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Planning a Thru-Hike? Here Are Some Tips to Get You Ready – Physically & Mentally

Your equipment is purchased, your route is planned, your research is done, and your goals are in sight.  Now, how do you prepare your mind and body for that first step, first day, and first weeks out on the trial?  If a thru-hike is in your future, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of the “Triple Crown of Hiking” which refers to the big three: Appalachian Trail – 2180 miles Pacific Crest Trail – 2650 miles Continental Divide Trail – 3100 miles As illustrated in the sheer number of miles above, thru-hiking is not for the faint of heart. The last thing you want to do is hit the trail while physically or mentally unprepared.  The quality of your days...

Simple Yet Delicious Outdoor Meals

By Lisa LeConte Multiple days spent camping or hiking means planning your meals.  I’m not talking beef jerky and granola bars.  With a little ingenuity and culinary excitement, your taste buds will praise you while you enjoy the best dinnertime setting of all: the great outdoors.  Prepare Your “Kitchen” There are three easy supplies to carry and still have gourmet meals: a foldable grate, a small, lightweight pan, and aluminum foil.  If your campsite does not have a fire pit for cooking, locate some large rocks and make your own contained fire pit.  Make sure the sides are built tall and use your preferred method of starting a fire inside the pit.  Place your grate on top and you’re ready...

10 Kitchen Essentials for Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is not complete without eating; and camping meal do not have to be boring.  Unless you are venturing out on a serious thru-hiking trip, bringing quality cooking tools is essential.  Thru-hikers have very limited space and weight in their packs for cooking purposes, but weekend and pleasure campers can pack a bit more, and it will be well worth it.  It will mean the difference between “home cooked” meals and beef jerky and candy bars for dinner.   Here are 10 items you will want to consider taking on your camping trip.  Whether you are gone for a weekend or two weeks, these items will make or break your eating experience.  In this writer’s opinion, quality is important.  While you...