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
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
No matter how small we might think we are, everything we do have an impact on the environment. Some people are more some less aware of the dare state our Planet is in. As I live in a heavily polluted area, with smog rates up to 11x the norms, where anti-smog mask is a must-have not just for running errands but for sleeping - I try to do whatever I can to lower my negative impact.
The very nature of hiking makes it a very ecological-friendly activity already. You use your own legs to propel yourself, no gas or harmful emissions. Hiking teaches us to live on less, make do with whatever we packed, appreciate water and natural resources. Yet, there is still more we can do to make our hiking trips as Nature-friendly as possible!Read More
There is a firm push in the hiking community to go ultra-light. Even people who don't use ultralight gear, feel or believe that's the ultimate "best" to which we should all aspire. Thru-hikers go on a constant quest to cut whatever else is left to cut, to go on a bare minimum (and sometimes even below that) to reach the UL Grail.
Obviously, there is a good reason behind it: shading some weight off our packs makes hiking easier and safer. It's less pressure on our knees and muscles don't need to work as hard to carry it all up to the hills.
Some reasons are budget-related: there is no way I can afford a Dyneema tent or backpack, for example. Other ideas are more... comfort-related. There are things I am willing to carry even though there are not necessary and even might seem silly to pack. And yet - I do.Read More
Going backpacking only when there is a wonderful weather can mean you will never go. It’s much better to assume there will be rainy days in your future and prepare accordingly. Especially, that hiking and camping when it rains can be really rewarding and magical.
When we talk about camping in the rain, one of the most important safety concern is hypothermia and the dangers of flash floods. Keeping some things dry is absolutely crucial not just for our comfort but survival. We have to make sure that after a rainy and cold day hiking we can change into dry clothes and go to sleep in a dry sleeping bag, in a dry tent.Read More
Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or for no reason at all - it’s always great to find an inspiration for thoughtful gifts that will truly make someone happy. I am a hiker and a camper and I know that there is nothing better than to receive a gift that says, I know you are a hiking nerd and I love you for it!
Hiking gear is not cheap. This is why people who love hikers should not feel bad for giving quite practical gifts - it might sound unsexy or silly to give someone woolen socks or a pooping trowel but believe me, your adventurous lover, sister or mother will go crazy for it!Read More
Norway is probably one of the best destinations for women who love hiking and camping by themselves. The land is breath-taking beautiful, you can wild camp almost anywhere, and there is a wonderful net of mountains shelters and well-maintained trails. Scandinavia is generally considered a very safe destination for women, also when hiking and camping solo.
When you hike alone you rely completely on yourself and what is in your pack. That is why you have to make sure you have all you need with you - and not much-unneeded extras, so you don't schlep any unnecessary load around the hard terrain.Read More
It’s pretty obvious that generally, hikers wish for a nice and clear weather. But it does not mean that if there is a rain in the forecast we should cancel our plans. Hiking (and camping!) in the rain may be fun and a chance to see the area in new light. There is also more chance to have the trail just to yourself as a number of potential hikers may change their plans.
Rain quite often comes with gloomy and moody clouds, creating a dramatic stage for your adventure. Of course, quite often it comes also with thick white fog and horizontally falling rains and hail... but that also can be quite breath-taking.Read More