Here’s something I bet you never thought you’d hear from a doctor,“I’m writing you a prescription for a trip to the park.”Wait, what? Is this the adult version of that recurring daydream from elementary school where recess is the only class of the day and pizza is the only thing served by the lunch ladies? Nope, it’s not a dream, Park Prescriptions are a very real thing that began with a pilot program in San Francisco parks in 2012 and has evolved to include over 100 programs across the United States.
Intuitively, most of us know that being outside is good for our health.
A good no-cook trail breakfast is like gold – super precious, yet hard to find. Today, I have a simple tried and tested backpacking recipe to share: Trail Banana Bread. Each serving is approximately 500 to 550 calories, though eat as much as you need to feel fueled since you will cut the slices into small squares!
Hiking, by nature, is an activity that requires planning – sometimes only a little and sometimes months’ worth of research. So, it should come as no surprise to the serious hiker that the key to safe and respectful hiking during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place & social distancing mandate is thorough planning and preparation.
If your next adventure is taking you into the backcountry, you’re probably already planning on how to shave some weight off your pack. Chances are, you’re looking at your wallet and wondering what needs to come along and what can stay behind. If the only paperwork you’re bringing is a map, read on!
As far as mile per view goes, backpacking the Trans Catalina trail is hard to beat for the amount of effort and miles you need to put in for the grand, sweeping ridge views! While low mileage and a non technical trail, don't let the mile markers fool you into thinking this is a simple backpacking trip along a fire road. You'll climb up to the ridge, down to the ocean, and back up to the ridge, pretty much every single day!
Easy, yet excellent backpacking trip for the winter season as the mileage between campsites is low enough to accomplish in limited winter daylight hours.
Great trip for a gear shakeout if you're testing out new gear or simply looking to see what items you can go without.
Great intro to backpacking as there’s a lot of trail support or for experienced backpackers who want a low stress, minimal planning trip.
Whether you’re going without a stove, carrying minimal fuel, hiking in extreme heat or a fire restricted area, or simply don’t feel like taking the time to boil water (anyone else a lazy morning person?!), try cold soaking on your next hiking trip!
I only have three requirements when I’m making coffee in the backcountry: 1) the coffee must taste great (duh); 2) the coffee can’t have a gritty feeling; and 3) cleanup must be fast and simple. Now, as a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I’ll admit that criteria #1 completely depends on the quality and freshness of the coffee beans and what your taste for coffee is. I like a black mug of joe from medium to light roasted beans.
So you want to go backpacking? Excellent! Let me be the first to welcome you to this lifelong addiction to the great outdoors and hiking off the beaten path. Read more for our philosophy on packing gear as well as a downloadable checklist!