Hiking Bag | Trail Etiquette That’s Considerate

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Hiking Bag Trekkers

Backpackers Follow Unwritten Rules

Hiking bag backpackers are usually respectful to their fellow hikers. Courteous hikers adapt to basic rules they follow for everyone’s benefit.  Outdoor recreation is guided by a common regard for your fellow hikers.  Littering is against the law in many places yet you probably see it everywhere. How does the backpack hiking experience remain beautiful if no one shows consideration?  You may be confused about rules that are not law, but hikers need to follow them regardless.

Pets And People

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Hiking bag trail excursions are made up of humans and often dogs. At some point, Mother Nature calls each one, usually at the most inopportune time. If you relieve yourself, do so 200 feet or 40 adult paces away from the trail or any water source. Leave no trace. Dogs never fear making it to the bathroom on time however, owners should always remove their dog’s waste. Pets should be kept on a leash and under control while hiking with you.

Hiking Backpack – Bury Or Carry Your Waste

It’s wise and respectful to bury your dog’s waste or carry it to the next hiker station where it can be flushed in the toilet or a garbage can.  The same principal applies for humans.  Bury your excrement 6” deep with a trowel or double bag it to carry out. I doubt that you want wild animals following you because of the scent of the waste material. Surely you wouldn’t want to step in someone else’s poop. You should always pack out any used toilet paper.

Hiking Trail Right Of Way

Hikers on a descending steep hill should yield to hikers going uphill.  A group of hikers should not take up the entire width of the trail. Walking single file allows others who walk faster to pass by.  Isn’t is annoying in the grocery store when a family of four walks the aisle side by side and you cannot get past them ? The same principle applies here. When taking breaks, move away from the trail to allow others an unobstructed passage.

Outdoor Voice Doesn’t Apply In The Wild

Hiking bag trekkers should be respectfully quiet. Hikers are in the outdoors to enjoy nature sounds, so a low voice is preferred by those around you.  Turn down cell phones and don’t blare music. If you want recorded music, use headphones.  I don’t understand that…who doesn’t prefer listening to nature’s orchestra? Do your part in protecting the tranquility of the wild. Bring your cell phone in your hiking pack, but keep it turned off (to conserve battery power) and buried deep in your backpack.

Backpacking Preservation Of The Trail

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The hiking bag trail should not be widened by going around puddles or mud rather than through them. This is damaging for trail sustainability.  Just because it looks easy to cut the corner off of a switchback doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Help preserve the trail by staying on the trail. New cairn building is discouraged on trail sites and can interfere with wildlife habitat.   If there isn’t a natural one, don’t build one for a photo op.

Trail Rules Are About Downright Courtesy

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Hiking On Horseback

Hiking backpack trekkers on the ascent uphill may want to pass a fellow uphill hiker. They should make sure their approach is obvious or call out so they don’t scare the crap out of the other hiker.  No one wants to be startled by something unnecessarily on the trail. Passing lanes on the trail are similar to roadways; stay to the right and pass on the left. 

If you are on a shared trail, mountain bikers should always yield to hikers.  Hikers should safely move out of the way whenever they encounter a rider on horseback since horses can be spooked or easily lose their footing on a trail with a loose and granular surface.

Chatting With Other Hikers Could Save Your Life

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Hikers Chatting On The Trail

If you are an introvert who likes to keep to yourself, you may balk at the idea of chatting with other hikers. But when you’re on a long day hike, an overnight mission or hiking solo, having a brief conversation could be the difference between life and death. Someone knowing where you are in case of an emergency by helping direct rescuers to you could be crucial. Ask them about the trail conditions ahead and if there’s anything you need to be aware of.  You should extend the same courtesy to other rucksack hikers if something makes you question the trail’s safety.

Backpack Bag Hikers – Hike Responsibly

A hiking bag outdoor enthusiast understands the importance of etiquette towards people plus wildlife and the environment around you. If you are new to hiking, you will learn to adapt and develop this frame of mind.   Taking better care of our wild trails and hiking areas and being accountable for our actions makes for a more pleasant experience for us all.  Happy hiking!

Hydration Backpack | What’s The Best Way To Carry Water While Hiking?

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Hiker Drinking Water During A Hike


What Exactly Is A Hydration Backpack?  

A hydration backpack is a pack used for hiking which may have its own drinking system or it can literally be any backpack which can carry a form of  water or fluids.  All hikers should be aware of how vital it is to stay hydrated during the course of a hike, because dehydration can happen quickly. Even if you hike is just for the day. You may wonder; which is the preferred way to carry water while you’re on the trail? Let me explain the various ways and then you decide what works best for you.

Hydration Bladder Backpacks

Some backpacks have a hydration water system built into the hiking bag. These packs have a water bladder with tubing which allows you to drink over your shoulder as you continue to hike. Typically, most bladders have a large carrying capacity of 2-4 liters and don’t take up lots of space when empty. Backpacks with bladder systems carry the water close to your back, because it helps balance the weight. It also allows water readily accessible for sipping frequently as you keep moving. This is the ideal way of insuring that you drink enough because it’s so handy.

Hydration Backpack – A 2 Liter Bladder

Drawbacks Of Using A Drinking System

Hydration backpack bladders can be difficult to judge how much water you have left without removing the bladder because they have no gauge. So, the hiker is left wondering how much they have drank and how much is still available. You really don’t want proper hydration left to guesswork.

Refills Can Be Tricky

After consuming the amount of water in your bag, you must remove the bladder in order to refill it when you find a water source. Filling it back up can be a challenge because it may be time consuming trying to fill the bladder enough from a slow moving creek.  I like to use the scoop and funnel method to refill the bladder pack because it’s quicker and those tools are lightweight to carry in your hiking bag.

A Hydration Backpack – Carrying Your Water In Bottles

The capacity of a typical 1 liter Nalgene water bottle is 33.8 oz. and weighs 2.2 pounds when filled. This means with only 2 bottles, you’ll be carrying over 4 pounds.  The goal is to consume 6 to 12 ounces of water or sports drink every 15 to 20 minutes so that you stay steadily hydrated. That means with two bottles, you would be good for about 2 hours before you needed to replenish your water supply.

Nalgene Bottle

Convenience is Key

Your empty Nalgene bottles are rigid and will take up room in your hiking bag. Carrying water in bottles, since heavy items are carried close to your back inside a backpack, your water would be hard to access. You may not drink as much as you should if it’s inconvenient to get to. Most hiking bags have mesh side pockets specifically for water bottles, which makes it easy to grab one without taking the pack off. I like this feature, but it may not be ideal because the weight could throw your balance off.

