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Hiking Safety

Hiking Safety and Tips

With the weather warming up it’s time to start getting outdoors and experiencing nature in all its wonder. Overlanded has compiled a list of basic strategies and advice to help you make your way safely. General Hiking Tips We generally suggest that you wear hiking boots or approach shoes instead of tennis shoes. In rugged […]

Winter Hiking Tips

Winter Hiking Tips

Typically when you’re out in the cold you’re bundled up in a heavy coat, mittens, snow boots, a scarf etc. If you go hiking in the winter dressed like that you’ll end up hot, sweaty and very uncomfortable. You will also have a higher chance of getting hypothermia. What you want to do when hiking […]

hiking sticks

Compact Hiking Sticks – Make Your Hike More Enjoyable

Compact hiking sticks are something that every hiker should have when traveling long distances over rough terrain. While using a tree branch will certainly get the job done, it might be a good idea to invest a bit of money and buy a synthetic pole. You will be glad you did. The main reason you’ll […]

How to Read a Compass

How to Read a Compass

A compass is a great tool for finding your way from point A to point B but it’s more complicated than just making it point to N and following the arrow. Compass Basics There are four letters on the compass face, going clockwise they are N, E, S and W. These are the “cardinal points”. […]

hiking checklist

Hiking Checklist

Day Hiking Checklist: These are recommendations for hiking trips that will take an entire day to complete. Shorter trips, two miles or less, require little equipment. Add a snack, and you’re good to go. Of course, there are always exceptions. Some short trails can be quite strenuous. Use common sense when determining what to take. […]

hyponatremia

Hyponatremia – The Flipside of Dehydration

Introduction Often times, we discuss the need for proper hydration. Typically focusing on dehydration with suggestions that imply you should drink fluid at some sort of interval regardless of thirst in order to “stay ahead” of your thirst and prevent dehydration. Could there be a downside to staying hydrated? Dehydration does have an evil twin […]

bear safety

Bear Safety When Hiking or Camping

Bear safety is quite an important topic. The population of Black Bears in the U.S. has risen quite a bit in the last few years. Of course, there’s the Grizzly of the North West and Alaska. Below are a few suggestions We’ve come across. These are merely a few guidelines and do not guarantee your […]

conserving energy when hiking

Conserving Energy on the Trail

Thoughts and opinions on conserving energy and reducing fatigue on the trail. Introduction We put together some ways in which you can help conserve energy and even reduce soreness at the end of the day. Most of us don’t hike on a regular basis, so the act of trekking in unfamiliar terrain can be trying […]