Questions tagged [hiking]

Hiking is any outdoor walking activity - along trails or across unmarked wild country.

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Thinking about a road trip out West

My wife and I are thinking of taking a road trip from northwest Ohio to "out west" - Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, etc. I've never been farther west than Indiana, so it's a whole new ...
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What hikes are must-do at the Grand Canyon north rim?

My wife and I are going to the north rim in April and May. We would like to do several hikes, hopefully ones that let us experience the best of the Grand Canyon's north rim. We are interested in hikes ...
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Logic behind hikers yielding to horses?

Here in California, a lot of trails have signs with a triangular diagram, showing that cyclists should yield to hikers, and both cyclists and hikers should yield to people on horses. I don't have a ...
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Destination for (half-) day hike near Kraków, Poland in late autumn/early winter

At the end of this month, I will be spending some days in Kraków, Poland. I might have a half or a full day available and apart from exploring the city, I'd like to do some hiking in the close ...
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When considering GPS battery life where are the best options?

I believe the 3 main options for portable GPS currently are: Dedicated GPS unit Smart Phone GPS Watch They all have somethings in common, and each have other considerations also. For this question,...
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How to apply duct tape and mole skin to prevent blisters?

In response to a question that was asked regarding preventing/treating blisters, a reputed and a respectable climber (DavidR) said: "Having 'duct tape', 'mole skin', or other adhesive products, and ...
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What's a good overnight hiking loop in New England, within a 3 hour range of Boston?

We're looking for an overnight loop near the Boston area. I've checked out the Pemi Loop Hike in New Hampshire, but it's strenuous and we think it might be a little too much for the more novice ...
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What kind of baby carrier is best for use walking and climbing in the hills?

I'm going to be a Dad for the first time early next year. My wife and I are very active outdoorsy kind of people. I've started looking at a baby carrier so we can take our wee one out on short walks ...
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Are roads in Iceland closed to hikers outside the winter?

In a couple of years I hope to cross Iceland east to west through the centre. I understand the roads in central Iceland are only open in the summer. Is that for vehicles only or for walking as well? I ...
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Where to find hiking shorts that last more than a few months? [closed]

I'm one of these crazy people that tend to wear cargo shorts all year round, and do a lot of hiking and general outdoor activities in them. However, because of this they tend to wear out relatively ...
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Why do my socks roll down towards the toes of my shoes while mountaineeering?

After nearly a decade of regular mountaineering, I am having this issue for the first time. And, I am almost sure to claim that it may not be because of the shoes that I use since I have been using ...
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Whippet as trekking pole?

I was wondering if whippet could be used as a trekking pole? Question arises from hiking on steep hills (no snow, dry grass), where any additional grip would be really helpful. I've read that most ...
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Should one run (or walk) back to civilization if bitten by a rattlesnake?

From what I understand the most important thing to do when bitten by a rattlesnake is to get to a hospital. I often go on hikes where I am a few hours walk from civilization at the midpoint of my ...
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How would navigation be different while hiking at night?

If one were to hike during the night and sleep during the day, what differences in navigation would one have to take into account? In my experience you are more on instruments (such as a compass or ...
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Want to climb highest mountains of most European country's, how and where to start? [closed]

As I am always looking for my next challenge I have decided that I want to reach the highest points in some of the European countries. I am a pretty fit person and I went on some 3-4 day trips in the ...
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How can I attach a patch to a nylon backpack?

I recently got my new Osprey Atmos 65, and I really want to attach some patches that I bought online. Will normal iron patches work or can I sew them on instead? Will it damage the backpack?
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How are the routes of hiking trails determined?

While hiking and backpacking, I often ponder how the trail came to be located where it is. Some trails, especially longer ones, seem like they could take several different routes to get to their ...
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How best to condition oneself to do day hikes at an altitude peaking at 6,000 to 8,000 ft?

I have hiked in years past up to 12,000 ft but normally topped out around 8,000 ft when doing day hikes. Problem is that I'm in my 60's, haven't hiked in 3 years and live at an altitude that tops out ...
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What are the key features to look for in mobile device apps for hiking/camping?

I've used one of the trail apps and was satisfied, but am looking for something better. What are the features I should focus on for selecting an app? What bells and whistles are really useful on the ...
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Can I camp in the protected areas Þjórsárver and Guðlaugstungur og Álfgeirstungur?

I am investigating the feasibility of a hike looping around Hofsjökull. The route takes me through the Þjórsárver and Guðlaugstungur og Álfgeirstungur protected areas. The regulations for Þjórsarver ...
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Is there a protective substance, like an epoxy, I can use on my feet so I can backpack barefoot?

Is there something that works like epoxy or natural tar that I can apply to the most delicate impact points of my feet (balls and heel) that will form a very durable bond, and let me backpack (i.e. ...
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Sleeping outdoors without a tent in a high altitude Mt. Tapulao?

We're planning to do a dayhike on a mountain almost two thousand meters above sea level (Mt. Tapulao). The trail is almost 20 kilometers to the summit, and me and my fellow hikers are pretty slow, ...
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How many calories does hiking burn?

My girlfriend and I went for a walk on Sun. We climbed 3 peaks in Snowdonia. My girlfriend had one of them Nike tracking apps running on her phone all the while. In the end it gave us these stats: ...
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What are the best possible ways of indicating a 'closed' trail?

I live in a region where you have trails that are open any time of the year, some of the other trails are usable throughout the year except rainy (monsoon) season. There are also rare cases of the ...
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Warning shot in bear encounter? [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone else has had any experiences with guns and/or bear spray in combination, instead of just carrying one over the other? How have bears reacted to warning shots? We backpack in ...
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What to do if you have been stung multiple times by yellow-jackets hours or days from the trailhead?