Hydration Backpack – All Water Bottles Are Not The Same

Classic sports bottles, as previously mentioned, are hard plastic but they are nearly indestructible. They will last for years and can also hold hot liquids. Another version is a soft flexible-type bottle similar in texture to a hydration bladder. These are reusable, they pack down small when they’re empty, and stand up like a normal bottle when full.  However, a couple of drawbacks are that they are less durable, and it’s not recommended to carry hot liquids in them.

Why Not Re-Use Disposable Drink Bottles?

As an avid hiker, I’ve been known to reuse my Gatorade bottles, but I have since learned that reusing plastic bottles is not safe or sanitary due to the plastics used to make them.  The components break down with heat and soap, resulting in harmful chemicals leeching into the liquids you refill them with. That’s just not cool. Water pouches that are collapsible are safer, but should be cleaned between uses.

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Staying Hydrated Safely

Your hydration backpack can carry all the water you need for a day hike or a weekend of camping and beyond.  The best way to determine how you should carry water is by the length of time you are hiking. For lengthier trips, make sure your map indicates water sources on the trail or in the wilderness. Take the time of year into consideration because there may be times a creek is dried up due to lack of rain.

Hikers Should Keep It Clean

While trekking you may collect water from a lake, stream or pond. Always use a filtration device, drops or tablets in the water before you drink to insure what you capture does not make you sick. Whenever available, choose moving water because stagnant water is a likely breeding ground for more bacteria and parasites. You want to enjoy your hike not be ill.

Hydrate For Health And Happiness

Spare yourself headaches, nausea and muscle weakness during hiking by staying hydrated through every hike. Water is vital for life so make sure you take along a liter for every hour you are hiking unless you know for certain that you will have access to water along your path. Happy hydrated hiking!
  

Drawbacks Of Using A Drinking System



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Hiking Bag | Quick And Easy Meal Ideas On The Trail

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Your hiking bag must contain food and snacks for your entire trip because your body needs nourishment for the calories you will burn. Meal planning can be overwhelming when you are home, but it doesn’t have to be for your backpacking trek. Let’s focus on what foods you can make while hiking; no chef degree needed.

Packing Hiking Foods Correctly

Your hiking backpack should have easy to reach snacks on the exterior so you can grab them and keep hiking. That way you are energized on the go without stopping. Even packaged foods have odors so keep them securely inside your pack using a metal bear canister, which I recommend because wild animals have an incredible sense of smell. You don’t want them tracking your food scent and finding you. Your meal foods will be reserved for after you make camp or take a break.

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An example of Foods Packed And Ready

Hiking Bag Simple Rules That Make Sense

There are three backpacking food requirements to consider when you pack. Consider these for a more comfortable hike because every ounce counts when you have to carry it.

Keep It Lightweight

  • Dehydrated foods are lightweight and contain little to no water. They are easy to transport without weighing you down. The less packaging the better, because it all contributes to extra weight.
  • Remove dry foods from store packaging and place in zip lock bags, such as cereals, granola, oatmeal and beans, again because weight adds up.

Minimal Preparation

  • For dinners at camp, most backpackers prefer to cook easy and uncomplicated single-pot meals. You’ll be tired and hungry, so quick and easy is the key.
  • Dehydrated noodles, potatoes and vegetables can easily be hydrated with boiled camp water. Add a few spices and packaged protein and ta-da, you have a hearty meal.
  • There are many ready-made freeze-dried meals available that actually taste good and are simple to prepare.

Hiking Bags Should Carry High Nutrition

  • Hikers have been known to burn up to 6,000 calories a day. High calorie foods, carbohydrates, protein, fats, fiber and electrolytes (mainly sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) are a must because your body will be exerting itself and you’ll need to have nutrients replenished.
  • Proper balance of fats and protein may be tricky to some, so let’s explore examples of meals for some carefree ideas.


Trail Breakfast Ideas

Oatmeal In It’s Own Bowl
  • Oatmeal Packets are a backpackers food staple. The best thing about these packets is that they serve as a bowl. Just add hot water to heat the oats inside.
  • Grits are prepared like oatmeal so all that is needed is hot water. Grits can be a nice addition for a change of pace. Pack a couple of maple syrup packets or jelly to put on top so your food has flavor.
  • Dried Fruits can be added to grits or oatmeal to provide dense sugar and flavor, and be a healthier alternative to candy.
  • Powdered eggs are extremely popular on the trail because they are easy, lightweight and a cheap protein. You can add taste like ketchup packets or hard cheese.
  • Powdered Instant Breakfast can be mixed with water and some dried fruit so you can make a quick shake.
  • Powdered Milk is a great source of protein, potassium, fat and calories. You could mix it with some granola and dried fruit for breakfast and make your oatmeal a little creamier. 


Trail Lunch Ideas

Packet Full Of Protein
  • Dried meats like beef jerky and salami deliver great flavor. Even tuna and chicken are great non-cook meats for the trail. None of them need refrigeration. All of them are tasty and high in protein and sodium.
  • What are the most popular meats for hikers? Tuna and salmon are probably the most chosen by hikers because they have lightweight packaging, are inexpensive and easy to find in stores. Choose meats packed in olive oil for healthy fat and additional calories.
  • A bagel by itself is boring, but with a packet of cream cheese paired with your favorite non-perishable meat, you now have a hearty option.
  • Tortilla wrap and cheese with or without meats can provide a lot of calories and fat. Use hard cheeses or hummus that are shelf stable and require no refrigeration. Peanut butter and jelly work well also.
  • Who doesn’t love crackers? Add peanut butter or almond butter to make them tasty and nourishing. Crackers are high in carbohydrates and sodium, making them a wise choice. Fats from the nuts like Nutrella or other nut butter are great to pack in your hiking pack also.

Trail Dinner Ideas

Dehydrated Noodles At Camp
  • Every hiker can cook noodles like Ramen, with dehydrated veggies. They are so easy to prepare with just boiling water. In 5 minutes dinner is ready. You can add so many things to noodles for variety, such as herbs/spices or packaged meat, so give it a try.
  • You can do virtually the same with instant potatoes, rice or couscous by adding vegetables, meats and flavorings of your choice. carry some condiments and spices like olive oil, honey or balsamic vinegar using old digital film canisters or small pill bottles after washing them out. Be sure to protect from leakage just by adding an extra zip lock bag around these items.
  • There is always the option of pre-packaged meals at your fingertips in minutes. They are lightweight in your hiking bag and quick to prepare. Grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and online stores carry these, and many taste great. After a long day of hiking you will just want to keep it simple.

