Lost And Confused: The Dangers of Solo Hiking

It’s not a good idea to hike too early in the season, before the trails are cleared, but it’s hard to wait when the sky turns blue and the birds begin to sing. And what about hiking alone? You probably shouldn’t. I still hike alone — more now than ever — but my admiration of the wild is now tempered with respect.

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No-Trace Hiking And Camping

Hiking and camping etiquette has changed over the past several decades. Today, as 21st-century stewards of the wilderness, we don’t molest nature for the sake of curiosity or comfort. Here are some “do’s and don’ts” to take to the trail.

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Bugs, Bears, And Snakes, Oh My!

Sometimes I catch myself waxing enthusiastic about the joys of hiking and camping. But we humans aren’t the only creatures that like to hang out in the wilderness. Here are some hints on how to handle some creatures you may meet on the trail.

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Hiking Basics: Safety And Common Sense

Hiking should be approached with caution, respect, and common sense. Even short day hikes are wilderness experiences. Here are some tips to make sure your next hike goes off without a hitch, and you have a memorable outing.

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The Fine Art Of Family Dayhiking

You’ve seen them in magazines. The perfect dayhiking family: Woman effortlessly strides up an 89 degree slope in a color coordinated outfit with matching spring-loaded walking stick, gleaming, not sweating; two and a half children, noses clean, hair combed, staying on the trail, gathered around Dad as he points out the intricate petal structure of an endangered microscopic flower. Ever see them on the trail? I thought not.

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Make Hiking With Kids Fun

Hiking with kids doesn’t have to be a moan- and groan-filled schlep to the top of a mountain with awe-inspiring views. Forget about comparing your elevation gain to that of Mount Everest. Instead, make it fun and throw in a little bit of education along the way.

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