The Situation: Your party is hours or days from the trailhead, when one of the party stumbles on a yellowjacket nest and is stung multiple times by the tiny fighter aircraft. The person had been ...
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If I'm caught in lightning above tree-line, what should I do?

We all know the general lightning guidelines, but what if I am above tree-line and caught in a freak lightning storm. Is it better to: Run like mad to toward the trees Lie flat, and find religion ...
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What is the difference between hiking boots and “hunting boots”?

Many (online) shops classify boots between hiking and hunting; for example, see hunting boots. The hunting boots look more like the kind of boots I like, than the hiking boots do. What are the ...
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What are the markings on the Grouse Grind?

I did the Grouse Grind in Vancouver, B.C., this past weekend and there were two markings on the trail. Ones that went in 1/40ths (more or less): 1/40, 3/40, ... 39/40 and larger signs every ...
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What are the best places to go for a hike near Mexico City? [closed]

What are the best places in Mexico City to go for a hike. Ideally they should be safe, with amazing views, can go with my car with two or three other people, they are not so crowded, last for ...
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What are the advantages of different locks for collapsible trekking poles?

I've generally seen two kinds of locks for adjustable trekking poles. Twist lock and clamp lock (Clamp lock is also called "lever lock" and "quick lock"). What are the comparative advantages and ...
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How to make my own liquid camp soap?

We use Coghlan's Camp Soap when camping, it is available in handy containers at most stores that have any amount of outdoor supplies. But we can only find it in the 4oz bottle, we would like to be ...
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Are cheap Packable Backpacks reliable enough for a long day strenuous hike?

I will be going to a series of 6 to 10 hours day hikes in Hokkaido, Japan. Some of these hikes are strenuous in effort, and involves different terrains. The weather should include some rain, but for ...
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How to dry wet shoes quickly?

Is there a way to dry the shoes out when they get wet? I am referring to situations specially when I can not hang them out to dry. Consider a situation wherein I am trekking in the night, and I need ...
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How can I make sure there are no more ticks around?

I'm back from outdoors and while lying down in bed I noticed a tiny tiny insect walking around on my clothes. While trying to take a picture of it to see if it is a tick, it just disappeared and I ...
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Is there another less crowded route up to Schloss Neuschwanstein?

We visited Neuschwanstein lately and since we were with kids, picked the common tourist path up to the castle. The hike is extremely stressful (for me at least) because you wander on a tarred way with ...
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Modern equivalent of a flare gun?

This summer I will be taking a rather inherently dangerous multi-day hike by myself. I was considering buying a flare gun since I will be out of cellular range unless there is something more modern ...
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How to stay dry in the nether regions? [duplicate]

I'm outdoors quite a bit. But the one thing that takes me out of action is sweat buildup and rubbing in my nether regions. It can literally take me out of action for a few days. I think it comes down ...
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How rapidly (or slowly) is work progressing on “consumer” exoskeletons for baby boomers to extend their hiking and backpacking years?

Several years ago, the Washington Post had an article titled This remarkable new exoskeleton slips on like a boot and makes your walking more efficient. Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University ...
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Pressing the knee while ascending

Usually I have a walking stick with me. But this time around I didn't have one along. With the hot and humid weather adding to the woes, we were going up a seemingly unending ascent. The constant ...
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Trekking in Mongolia without a guide?

I would like to visit Mongolia next year and organize a trek with my girlfriend. We are skilled trekkers and we would prefer to avoid to hire a guide. We both experienced treks with guide in Nepal, ...
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What are some things to do with teenagers in Quepos, Costa Rica? [closed]

I'm heading to Quepos, Costa Rica with 4 teenagers. We'd like to do some things like whitewater rafting, hiking, viewing waterfalls, and seeing nature and wildlife.
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Good resources for information about hiking trails near Boston

I'm a Hiker who recently moved to Boston, MA. I'm interested in hiking within a 2 hour drive of the city, and I really would love alpine hiking (above the tree line), on trails that are 4 to 8 miles. ...
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What are the key sights to see on a short trip through Oregon?

My husband and I are planning to drive from Kansas City, through Nevada (stop and see the arches) then to the top of California (to see the redwoods), see a few waterfalls in Oregon, travel through ...
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What is the top-down (reverse) shoe lacing good for?

I have sees this lacing a few times now and was wondering why people are doing it. Is there any difference to the ordinary lacing and if so, what is that difference?
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Is it feasible to hike Zion and Bryce in Utah in mid-May?

Is it feasible to hike trails to at least some overlooks around Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah in mid-May? If yes, do we need a 4x4, or will a sedan do? We are only interested in day ...
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What should go in the hiking/backpacking plan that you leave with someone else? [duplicate]

It is good practice on a hiking or backpacking trip to leave a written plan behind with someone. Then if you fail to return by your estimated date Search and Rescue will have an idea of where to look ...
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Sign in/Sign out sheets for dangerous passages while hiking!

Many years ago, while hiking with a friend, we came across a particular point in the trail which was rather dangerous. If one slipped, the fall would surely be fatal. What struck me most is the fact ...
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Hiking map for Hokkaido and/or other resources

I plan to go hiking in Hokkaido next spring. I'd like to hike two weeks and to keep away from the cities during this time. I'd like to visit Daisetsuzan Park and Shiretoko Park. I've read about ...
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How should I traverse fields with horses in?

I am surprised at how many people I see doing this wrongly (my experience being an ex-horse owner and now hiker in the UK). What is the correct way to traverse a field containing horses? Let's ...

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