Trail Snacks During The Day and Bedtime

Great choices like chocolate, nuts, seeds, energy chews and fruit leather are all used in backpacking. If you want get in some dense calories, protein and healthy fats while you hike, try adding things like granola bars, trail mix or crunchy chick peas to your hiking snack list.

A candy bar (especially dark chocolate) will give you energy and taste good. It can be a snack at between-meal breaks, or dessert just before you turn in for the night. For example, a Hershey bar with almonds or Reese Peanut Butter Cups will satisfy.

Pork rinds are ultra crisp and crunchy. Their “puffy” volume can take up more space. But, the benefit is that they are loaded with protein.

There are so many protein bars, energy bars, and nutrition bars available. These ready-to-eat gems are usually high in nutrition. Look for minimally processed natural choice brands like Cliff Bars.

Dark Chocolate, Nuts And Seeds – Yum!

Hiking Bag Food Choices

There are literally thousands of ideas from experienced backpack hikers because they know what works. Ask people like forest rangers, other hikers and backpackers that you meet on the trail. Most folks are happy to share trail food recipes. It can be fun to mix something from bare minimum foods and have it taste awesome. Whatever trail foods you bring, keep the lightweight, easy-to-prepare and nutritious key factors in mind.

Share Hiking Bag Food Ideas

Feel free to comment below any ideas like foods you bring, nutritional advice or experiences you’ve had on the trail. We feel that hikers are a community of their own with new and experienced trekking bag trail blazers seeking information every day.  Thank you for helping fellow hikers.  Happy backpack hiking!

Backpack Bag | Do I Really Need One?

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Backpack Bag | Carry Your Necessities

A backpack bag is a highly convenient way to carry everything you take with you on a hike. It centralizes all of your necessities in one place when you trek from the trail head to your destination. You need this organization because there is nothing worse than frantically looking for something you need in a hurry. Carrying a plastic bag with a water bottle and a sandwich won’t cut because you need to carry more than just immediate items. Some items aren’t used every time you hike but they are things you should bring anyway. Why not hike with confidence that you are ready for anything, simply because it’s more fun that way.

Your Backpack Bag Should Always Contain First Aid Items

I never plan on a blister or getting cut from a tree branch, but it happens. Hikers underestimate the power of the sun on the trail because they may not be hot. Not all trails have adequate shade, so you need to be protected by carrying sunscreen. There are bugs within nature; some places have more than others. If you carry repellent you can insure less insect bites and have a more comfortable experience. What if you forget to bring bandaids? Having several layers of duck tape wrapped around a pencil will do the trick because it is so versatile for many uses. Duck tape solves many different situations in hiking and should always be carried.

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A Backpack Bag Can Get Pretty Heavy!

My backpack bag doesn’t really have to carry everything but the kitchen sink just for a day of hiking, does it? The answer is no. Day hikes require basic staple items packed in a day hiking bag. Most importantly you will need, food, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, a few first aid supplies and a jacket or sweatshirt. Loaded with your necessities for one day, your day pack should not weigh more than 10% of your body weight because you need balance and comfort.  If you are 180 lbs, 18 lbs would be maximum weight to carry.  That is more than what you would place in a shopping bag, but not so much that you were burdened with a 40 lbs load.


Backpack Bags – Other Necessities For A Day Hike

Bring a spare pair of socks and either a warmer or cooler pair of pants/shorts than you will be wearing for being comfortable in climate changes throughout the day. It’s a wise idea to pack these items in a sealed waterproof bag to stay dry in case of rain.  Bring a map, compass and phone because sometimes we all take a wrong turn and get confused on the trail. Don’t bring just your phone because cell service could be spotty in hiking areas.

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Don’t Forget To Pack These Items

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Sunglasses, a bandanna, a multi-purpose tool, matches and snacks top the list of extra essentials for hiking. If you will be in a remote area with no public bathrooms, you should carry a roll of toilet paper, a trowel for digging and burying waste, and a ziploc bag for disposal of used T-paper. Never just leave it on the ground. It could attract wild animals that aren’t friendly.


Backpack Bags | Keeping It Simple And Lightweight

Packing your backpack bag should be tailored to the time you will be hiking, weather there, and terrain. The distance you will be from help, such as a ranger station or civilization should also be a factor.  You may wonder, should I bring this or that, but keeping your packed items to a category of “necessary” things may differ from hiker to hiker. Just remember you will be carrying the weight, so keeping it to basics will make for a better hiking trip.


Longer Hiking Trips Mean More Carry Items

Obviously for a weekend or several day trek, your list of items to carry will be considerably more comprehensive due to conditions and exposure to wilderness. Camping overnight will require tent, sleeping bag and extra clothing, so naturally your hiking pack will need to be larger and the overall weight will be considerably more. For camping or overnight hikes, your load should not be more than 20% of your body weight. A sore back would not make for a pleasant nature outing.

Longer Hiking Trips Mean More Carry Items

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Backpack Bags – We’re Here To Help

We realize that hikers that are new to the experience may be confusion about packing.  What is necessary to pack and how much extra can or should I bring? These are common concerns. We are here to answer any and all questions you may have about hiking or our backpack products. Please feel free to reach out to us here at Nature Trail Backpacks.


Backpack Bags –   What About…. Keeping It Simple

Hiking Bag – 10 Facts About Adventures With Wolves

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Hiking bag trips may include exposure to wolves. You may fear these carnivores because they are often depicted as an animal that is scary and will attack you. You most likely view them as a human predator. They are not. Do you, or a loved one reject hiking bag trips from a fear of wolves?   Wolves don’t normally pose a threat to humans from a distance.  Outdoor enthusiasts should just be alert. I will give you some helpful information to eliminate fear of wolves while hiking and camping.


Hiking Bag Backpackers – Keep Your Distance

You are a guest in the wildlife environment. It is quite safe if the space between you and the wolf is at least 50 feet. Both hiker and wolf are actually safer because wolves are skittish of humans and humans fear them. You should never approach a wolf simply because it’s a wild animal. If you lure them with food you carry in your hiking pack, wolves get used to humans and their scents, which may result in human habituation. Kids need to be nearby and in sight throughout a hike. You must keep pets leashed and under control because wolves will consider them prey. If possible, for their own safety, keep pets at home.


What Do Wolves Eat?

