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Light Hiking Shoes VS. Hiking Boots


A lot of people nowadays switch from using boots for hiking to hiking shoes that are more lightweight due to the ongoing trend of lightweight backpacking. Additionally, blisters are prevented.

Aside from keeping everything light, one other essential goal would be spending less money in equipment and clothing. Here are several ways you can follow to keep hiking shoes cheap and light.

For backpacking trips and hikes that are longer, opt for shoes of high quality. In general, good shoes for running which weight around a pound would be good. If weights are listed, you can even buy them online or through catalogs. Otherwise, you will be able to tell just by picking up shoes at local shoe stores within your weight range. If you happen to shop at traditional stores, small kitchen scales could do the trick in checking weights.

Naturally, a lot of top running shoes could cost up to a hundred dollars. A lot of people wouldn’t want to spend too much on shoes, though, so closeouts would be a good option. For some particular reason, people like the newest fashion, despite there being no difference when it comes to performance, so last year’s sales are more difficult to get rid of, giving them steep discounts. Simply check on the internet, get several catalogs and you are sure to find great deals.

A second strategy in keeping hiking shoes cheap and light would be to visit Kmart or Wal-Mart or similar places that sell inexpensive shoes. Shoes here can get so low that they could be available for a mere ten bucks. Although they surely are of low quality, this would only be a problem in longevity and materials used. When they are actually put to use, however, they actually have a better grip when hiking in rockier territory and where climbing is a must compared to expensive shoes.hiking shoes

What is important with hiking shoes that are cheap would be to remember that they should only be used for hikes and backpacking trips that are short and won’t bring you deep into the wild. Otherwise, your shoes could fall apart within a week of walking on rough terrain.

It has to be said, though, that these shoes are comfortable, light, and don’t have to be broken in. Such hiking shoes can be used over and over again, but should be limited to trips that last for a maximum of three days. Ensure that you always have duct tape with you, too, in case you are in need of sudden repairs.

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10 MANDATORY Backpacking Skills


Did you ever go on a backpacking trip which turned out to be a complete disaster, despite the fact that you carried along all the things you would need? Perhaps you brought matches, but weren’t able to get a fire to start anyway. To make sure you have an enjoyable and safe experience in the wilderness, you will need much more than just good gear. You have to know how some things are done, and here is a list to help you get started:

1. Learn how to start a fire. If you need to, practice on your own yard, but try to do so with a single match alone. Then, try it again when it’s raining.

2. Learn how to pitch tents. If this is done incorrectly, rain can enter and the wind could tear its seams. Tents need to be pitched very tight. Also, you have to be able to set tents up within just a couple of minutes.

3. Know how you can keep warm. Practice your camping skills in your own yard, to find out how you can block the wind and how eating foods filled with fat and wearing hats before going to bed can help you stay warm.

4. Learn how to cook over fires. This is not as simple as it sounds. The wind needs to be blocked; the pan needs to be covered; the fire needs to be kept concentrated and small. Practice a lot and set a timer. Doing things faster is always better in emergencies, and keep in mind that there is a possibility of your stove breaking.

5. Learn which plants are edible. Learning how cattails are identified, as well as several edible berries in the wild could turn your trip into a more enjoyable one, most of all if you end up losing all of your food when a bear comes along.

6. Know how you should walk. By knowing how you should pace yourself, as well as walk comfortably on rocky terrain, you can end up less tired; in fact, you could even save yourself from a twisted ankle.

7. Learn all about animals. Find out how you can tell if bears are stalking you and what to do in such a situation. If he makes a lot of noise, he probably just wants to scare you away.

8. Watch the sky. It would be helpful to know whether a storm is coming. Know the basics in weather prediction to ensure more safety.

9. Know simple first aid. An important thing you may want to know is how to recognize hypothermia symptoms and how to treat blisters.

10. Know how to navigate. Maps and compasses will not help if they aren’t used properly.

There is no need to turn into a wilderness survival expert in order to enjoy hiking trips, but it does help to learn something. Use these skills to learn something useful and new.

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3 Essential Tips for Backpacking with Children


Backpacking with kids could prove to be a real challenge. However, it would be a great way for children to learn more about the great outdoors, as well as develop responsibility and independence. Also, it is a good way to have some fun. Here are three essential tips that can help:

1. Get Them Interested.
If you force uninterested kids to go backpacking, they will resist, start problems, and simply ruin the entire trip for everyone. Therefore, you need to get them interested first. Several great outdoor movies might help. Search for movies with actors of the same general age. Then, suggest going backpacking to gauge their response.

If your children seem a bit too young for backpacking, though, you might want try camping out in your own backyard first. They can help pitch the tent and you can see how they will survive through that night. Do your best in making the experience as fun as possible for them.

2. Make the Kids Part of the Plans.
It is much better if the children are more involved with the entire process. Let them help you out in picking the hiking trails, but narrow down the options beforehand to more appropriate ones. Give them the chance to suggest which foods to pack, but (again) narrow down their meal options to those that would make sense on backpacking trips. Teach them how maps are used and how they can judge hiking distances by the day. They can also help you pack.

3. Give Them Certain Responsibilities.
Children who are of age can make fires or set up tents. Younger children can collect sticks that will eventually be burned or get their sleeping bags and pads ready for the night ahead. Give each child things they can actually handle and make sure you always tell them what a good job they are doing (provided they are doing so).

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