The dust is settling on the summer of 2019 adventures, and it's time to review my gear. Some of it, thank goodness, is still great and will serve me well for another season or two. Some are at its last breath, and some needs replacing or upgrading. It's also time when I build my dream list of gear for the 2020 seasons of hiking and camping. A few pieces are must-buys, while some are in the category of "would be awesome to have." So, let me share with you what's on my list.Read More
Finding well-fitting boots is crucial for the success of one's hike. No one wants to cut short an adventure because of blisters and discomfort.
In January I bought KEEN Targhee III boots for my Portugal hiking trip in February. I'd read multiple positive reviews and was happy with the budget-friendly price tag. Over the past fifteen years or so, I've had at least a dozen different KEEN shoes and sandals. I like the toe protection and wide toe boxes, and I think they look cute. At the moment I have three different pairs of shoes from KEEN - two pairs of sandals and one hiking shoe. There is rarely anything negative I have to say about KEEN products, so this might the first.Read More
Is hiking in one of the countries of southern Europe on your mind? Early Spring is a fantastic time to do it! Escape the colds and snow of northern Europe and hit the Portuguese, Spanish or Cretan trails in February or March! The weather can be tricky though - with this packing list you will be prepared and safe :)
Whenever it gets uncomfortably cold around, I try to make my escape into the warmer regions of Europe. Over the past years, I’ve solo hiked (and camped) in southern Spain (Catalonia), on the Greek island of Crete, and in southern Portugal (Algarve). Instead of complaining about dreadful freezing air or melting snowpocalypse, I could enjoy an early spring not that far away from home.Read More
Are you tired of wasting hours upon hours browsing through Outdoors stores? Not sure what gear is worth your money?
When you are just starting your Outdoors escapades, the process of outfitting your trips can be confusing and time-consuming. The choices of gear and active attire are overwhelming. However, don't worry - I'm here to help!
Based on my own experience and knowledge collected over the years, as well as reviews from experts in the field, I've created a grouping of all the hiking and camping gear and clothing you need to be safe and comfortable in the wild.Read More
Spring is probably the best season for hiking. Gone are the shivering cold temperatures, in are crispy cold mornings, pleasantly warm days, and beautiful fresh flowers. The trails are generally pretty empty, and accommodations aren't in high season yet.
Some destinations are suitable for hiking only in Spring or Fall - like Spain, Portugal or Balkans in Europe. In these areas, Summer tends to be so hot, that hiking might be not only unpleasant but even dangerous.
I encourage you to go on Spring hikes – either shorter day-long ones or multiple-days treks. If you have the right gear, you can even enjoy Spring camping. I want you to have pleasant and safe hiking, so let me remind you about a few essential things.Read More
Although I am pretty satisfied with the gear I have, there is always the room for improvement. Or for getting a new shiny toy, right?
Here is a list of stuff I would love to add to my hiking gear – for more comfort, safety or fun.Read More
Two years ago, when I got my Salomons, I thought I found the perfect boots. And I still love them! So why did I decide to get a different pair of boots?
But then I’ve read about Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi boots. They looked funny but they won Outdoorgearlab’s editor’s choice for 2018. The price was outrageous but the descriptions of fantastic cushioning and comfort caught my attention.
I was getting ready to hike on Crete, where I knew there would be a lot of roads walking and hiking on boulders and rocks. The price was causing my eyes to tear but I ordered the Hoka One One Tor Ultras from Italy (no store was selling them in Poland) and hoped for the best.Read More
On the Quest to find my perfect female hiking boots: Salomon Quest 4D
To find the perfect female hiking boots is not easy. And it is also not a trivial matter: finding the right hiking boots is absolutely essential to ensure the success of your hike and injury-free return home.
The perfect hiking boot will perform well on sandy roads, slippery rocks and when crossing streams. It should fit your unique anatomical needs, be stable and supportive.Read More
Picking the right gear and clothing is always important. But when you have to carry everything in your backpack with no way to fix wrong choices, the choosing process is so much more serious and anxiety-causing.
Packing list for hiking in Spain in February
In a few weeks, I’m going for two weeks hiking in Spain. I will first spend one day site seeing Barcelona and then move on to hike solo along the GR 1 trail Sendero Historico.Read More