I’ll bet you didn’t know that wolves have about 200 million scent cells allowing them to smell other animals more than one mile away. We humans have only about 5 million. Under certain conditions, wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles on the open tundra. I’ve read that a hungry wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal. A human would have to eat one hundred hamburgers in comparison.

Respect That You Are In Their House


Humans Must Respect The Wolves Domain

Hiking bag treks can expose you to wildlife you’ve never encountered before. You can rest assured knowing that wolves are considered Ungulates. This means that they primarily feast on large-hoofed mammals including horses, cattle, pigs, and deer. Caution is always advised when you are in their “house.” 

It’s never a good idea to camp in the wilderness near a carcass, because wolves will scavenge these dead animals and protect that food source.  In coastal areas you may commonly see wolves feeding on carcasses such as seals and sea lions that have washed ashore. Because of this, it is wise to thoroughly check out the area first before setting up your camp area.


Hikers, Keep It Clean

You will want to always keep a clean and orderly camp as a means of protection. You had a great day of fishing but never clean fish at your campsite. Remove carcasses immediately far from your area. Do not bury bones or garbage. If you pack it in, pack it out. You should cook and store food away from sleeping areas. You must secure your food and kitchen items even when the camp is unoccupied during the day because wolves will scavenge day and night. Campers have reported that wolves have removed personal and other non-food items from campsites. Hikers, be sure you bury all human excrement at least 6″ deep since wolves have been known to feed on excrement buried in cat holes.

Captured His Prey


What If A Wolf Approaches Me?

Take immediate action whenever you encounter a wolf that acts either unafraid or aggressive. If you notice the animal before it reaches 100 meters close to you, you can easily and slowly retreat. You can raise your arms and wave them in the air to make yourself appear larger. You should make lots of noise, throw sticks, rocks or sand at the wolf to scare him/them away. If fellow hikers are along, act in unison to send a noisy but clear message to the wolves that they are not welcome.


Wolfs Can Run Fast

Did you know that a wolf can run about 20 miles (32 km) per hour, and up to 40 miles (56 km) per hour when necessary? They can only do this only for a minute or two. They can “dog trot” around 5 miles (8km) per hour and can travel all day at this speed.  A wolf pack may contain just two or three animals, or it may be 10 times as large.


Beware Of Aggression

If you encounter a wolf that seems aggressive, back away slowly without turning your back away from the wolf. You should never run away with your back turned. The same rule applies to bears encounters; don’t run. You can use bear spray or pepper spray if you have it and you have the skills to use it safely. Be aware of the range and operating conditions of the product you are using.


Hiking Bag Excursions – 10 Wolf Facts

You have learned the preventative side of dealing with wolves. Your fear should be lessened because you now have knowledge and understanding of the species. You are always cautious, aware and alert, so you will be fine.


Interesting Facts About Wolves

  • Wolves are the largest members of the Canidae family, which includes domestic dogs, coyotes, dingoes, African hunting dogs, many types of foxes, and several kinds of jackals.
  • This animal runs on their toes, which helps them to stop and turn quickly and to prevent their paw pads from wearing down.
  • At one time wolves were the most widely distributed land predator the world had ever seen. The only places they didn’t thrive were in the true desert and rain forests.
  • A wolf pup’s eyes are blue at birth. Their eyes turn yellow by the time they are eight months old.
  • Their jaw has a crushing pressure of nearly 1,500 pounds per square inch (compared with around 750 for a large dog). The jaws themselves are massive, bearing 42 teeth specialized for stabbing, shearing, and crunching bones. That jaws also open farther than that of a dog.
  • They can swim distances of up to 8 miles aided by small webs between their toes.
  • You’ve heard what a wolf’s howl sounds like. They howl to contact separated members of their group to rally them before hunting, or to warn rival wolf packs to keep away.
  • A lone wolf will howl to attract mates or just because they are alone. Each wolf howls for only about five seconds, but howls can seem much longer when the entire pack joins in. Biologists have found that wolves will respond to humans imitating their howls.
  • They were the first animals to be placed on the U.S. Endangered Species Act list in 1973.
  • The last wolf in Yellowstone Park was killed in 1926. In 1995, wolves were reintroduced and, after just ten years, approximately 136 wolves now roam the Park in about 13 wolf packs.
Wolf Howling


Hiking Bag Trips – Conquer Your Fears

If you have knowledge, you have power.  When you familiarize yourself with animals in the wilderness where you hike, you will know what to expect. When you are armed with pertinent information and feel confident, dealing with wild animals is not so scary. Wolves are beautiful creatures, but you need to keep your distance and use care not to invite them into your space on the trail or campground.  Happy Hiking!

Rucksack | Hiking Has A Wild Side Worth Exploring

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Outdoor Hiking Trips – Set The Scene

A backpack hiking date is a unique way for you to make romance bloom.  When you think of a super romantic date with your significant other, your mind usually leans toward dinner, mood music and wine, right?  Here’s a way you can enjoy quality alone time with someone special, and incorporate all of those elements in a different venue.  You can  boost up the excitement in the  great outdoors with these tips.  If you pack a few elements of surprise because they are a sure cure for the usual  boring and typical scenario.

Rucksack Backpacking Trips – Spice It Up

Rucksack hiking treks give you a chance to set the perfect stage for an amorous camping backpack trip.  Anyone can pack a bottle of wine and bring their cell phone with their music playlist.  But if you switch that playlist up a bit and add some mood music, now your’re talking.  Choose music  that is different.  You can pick some memorable songs from the past or current ones to make new memories.  Years from now you will automatically remember this hiking trip with him (her).  The point is to go beyond what you would normally do as a couple and enjoy Mother nature in a romantic setting.  There is something magical about a campfire under the stars and especially during a full moon.


Romantic Backpack Ideas

Your rucksack bag could contain some indulgent chocolates or favorite snack.  If you see wildflowers on your journey, don’t just admire them, pick some.  Present these to your lady because women always love flowers.   Find a secluded camping site for the night and enjoy the sunset and the stars with wild abandon. You are in charge of making this trip sexy and unforgettable.

Hiking Couples Show Love

Simple things in nature can ultimately be labeled a romantic setting because they are.  Take a stick and carve your initials in a heart on the ground where you are sitting.   Snap a photo with your cell phone because this lasting reminder of  yourselves as a couple is powerful.  Pack a rose in your hiking backpack and peel off its petals on the floor of your tent.

Rucksack Backpack Hiking – Where Should We Go?

You can  hike almost anywhere.  Now that you have romance suggestions and ideas for the best place to go.  Here are 5 highly suggested locations.

