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
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
The moment you decide you would like to go for a hike, the planning begins. Hiking is the kind of activity in which spontaneity is not encouraged much. And by “much” I mean not at all. To have an excellent and safe trip a proper process of preparation is required.
In this post, I will help you to highlight the critical elements of the process you should go through before you hit the trail. When I write this article, I have mostly multiple days and long-term hiking in mind, but many of the key ideas are quite useful also when thinking of a short day hike.
But why can’t I be spontaneous and just go?
I know that some people find it romantic or exciting to just decide on a spot to go somewhere – buy a ticket, grab a bag, and fly for a weekend to a new destination. I can even see some appeal in that idea (if I squint hard and tilt my head a bit to the left) but what might work for a weekend urban escape can be a recipe for a disaster when it comes to nature escapes.Read More
I am so happy you plan on hiking in Iceland. And a bit jealous – I loved it so much that I wish I can go back as soon as possible! But to make sure your stay on this gorgeous island is all good, I want to you to know a few things.
This is a crucial question. There are so many places in Europe where you can safely hike from very early on (I hiked in Spain in February) all the way till late fall in mountainous areas. In some areas, you can basically hike the whole year. Not so in Iceland.Read More
A few months ago I wrote a guide to gradual upgrading your gear to lighten up the load. I have realized that instead of writing another “edit” in that post, I should just write a post describing where I’m at on this quest to shed weight off my back.
I needed to start with the big items – that’s where you see big differences. If I can shed 1 kg of weight with a different tent, there is really no sense obsessing over a 10g lighter spoon, right?Read More
Are you on a quest to find the perfect Christmas gift for your hiking/camping/traveling loved ones that doesn't drain your bank account? You are in the right place! Below you will find budget Christmas gift ideas for all the outdoorsy types!
It might feel a bit intimidating at first to pick something from the thousands of possible items, especially if you are not a hiker yourself. But don't worry! Hikers and travelers love practical things to add to their (probably already big) gear collection.
Believe me, there is no such a thing as too much gear! Most of the items below can work also as the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers or the daily Hanukkah "gelt" gifts! Rejoice!Read More
If you love hiking and seeing new places you should consider hiking near Wisła (pronounce: viswa). This small but charming town in the Beskid Śląski Mountains is the perfect base for many day hikes in the area.
The modest yet beautiful Silesian Beskids Mountains
The Beskids are a long mountain range in the Outer Western Carpathians, comprising of a few smaller parts: Beskid Śląski, Beskid Niski and Beskid Żywiecki. Beskid Śląski (Silesian Beskids) is the most western part and the closest to my heart, as I was born just an hour drive away and used to hike around those hills all childhood.Read More
When my Cape Wrath Trail plans didn’t work out I had to make a decision about where to go next.
I wasn’t planning on doing the Great Glen Way at all – so I had no trail description or any notes.
When I was in Glenfinnan I did some hard thinking and decided that taking on a lighter trail before the more challenging Skye Trail would be a good idea.Read More
The wonderful world of women hiking solo
Hello, ladies! Do you dream about getting out of your dusty office and out to the wild?
I am so with you!
Hiking, especially when done alone, can be a life-changing experience. It brings you serenity and peace of mind.
It can give you a great boost of self-confidence and pride. Hiking solo lets you think freely and be tuned in to own needs.
It makes you focus on yourself, which women rarely have the chance to experience.Read More