor activities within the state. PEDB1100 is a beginning backpacking and hiking class that teaches students how to pack for a hike and culminates in a weekend camping and hiking …

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Hiking and National Parks: McCain vs. Obama

Ok, I know, you’re probably tired of hearing about the election and the candidates by now and you probably figured you’d read this blog to get away from it all. But with the election just a week away I thought I’d point you to an interesting Q&A with the candidates in Backpacker Magazine this month. …

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Haunted Campground Event in Missouri

Here’s something I haven’t heard about: a Halloween camping event. The Second Annual Haunted Campground at Mozingo is happening in Maryville, MO this weekend and according to this article the campsites are sure to fill up fast (first come, first served!). Events and activities include a haunted graveyard, mazes, games, and of course, plenty of …

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100 square foot living spaces

Photos from The Martin House Company. With tough economic times facing many Americans some folks are deciding to go on semi-permanent camping trips in specially designed tiny houses. CNN.com posted an interesting article on the trend and it turns out it’s not just retirees deciding to downsize their living spaces these days. Tiny houses can …

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Fall hiking tips

There was a brief article on azcentral.com (Phoenix area news station) about cool weather hiking. It got me thinking – if folks in Phoenix of all places need to be mindful of hiking safety in cool weather, how much more important is it in places like New England and the Midwest? Here are some things …

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Voluntourism: American Hiking Society

Photo from American Hiking Society By now you’ve probably heard about the idea of “voluntourism” – mixing vacation tours with a chance to give back to the world in a small way. According to one study, in 2007 11% of vacationers planned to volunteer during their trip – a huge increase from just the year …

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Camping is lost tradition?

Photo from goodexperience.com. Lake County Record-Bee columnist Mandy Feder wrote an article last week lamenting the end of the good old days of family camping in the United States. She writes that these days it seems when families go camping (if they go camping at all) they’re more likely to be sleeping in metal RVs …

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Top 5 Camping Essentials

The ontheroad blog posted their list of the top 5 camping essentials and after reading it I was left scratching my head. I mean, sure they hit all the major items – sleeping bag, tent, flashlight, stove – but the first item on the list was an air mattress / foam pad, an item many …

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Outdoor television shows

Host/Survivalist Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild Love ’em or hate ’em, reality television shows have come to dominate the cable network offerings and these days there are actually some pretty good ones for outdoor buffs like me. Sure Survivor was perhaps the first outdoor reality show but we’ve really come a long way since …

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Classic camping meals

The National Wildlife Federation re-posted an article on camping meals originally published in 1965 (!) with receipes for classic camping meals including fish, eggs, bacon, steak, and potatoes. My favorite tips from the article have to be the ones about cooking fish. The author seems to imply that we’ll be catching our own fish while …

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Best adventure travel books: Part II

Two years ago I wrote about some of the best adventure travel books I had read at the time. Since then I’ve read a number of great travel books I’d like to recommend in no particular order. First, though, a recap of books I recommended in my previous post: On the Beaten Path by Robert …

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World’s most dangerous hiking trail

The Huashan trail in China is perhaps one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world and one look at this photo confirms this designation. Rich Archer posted a detailed description of the trail with tons of photos on his website that’s definitely worth a look – that is if you’re not afraid of …

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