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How to Purify Water While Hiking

August 18, 2011

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to hike. During the summer, there is more time to go for a hike but with the summer also comes the heat. A very important thing to do in the summer is to keep hydrated and this also applies for hiking, no matter what the season. It is not always possible to carry enough water on us during a long hike, so here are some informative videos on different ways to purify water while on the trail.

How to Purify Water on a Hiking Trip

Knowing how to purify water on a hiking trip is an important skill for any serious hiker, as it could one day save your life. Find out how to collect, filter, and purify natural water so that it is safe to drink.

Day Hiking : Day Hike Water Purification Tips

Water purification is important if you are uncertain about the water on your day hike. Learn more tips about water purification in thisfree hiking video. Expert: Steve Curtis Bio: Steve Curtis has been involved in outdoor activities his entire life a…

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Uses of Duct Tape while Hiking

August 15, 2011

Duct tape is a simple and inexpensive things that has multiple uses. Here are some videos that offer good tips on the uses of duct tape while hiking.

Video Quick Tip: Carry Duck Tape

http://www.rei.com Take two or three feet of duck tape and wrap it around your trekking pole. It has tons of uses and then you always have it with you in the back country if you need it.

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Ways to Purify Water While Hiking

April 24, 2011

Water comprises most of our bodies and is essential to hiking. Here are some great articles on how to purify water during your trip. Enjoy!

Water Purification and Camping

So, while hiking or backpacking in the wilderness, you be the judge whether to always purify your water or to take a well-informed assessment approach and enjoying some of the best tasting water on the planet. …

Publish Date: 07/30/2009 12:58

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/hydration/water-purification-camping

Water Purification Systems for Camping, Hiking, Backpacking or RV

For instance, a camping water purification is very effective, but it should also be quite portable. While many people will simply bring along a water purifier that has been mounted on a pitcher, this might not be ideal when you are …

Publish Date: 04/09/2011 4:34

http://backpackingtravel.org/water-purification-systems-for-camping-hiking-backpacking-or-rv

The Importance Of Water Purification Whilst Camping | Just VERB-IT

This is why when camping or hiking it is essential to have a number of water purification methods at your disposal to ensure your water supply is safe and clean. The most common waterborne bacteria are giardia, … While this may be ideal for cooking, it can seriously affect the quality of drinking water. There is however a solution to this problem with some drops adding a citrus flavour while they purify. Using chemical solutions can also cause problems if used for …

Publish Date: 04/22/2011 12:14

http://www.verb-it.com/the-importance-of-water-purification-whilst-camping/

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Backpack Review: North Face Recon

March 31, 2011

North Face Recon Backpack Review

The North Face Recon is one of the staple backpacks seen on school campuses around the country and with good reason. The fact that you see the same design selling year after year is a testament to how well thought-out it is. With it’s large capacity,…

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How to Use Hiking Poles

August 26, 2010
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Hiking poles can be very useful while hiking, especially if you have weaker knees. Here is some information on what hiking poles are and how to use them.

Using Trekking Poles: Poles Can Assist a Hiker in Many Ways During

However, the first thing is the proper name. Don’t refer them as a “walking stick”. Use the term “trekking pole” or “hiking pole” to differentiate from the image of a broken down old-timer shuffling along the track. …

Publish Date: 02/23/2008 23:50

http://www.suite101.com/content/using-trekking-poles-a45645

Consumer Reports Health Blog: Hiking poles: 4 legs are better than 2

How to use them: Adjust the poles, if possible, so they’re comfortable for your height. Make them longer for descents, shorter for uphill climbs. Let them move naturally with the rhythm of your walking, shifting weight to them as …

Publish Date: 08/18/2010 3:00

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2010/08/hiking-poles-four-legs-are-better-than-two-hiking-tips-protecting-your-muscles-preventing-injury.html

Trekking Poles: What are They?

Other Cool Uses. Trekking poles can come in handy for several purposes besides hiking. They can be used as support poles for setting up a tarp shelter. Because they are adjustable, the poles can be lengthened or shortened for the …

Publish Date: 07/12/2007 1:00

http://www.suite101.com/content/treeking-poles-a26035

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Hiking Boots Tip: Breaking Them In

August 26, 2010
Old friend, new friend
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A great new pair of hiking boots, just like any other shoe, needs to be broken in before going on a long hike. Here are some tips on breaking in your new hiking boots.

The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog: Taking care of your hiking feet

Don’t try to break in brand new boots on a long hike either. Wear a new pair around town, or on short hikes, before taking them long distance. * Walking barefoot around the house, especially outside, will toughen the skin of your feet. …

Publish Date: 08/25/2010 6:54

http://hikinginthesmokys.blogspot.com/2010/08/taking-care-of-your-hiking-feet.html

Hiking Tip: Break in New Hiking Boots Properly | Great Outdoors

Learn how to break in your new hiking boots properly and thoroughly.

Publish Date: 02/08/2010 13:03

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/wilderness/hiking-tip-break-in-new-hiking-boots-properly

Gear Care – Hiking Boots: How to properly care for hiking boots

Break Them In – Take the time to break in your hiking boots. Wear them around the house and out in the yard. Take walks around your neighborhood. Give them a chance to adapt to your feet, your style of walking and to lose their …

Publish Date: 03/23/2007 1:00

http://www.suite101.com/content/gear-care-hiking-boots-a16970

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National Park News: Acadia National Park on iPhone

June 28, 2010

“The next time you visit Acadia National Park, be sure to take your iPhone.

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A school technology director from Yarmouth has developed a new application for the iPhone that offers a guided tour of the park right in the palm of your hand.

Kerry Gallivan, 36, the president and founder of Chimani LLC, said the idea for the Acadia application grew out of an experience he had while hiking in the park.

“I was on Gorham Mountain and was using my iPhone,” he said. ‘I wanted more information about the mountain and the trail I was on. I couldn’t find it, and I figured there were other people in the same situation. That was the inspiration. It was a solution to a problem I had experienced.’ ”  Read more.

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Purify Your Water or Not?

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Cell Phones in the Wilderness: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

June 4, 2010

“Again and again I see in tips about hiking in the wilderness the advice to take along a cell phone. The tipster usually provides safety reasons for the advice. The reasoning goes something like this: If you get in trouble, all you have to do is dial a number and help will be on the way.

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Here are some cogent arguments against packing along your smartphone.

Argument #1: It is unlikely that you will find a reliable signal any distance beyond the trail head. So, the weight of the cell phone is basically useless weight.”

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Hiking Tips: Benefits of Groundsheets

February 9, 2010

If someone asked me to name some hiking and backpacking equipment, groundsheets wouldn’t like be at the top of the list. I’d more likely mention backpacks, sleeping bags or hiking shoes.

Here’s an article that reminded me that groundsheets are useful items that have a variety of uses and benefits. Take a look at this article on groundsheets. It may just give you a bit more exalted view of this lowly item.

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