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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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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 Tips: Dehydration on The Trail

August 5, 2010
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Dehydration is a serious illness while hiking. So much of our bodies are made up of water; we need to make sure that we are keeping ourselves well hydrated so that we can keep healthy and enjoy our hikes. Question is, how do we know the signs of dehydration? Here is a great article that goes over the prevention, symptoms and treatment of dehydration.

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Hiking Tips: Hiking in Bear Country

August 4, 2010
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One of the great things about hiking is the wildlife we can encounter. However, bears are wildlife that are best to not get close to because as much as they look sweet and innocent, we still have to remember that we are in the wilderness and to respect the wildlife. Here are some articles on how to safely hike through bear country. Enjoy!

What are Smellables for Hiking in Bear Country?

Know what is a smellable to avoid attracting a bear into a campsite.

Publish Date: 07/19/2010 15:06

http://hikingbackpacking.suite101.com/article.cfm/what-are-smellables-for-hiking-in-bear-country

Hiking in bear country? Black bear safety video offers tips | In

If you are hiking in bear country, you’ll find the new 6-minute video, Day Hiking and Wildlife, from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park helpful. This black bear safety video covers hiking safety and educates viewers about the …

Publish Date: 07/05/2010 7:39

http://www.carlsams.com/inthewoods/2010/07/hiking-in-bear-country-black-bear-safety-video-offers-tips/

Warding off bears. | Great Outdoors Tips with Outdoors Expert

I’m not advocating that you never hike with your dog. But, just think twice about it if you are heading into bear country. Always keep your dog on a leash. Don’t shy away from hiking where bears are known to live. …

Publish Date: 07/11/2010 16:04

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/hiking/hiking-tips-avoiding-unwanted-bear-encounters

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Hiking Tips: Poisonous Plants

August 4, 2010
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Hiking is such a fun and enjoyable experience. However, something as simple as touching a seemingly harmless plant can turn that fun into pain. Here are some articles on identifying some common poisonous plants so that you may have a safe and enjoyable hike.

Hiking Tips # 2 — Avoiding Toxic Relationships (with plants).

Poisonous plants are as common as they are irritating. The allergic reaction to Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac can make a hiking trip memorable for the wrong reasons. Plants of Poison There are three major types of poisonous plants in North …

Publish Date: 04/28/2010 14:45

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Identifying Poison Ivy and Poison Ivy Relief Options | Hiking Revealed

These plants are Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. Poison Ivy, by far, is the most common culprit. The first point of defense to avoiding transmission is by identifying Poison Ivy on the hiking trail. Identifying Poison Ivy – The …

Publish Date: 07/24/2010 18:17

http://www.hikingrevealed.com/identifying-poison-ivy-poison-ivy-relief

How To Identify Poison Ivy | Mike’s Backyard Nursery

thanks mike for your information video on poison ivy . im sure you help more then one person identify this plant and stay clear off it. i know all about this plant had 3 very bad encounters with it . like you said it hides on you like …… In 1950, in India, I had a contact with some plant in the mountains and got the rash. Another person hiking with me told me to look for a plant, the look alike of spinach close to the plant which gave me the rash and rub the juice of …

Publish Date: 07/01/2010 17:13

http://www.mikesbackyardnursery.com/2010/07/how-to-identify-poison-ivy/

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Hiking Tips: Mountain Lion Safety

August 4, 2010
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While hiking, one concern is safety. Take a moment to read these articles on safety procedures on preventing an encounter with a mountain lion.

Mountain lions | Great Outdoors Tips with Outdoors Expert Richard

Prevention Rule #4: Be noisy while you hike so you won’t surprise a mountain lion. The noisy announcement of your arrival will give the cat a chance to retreat, a behavior it will exhibit in the great majority of encounters. …

Publish Date: 07/21/2010 12:42

http://freeoutdoors.com/blog/hiking/hiking-tips-safety-mountain-lion-country

Mountain Lion Safety While Hiking

Mountain Lion Safety While Hiking. Every year, more and more people are reporting encounters with mountain lions. As we encroach more and more on their outdoors territories, they have less and less places to hunt and live. …

Publish Date: 05/01/2009 14:49

http://www.romow.com/recreation-blog/mountain-lion-safety-while-hiking/

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