5 Great U.S. Locations

Arcadia National Park in Maine

First, try the Cadillac North Ridge Trail in Arcadia National Park in Maine. The four mile North Ridge Trail overlooks the ocean and will take you up the rocky coastline with beautiful pink granite and chaparral vegetation. It is one of the most scenic hiking trails with ocean views.

Kauai, Hawaii

Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii provides a more experienced and adventurous couple an 11 mile hike with various coastal cliffs and valleys. The isolated beaches and lush tropical forests are a gorgeous backdrop for romance. The beauty of this location is that fewer people who hike have the endurance to navigate it. This creates the chance of more isolation and serenity with your lover. This is not the best option for a couple who has just started dating.

Heart Lake

Explore Heart Lake Loop in Anacortes, Washington, for a perfect daypack trip with your sweetheart.  An obvious reason for this choice is the actual heart-shaped lake.  This hike is a three mile loop around the mountains and Pacific Northwest Forest. You can picnic by the lake and explore the forest and all Mother Nature has to offer. You’ll create a beautiful memory of your time together in this beautiful and symbolic location.

Havasu Canyon

This adventure seekers backpacking backpack trail, in Havasu Canyon, Arizona is not one for beginners.  It is a spectacular destination, but hikers must trek eight miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  From there, it’s another 2 miles to the gorgeous Havasu Falls waterfalls. This would make a great challenge for more experienced hikers. The scenery and bright-blue crystal clear water makes it so worth the time and it’s perfect for a swim there.

John Muir Trail

Check out the John Muir Trail in California  which provides a location named after the writer, John Muir. He truly understood the romance and beauty that nature has to offer. This trek takes you through 215 miles of California. It winds through Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and includes Kings Canyon National Park.

Don’t feel as if you need to conquer all those miles for the sake of romance, because the romance is in the extras that you do.  The High Sierra Mountain Range offers back country camping with shorter treks.

Rucksack Hiking Closer To Home 

Trails for hiking excursions that require traveling long distances may not always be possible because of time off needed and expenses.  You can do a search online for local hiking backpack trails and you will find places closer to where you live. You may want to save the further distances for a special vacation spot or an anniversary trip and still discover places to go locally.

Create Outdoor Romance

Wherever  you go and whenever you choose to camp on the trail,  your backpack hike will be more memorable because of romance.  Don’t be afraid to head out to explore your wild side in the wilderness.  If you need a hiking bag, head on over to Nature Trail Backpacks and we’ll help you find the perfect one for you.  Happy backpack hiking!

Hiking Backpack – Packing Your Essentials Simplified

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Pack Your Hiking Bag Like A Pro

Hiking backpack organization of all your necessities can have you wondering, where do I put it all? Simple planning and forethought can get you packed and ready for the trail quickly.  Tossing your stuff into a backpack randomly will have you cursing. You will end up frantically searching when you need something in a hurry. This can make the difference between hiking agony or a pleasurable trip.   Do you really want that frustration?  Let’s start packing with a purpose by using our ABC’s and focus on; Accessibility –  Balance – Condense/Compress.

Example Of A Solid Packed Hiking Backpack

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Hiking Backpack Pockets And Compartments

Hiking bags are designed to help sort and organize your cargo.  Some items you will want quick access to without stopping your hike. Staples such as water, a compass, sunscreen, etc. you’ll want to grab on the go.   Other items you won’t be using until you make camp at the end of the day.

Start With A Hiking & Camping Check List

You should always start packing your hiking bag by writing a checklist sheet of items you are taking because you’ll want to avoid forgetting anything important.  Once you have done that, you can begin by packing from the bottom up and check off each item as you pack it. 

Practice Makes Perfect

After a few trips out, you will automatically remember your frequently used items and where to pack them. You may want to make changes next trip out if you pack something too heavy, so make mental notes of those items that seemed to throw your balance off or that you never used.

What Do I Pack In My Hiking Pack First?

It’s always a good idea to line the inside of your backpack bag with a contractor bag before you begin packing. This first step will allow everything to stay dry for less than a dollar. If you are traveling in a chronically wet area, consider investing in a pack cover, which will add another layer of moisture protection.

It’s All About Backpack Weight Balance

Hiking backpack organization is important to help balance the weight of the load on your back and hips. The bottom of your pack should contain the gear you will use when you finish your hike for the day. Use items such as a sleeping bag and/or pad, clothing you plan to sleep in, casual shoes to relax in as cushions.  Soft and squishy items like these create internal shock absorption within your hiking bag because they are soft.

Always Fill Your Bladder Bag First

If you are using a water reservoir/bladder, fill it first, and then pack around it with soft items to eliminate shifting. If you attempt to place the bladder bag into your full backpack it will be difficult.  Can you guess how I know this? I found out the hard way.

Pack Heavy Items In Your Hiking Backpack’s Core

Hiking backpack gear such as trail dinner food (not snacks), cook stove, water bladders or bottles and a bear canister should be packed in the core or middle section of your hiking pack.  Place food items or other things that have scent to them inside the bear canister because they give off odors to animals. You may think all heavy items should go at the bottom, like when you pack a grocery bag, but this is not so.  

Pack Your Hiking Backpack Wisely

Placing heavier objects in the center helps to create a stable center of gravity directing the weight downward instead of backward to prevent the bag from sagging. If you place these heavier items high in the pack, it will make your backpack lean or tip, throwing your balance off.  If you are carrying liquid fuel for your stove, make sure the cap is secure and tight so that it doesn’t leak. Pack the bottle upright placing it below your food (in case of spillage) and then wrap soft items, to act as a buffer, around the tank. Examples are extra clothing, your tent body, extra dry bags or a rain fly.

Hiking Backpack Items Packed On Top

This is where you place your bulkier necessities.  You may want to place your tent at the very top of your pack. This way, if a storm moves in and you need to set it up immediately, it’s handy to access.  With sudden weather changes you will want easy gain to a heavier jacket or rainwear because staying dry is very important.
Keep them on top for quick retrieval.

Keep Important Hiking Pack Items Handy

Have your first aid kit readily available because you can get an injury any time. Your water purification filter or tablets should always be handy to refill your hydration bottle when you come across a water source. This is also where you will want to have your toilet trowel, paper and zip lock bag for used TP.  You never know when you will need these items, but they should be easy to grab without a hassle. 

Placing Hiking Backpack Accessories On The Exterior

Hiking backpacks often come with reversible side compression straps that you can utilize to attach exterior gear. These straps must have rear-facing ends with clips instead of being sewn onto the pack. There must be a male clip and a female clip on opposite sides that you can clasp together. This gives you the ability to attach bulky things like your tent, trekking poles or extra shoes because you may not have room inside the pack.

