Several excellent hiking related articles have been published over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I would take some time this Saturday morning to share them with you. Some of these will help you become a better hiker/backpacker, while others may inspire you to get out and discover new trails:
Backpacking Light published a series of two in-depth articles on "What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking". Part 1 highlights the essentials you'll need, while Part 2 covers clothing, footwear, group gear and basic training. This is an excellent primer for those that are new to backpacking, or maybe have youngsters looking to explore the wilderness for the first time.
If you already have a little experience with backpacking, and are looking to take the next step in the sport, Steven over at My Life Outdoors offers 10 Tips To Reduce Pack Weight.
Of course once you're on the trail you don't want to get lost. The "Perils of Certainty" is something all hikers should be aware before stepping into the wilderness. However, creating a Speed Chart can help with navigation.
Looking for a new hiking destination? Or maybe even a new adventure? National Geographic Adventure recently asked several top athletes what dream trips were on their bucket list. The UK Guardian also recently asked "the experts" on where "The world's best walks" were located. Looking to go north this summer? Leigh McAdam from Hike Bike Travel offers what appears to be the definitive list on Canada’s Long Distance Hiking Trails.
Finally, have you ever wondered about the pricing on convenience items in America's national parks? The National Parks Traveler has an answer.