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All You Need to Know About Hiking in the Spring

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.

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How to Be Eco-Conscious on the Trail: a Hiker’s Guide to Sustainability

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!

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Hiking Hydration: All You Need to Know!

I am pretty sure I don’t have to explain how important proper hydration is. Also, although we know now that there is no a set amount of water everyone has to drink during a day, it’s important to think ahead of time about the best way to carry, clean, and drink water on the trail.

Hiking Hydration: How much water do I need?

In the beginning, when you are not sure how much your body needs, think of providing about half a liter per hour of activity. If you hike on a scorching day or the hike is very demanding to you, you might need more. The amount of water one needs depends on many factors: the weather, altitude, your body type, how hard the hike is and how long you walk. If you head out on a hot day to climb steep rocks in high altitude - double the amount of water needed.

With time you start to get a good feeling of how much water you need. It’s always better to reach the hike’s end with some water left than risk dehydration.

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25 Camping Mistakes that Could Get You Killed (or Really Hate Camping)

I don't want to scare you off camping, quite the opposite! But I want to make sure your camping experience is fun and safe so you may want to do it more often. I collected 25 most common mistakes that could make your camping trip into an unpleasant experience or even a severe endangering of human life.

You might wonder if I actually did any of them. Well, duh! I took the wrong gear (too thin sleeping big), too much gear or useless stuff “just in case” more than once.

Learn from mine and other campers’ mistakes and make sure you are not guilty of any of them!

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How to Plan a Hiking Trip. There is No Spontaneity in Hiking!

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.

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Quitter and Proud. On the Life-Saving Skill of Knowing When to Quit

I believe knowing when to stop, turn around, give up - is the most important skill any hiker or mountaineering can have. Writing into the culture of wrongly understood "motivation" can be deadly.

There is no shame in quitting. Anyone who says so has blood on their hands. As I already stated a few times, I find the ubiquitous "fitspiration" of "never give up" disgusting and dangerous.

But we are surrounded by the macho culture of winning, being the first to reach a “never before” place, be better than the other one, risking life to achieve some Big Goal.

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9 Sure Ways to Conquer Your Hiking Anxiety

A lot of women who would like to go hiking, don’t do it because of fear. Sometimes it’s even hard to identify what exactly it is that scares them off - it’s just the generalized fear of Nature, hiking or camping solo or the unknown.

There is this anecdote asking how can a person lift a huge rock? The answer is: by breaking it into much smaller pieces and lifting each one separately, step by step. Same is with fear: when it’s unidentified, generalized fear of an idea, it’s hard to do anything about it, it’s paralyzing. But when you are able to name the particular source of anxiety, there is a chance we can work around it or with it.

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Camping in the Rain: Top Tips, Hacks, and Gear!

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.

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How to Minimize Condensation While Camping

Rain during a backpacking trip can be absolutely wonderful and even romantic. But there is quite the difference when the rain falls indoors… Condensation is a quite common and pretty annoying problem while backpacking. Instead of trying to fight against the laws of physics, it’s worth learning a few tips and hacks to minimize the inevitable.

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