Packing A Hiking Bag Back To Side

With your gear loaded at the back end, that leaves the side pockets free for grabbing things you need on the go, such as a water bottle, sunscreen and a camera. This is great for utilizing the pockets and compression at the same time. If your hiking pack lacks the amount of loops or rings to hang gear from, you can easily attach additional hooks and pockets as needed to center the load.

Packed And Ready

Now You Really Know Your Backpacking ABC’s

Hiking Backpack treks are all different. You can adjust your packing to suit your needs while keeping the ABC’s in mind.  Utilize the basics of heavy to light areas of packing your essentials, and you can experiment with extra gear and placement until it’s comfortable for you.  Happy Hiking!

Outdoor Backpack – Hiking – Do I Really Need Trekking Poles?

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What Is A Trekking Pole?

Outdoor backpacks often carry trekking poles, which can also be known as hiking poles, walking sticks or hiking staffs. The term depends on whether you are using a pair or one single pole. A trekking pole is basically a ski pole with handles, and is always used in pairs.  A hiking staff is also known as a hiking stick and consists of a single pole. Most hikers go with two trekking poles over a hiking staff. Let’s discuss the pro’s and con’s of trekking poles.


Hiking Conditions That Require Trekking Poles

Most outdoor backpack hikers consider trekking poles to be part of every trek they go on. They can be your best friend or a pain in the butt. How do we assess whether we really need them? The answer lies in the conditions and terrain of the hike you are taking.  Do you need help determining whether you need trekking poles or not?  If so, I can help.

Balance Yourself For Safety While Hiking

Your outdoor backpack hike will have specific terrain of the territory you are hiking in. Unexpected conditions, like wind or a muddy trail, may arise so it’s best to be prepared with a set of trekking poles attached to your hiking backpack. Creek and stream levels are not always obvious, so measuring the water depth or determining how soft the muddy bottom is can be helpful with a hiking stick or trekking pole. While hiking, having a set of trek poles readily available to you can be invaluable if slippery rocks or wet leaves make walking difficult.

A More Stable Descend

When you are trekking with a heavier backpack, a pair of trekking poles can help your balance and keep you stable, especially on a steep incline. While hiking upslope, you can use the poles to dig in and pull yourself up. When you are descending, the poles will provide good anchor points to distribute your weight with balance against them as you hike downward.

A Trekking Pole Can Be A Weapon

Outdoor backpack trail hiking may warrant the use of trekking poles in bear and mountain lion country.  Hopefully, you’ll never have to fight off an animal, but having trekking poles ready in hand to ward off any interaction would allow you to be armed somewhat for defense.

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Backpacking Can Be Easier With A Walking Stick

Using A Hiking Staff

A hiking staff, which is sometimes called a walking staff or travel staff, consists of a single pole that’s most effective when used on relatively flat terrain and with little or no load on your hiking pack. If you’re taller than about 6 feet, you should choose a hiking staff or trekking poles that have a maximum length of at least 51 inches.  If you are shorter than 6 feet tall, most trekking poles are adjustable.

Get A Grip

Trekking poles have handle grips that come in a variety of materials and will affect how the poles feel in your hands.  Cork is a desirable material because it resists moisture from sweaty hands, decreases vibration and best conforms to the shape of your hands. If you sweat a lot and will be hiking in hot weather, go with cork grips. 

Rubber insulates hands from cold, shock and vibration, so it’s best for cold-weather activities. However, it’s more likely to chafe or blister sweaty hands, so it’s less suitable for warm-weather hiking.

Foam absorbs moisture from sweaty hands and is the softest to the touch.  Avoid hard plastic grips, they aren’t comfortable at all.


Trekking Poles  –  Handy Uses

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Outdoor Backpack Trips Can Benefit From Use Of Trekking Poles

If you hike in an area with poison ivy, poison oak, nettles, or any other plant you want to avoid, trekking poles provide an easy way to gently push them to the side and hike on.

Full Body Workout While Hiking

Use of trek poles can give you a full body workout as your arms move back and forth. This helps you expend a little more energy, which is great on shorter hikes. On longer hikes you will want to save energy. If you’re hiking 8-10 miles a day,  having another 1-5% of energy from not swinging your arms with poles can make a big difference in your fatigue level.   

Hand Swelling During Hikes?

If your hands tend to swell when hiking, the use of trekking poles will keep hands closer to the level of the heart, improving blood return to your heart.  Correct use of hiking poles is when your elbows angle at about 90 degrees when the pole tips touch the ground.

Shelter Uses For Trekking Poles

If you were to get caught in a sudden rain shower, the poles can be used as supports under a tarp for an ultralight shelter. Even if you’re just day hiking, having a tarp in your pack, with hiking poles to support it, is one way to be prepared for a survival emergency.

Trekking Poles Help With Knee Pain

Are you subject to knee pain while hiking?  When you hike with trekking poles, you naturally shift your weight and foot strike forward, which has proven to reduce strain. Instead of heel striking, focus on stepping on your fore and mid foot. This engages the natural shock absorbers of your hamstrings to buffer any shock in your step. Shifting your weight forward when hiking with trekking poles benefits strain to the knees.

When Not To Use Trekking Poles

When you descend on your backpack hike, instead of jabbing down with your hiking poles, try lowering your body and using your hands to balance and make a connection.  Most hikers want to connect with nature, and find that the poles may seem like a barrier between themselves and the earth. Another option would be to not use the poles for balance when descending. Go ahead and stretch out your arms. Touch the trees, rocks, and dirt for a more natural experience and to strengthen your core balance rather than depending on the poles.


Trekking Poles – Good Sound Advice

Don’t compromise on price when buying trek poles by choosing a cheaper style. Your poles should be lightweight, strong, and adjustable.   Carbon fiber and aluminum are both really light and work well.  If you’re going to use them hard with rough terrain, go with aluminum. Carbon offers a little more shock dampening, but can shatter if you smash them around.

You Will Love Them Or Hate Them

Carbide or steel tips are commonly used to provide traction for trek poles even on ice. Rubber tip protectors extend the life of those tips and protect your gear when poles are stowed in your backpack. They are also good for use in sensitive areas to reduce impact to the ground. You can purchase angled rubber walking tips separately for use on asphalt or other hard surfaces.

If you are new to using trekking poles and you find yourself out of rhythm now and then, lift your poles off the ground for a moment so you can reset. Start using the poles again as soon as you’re ready. After awhile you will feel completely natural using them and you won’t even have to think about your rhythm.

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Your Outdoor Backpack Holding A Pair Of Trekking Poles

I Vote Yes To Trekking Poles

Whenever outdoor backpack hiking, the best rule of thumb is to attach trekking poles to your hiking bag on the outside and have them for use if and when needed. They won’t add much weight to your cargo and circumstances may warrant their use, so being prepared is smart thinking. I’d rather not need them and have them with me, than need them when I didn’t bring them. Happy hiking!

Cool Backpack – For Easy Hikes In Yosemite National Park

A Favorite Spot For Millions Of Hikers

Backpack Hiking in Yosemite

A cool backpack is for perfect for trips to Yosemite National Park because comfort while hiking is key. Cool isn’t just a slang term for looks, it’s about being durable and comfortable. Yosemite is known as the Disneyland of National Parks, featuring 800 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to extreme. It’s magnificent to observe glacier-cut rock formations, unlimited panoramic vistas, and so many waterfalls one couldn’t possibly count them all. You may prefer a less strenuous hike. Trek these five easy hikes for a day in the outdoors and the chance to witness the beauty and complex structures of Yosemite, but are easily walked.

Cool Backpacks For Hiking – Check Out Mirror Lake

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Beautiful Mirror Lake

What’s A Cool Backpack?

Your cool backpack doesn’t have to be the extremist type for hikers who spend days in the deep wilderness. For a day trip to Mirror Lake, a daypack is the perfect choice because it’s small yet roomy. Mirror Lake is easy to reach via a few trails. The most traveled option is a one-mile paved walkway and bike path along Tenaya Creek to the north side of the lake.

Additionally, an unpaved trail follows the south side of the lake connecting to a larger loop and is an easy walk. A third route to Mirror Lake leaves from Ahwahnee Hotel and crosses below the Royal Arches and North Dome where you will arrive at the north side of the Lake.

Since you can utilize the park shuttle system, this trail can be combined with a popular paved trail to form a 2.8 mile one-direction stroll. Mirror Lake gets its name from its reflective beauty and isn’t actually a lake at all. It’s actually a shallow seasonal pool of water with gorgeous surroundings. It truly delivers on serenity and scenery. If you visit early in the summer, you will discover tons of wildflowers and wild edibles.

Cool Backpack – Hiking in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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Discover The Majestic Sequoia Trees

There is an easy .3 mile loop from the trailhead which will take you about 30-45 minutes to hike. It is wheelchair accessible so you can take loved ones who cannot walk it. For the more adventurous, there is the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail. This loop is a two mile hike from the trailhead and winds along the edge of the grove. It includes 300 feet of elevation gain and takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.  You’ll be hiking among gorgeous trees such as the Bachelor and Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant, and California Tunnel Tree.

There’s a cool backpack trail area is located in the southern portion of Yosemite, this Sequoia grove is the largest in Yosemite. It is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. In 1864 President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for “public use, resort, and recreation.” of this area. It then became protected for the benefit of future generations.

Cool Backpacks For Trekking To Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Falls

Cool backpack bags provide a means to carry your daily essentials of water and food on short hikes such as this one. These stunning falls are known for the way the water shifts with the wind, like a bridal veil in the breeze. This is a 15-30 minute hike that almost anyone can do. There is some incline and the path could be wet near the Falls. It is truly a sight to behold and well worth some dampness here and there.

Easy to Navigate

A large lot at the trail head often fills up, but if you drive a few hundred meters into the valley, you’ll find a trail to the falls running parallel to the road. You can almost always find a parking spot somewhere along there. This area also has the added bonus of having a view of El Capitan. You may prefer this longer trail hike since it crosses Bridalveil Creek and some very pretty meadows. 

Cool Backpacks – Hike To Turtleback Dome

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Turtleback Dome Is A Popular Tourist Site

Hikers will find this 1.2 mile hike is easy even if you are a beginner. From the top of Turtleback Dome you are treated to views of Half Dome and the Valley below. There you can enjoy several large granite boulders on the top of Turtleback Dome. This is a fairly easy hike on granite slab from the parking lot that’s directly to the north of Turtleback Dome where you descend via the service road.

Bushwacking Anyone?

Some of the trail is slightly bushwacky (the last 1/4 mile on the side of the road) to get back to the starting point. This part has a really nice view and is less crowded. It is fun to scramble up the low-angle granite. Key point to look for is the huge boulder at the top. The summit of Turtleback is a high point with no tree cover and so it gets all day sun. This is a good place if you are new to hiking or as a family outing.

Cool Backpacks – Take Lunch And Enjoy Artists Point

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Backpack hiking to the Artists Point trail begins in the parking lot at Tunnel View and is 2 mile round trip which is not overly strenuous. If you take a left at Old Stagecoach Road you can enjoy this hidden gem, which doesn’t get much notoriety
since there isn’t much of a view there. The best part of this route is less visitor traffic. Although you might have to climb over some tree branches, the view isn’t far away from there. Trails are clearly marked and helps with confusion.  You can see everything that you see at Tunnel View with the addition of Bridalveil Meadow. In fact, you’ll get a better view of the falls with very few crowds. This view is a lovely down-valley scene of Yosemite Valley.

Cool Backpacks Worn In Yosemite National Park

Cool backpacks are seen on hikers everywhere because backpacking can get hot. There are unlimited awesome trails and nature scenery in Yosemite National Park. Nature lovers should plan a visit there one day. Although, it would take several visits to see everything this park has to offer. Wouldn’t you love to observe historical and breathtaking creations of nature over the centuries? If you need a new backpack, why not hike over to www.naturetrailbackpacks.com and get prepared for an incredible trip.  Happy hiking!

Hiking Turtleback Dome

Outdoor Backpack – Hiking; Dealing With Bugs, Bears And Blisters; Oh No!

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Millions Of People Enjoy Backpack Hiking

Outdoor Backpack – Here’s Some Hiking Armor

Outdoor backpack hiking has its share of inconveniences and annoying consequences, but there are solutions to the problems. Are you armed with information of how to handle things that buzz, growl and hurt? Dealing with issues in nature are not nearly as defeating if you prepare in advance. If you could have incredible journeys in the outdoors with no fears of what’s out there, would that be a game changer for you or a loved one? The best way to meet a challenge or fear is to face it with knowledge, preparation and foresight, so let’s explore that.

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Pesky Mosquitoes Can Also Carry Disease

Nature Hiking – Bugs Don’t Have To Bug You

Backpack hiking trips will always have bugs. They live in nature and they multiply by the millions, so there is no way to eliminate them. Your best friend is a good waterproof bug spray that you won’t easily sweat off. If you are opposed to Deet, there are repellents that contain 30% lemon eucalyptus oil that is efficient in warding off flying insects.  If you have ultra sensitive skin, this may not be for you. You may need to reapply every few hours.

What About Deet?

Repellants containing DEET are the most effective, however, Deet can be harmful to synthetic materials, so it’s best to spot test your fabrics before spraying the entire item. Yes, it’s a harsh chemical,  but it does NOT need to go on your skin. Spray 95%-100%  DEET on the top and bottom of your hat brim, your backpack shoulder straps and the neck and shoulders of your shirt and socks. Long sleeved shirts and pants help your skin, a hat with an insect screen works great if bugs are heavy. 

Sage

Certain times of the year, bugs are worse depending on your hiking location. Look for a high and dry camping area away from a heavy tree line. Throw a sage stick into your campfire. Its scent is subtle but highly effective at clearing the mosquitoes away.  Avoid products with heavy scents like soap, deodorants or perfumes. Scent free is the way to go.  

Permethrin Is A Hiker’s Dream

If bugs are a really big issue, there are locations that aren’t as buggy as others. Check the internet for information in the area you will be hiking. Outdoor backpack hikers can also use another option of treating their clothing with Permethrin to keep bugs from biting through fabric. Carry Permethrin in your hiking bag for your change of clothing. This treatment also works after your hiking clothes go through several washings.

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Keep Your Distance

Bears, Lions And Tigers, Oh My!

It’s fairly safe to say we here in the United States we don’t have to worry about the lions and tigers, but bears are a different story. While hiking and camping, you must take precautions to avoid attracting bears to your campsite by practicing certain preventative measures . If you happen to encounter a bear, you can handle the situation by doing the following:

Act Like A Lunatic

As beautiful as it is to hike at dawn or at dusk, if you are in bear country, you should avoid it. It’s best to hike during daylight hours. Bears are naturally afraid of humans.  Hike in a group of four or more and stay close together. Be noisy, shout, sing, whatever you feel like doing as long as it’s noise. This will make bears want to avoid an encounter with you. It is advisable for hikers to carry bear spray.

Hikers – Don’t Threaten Bear’s Food Source

Avoid going near and dead or injured wildlife.  That is bear food. If you smell something dead or see birds circling overhead, avoid that area. If a bear feels you are a threat to their food source, the encounter could go in a bad direction.

Bears Can Really Smell!

Despite movie portrayals of bears always attacking for a human meal, they are more interested in your food than in you for their meal. A bear’s sense of smell is seven times better than a bloodhound and 2100 times better than humans. So, it only makes sense to not cook where you camp, and don’t sleep in the clothing you wore while preparing your food. Food odors can linger for a long time in fabric.

Bears Will Eat Campers Non-Food Stuff

Outdoor backpack trekkers should always bear-proof their campsite. If you are in a heavily populated bear area, you may want to eliminate cooking altogether and stick to prepared items. You will want to store your food in a bear canister in your hiking backpack or sometimes can be rented via forest ranger stations. It may seem odd to you, but things like toothpaste, Chapstick and sunscreen are targets for bear interest, so in the canister they should go.

Use A Bear Canister

Bear canisters are usually designed to be large enough that a bear cannot carry them easily in their jaws. The lid should be very secure with a locking-type mechanism. Place your bear canister approximately 20-100 feet from your campsite. Hikers differ in opinions on how far away you should keep it.

Follow your comfort level but before you travel to any wilderness area, it’s smart to contact their local ranger or land manager in advance to learn if any food storage regulations are in place.

Trail Trekkers – Wipe That Canister Down

Wipe the bear canister down with a disinfectant wipe to remove odor transfer from your hands. If your bear canister is clear, cover it with an opaque stuff sack or dry bag to prevent bears from seeing your food items. Select a brightly-colored stuff sack to make it easy to see your canister from a distance. It should be placed on level ground (so that it doesn’t roll down to water or wind carrying it far away making it difficult to find.)

Outdoor Backpack – Bear Encounters

If you encounter a bear while hiking, fight the urge to turn and run. When you run, you could trigger the bear’s predatory response to chase.  You are not going to out-run a bear. Instead, stand calmly and assess the situation. If you haven’t been seen by the bear, leave the area quietly.

Stay Calm And Don’t Panic

Don’t take the time to take a photo or make eye contact. Slowly back away in the opposite direction from the situation. Talk loudly to the bear (say whatever comes to mind) and wave your arms as you retreat. Slowly back away from the bear in the opposite direction away from the situation. Continue to talk and move your arms as you retreat.

Check Your Planned Hiking Area

Before you embark on a hiking trip in bear country, it is wise to check internet instructions on how to handle a bear if it charges at you. There are many tips available and several circumstances that you could encounter, but it’s best to be prepared with knowledge.

Outdoor Backpack Treks – Blisters Can Be Avoided

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Pain From Blisters Will Ruin Your Hiking Comfort

A blister is formed from damaged skin that is a result of rubbing and friction, by heat, cold or dampness. If your sock or shoe rubs up against the skin of your feet for an extended period, that becomes the culprit.  It will break the skin down. Having sweaty or wet feet exacerbates the situation.

Common Blister Culprits During A Hike

Most commonly with backpackers, your sock or boots rubbing against your skin for a prolonged period of hiking, can result in a blister or “hot spot” which is a reddened area that forms just before a full-fledged blister appears. This can be prevented by making sure your boots are well “broken in” before hiking in them.

If your footwear is either be too loose or too tight blisters are inevitable on a hike, therefore it is crucial that you  have good fitting socks and boots. Stay away from cotton socks and choose merino wool. Slipping and bunching in your socks is a no-no you can prevent.

Hiker’s Feet TLC Necessary For Prevention Of Blisters

 Outdoor backpack hikers should trim toenails and allow sweaty feet to dry and air out. You may want to apply foot powder. Dry your boots by the campfire each night before wearing them again. Remove your shoes when you are on a hiking break and air out your feet and boots for awhile. If you wade in a creek, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before resuming your hike. If your socks feel damp, put on a dry pair before heading back out.

Outdoor Backpack Beginners

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I just gave you some ideas on how to avoid things that may concern you, therefore you now have three less reasons to avoid hiking out of fear.  I hope you will get out there and enjoy nature in hiking and backpacking. There is so much to learn and observe that after awhile, your experiences and exposure to the wild will give you confidence.  Happy hiking!