Is Hiking A Sport?  What You Need to Know

Is Hiking A Sport?  What You Need to Know

Is hiking a sport or just a hobby?  While others might argue otherwise, we think that hiking can absolutely be considered a sport due to its physical demands and potential for competing in challenges and other events.  Hiking involves physical exertion and physical training, competition and challenges, and skill development. These elements are essential to…

Introducing: Are Combat Boots Good for Hiking?  

Introducing: Are Combat Boots Good for Hiking?  

Are combat boots good for hiking? Use hiking boots if you prioritize comfort, traveling lightweight, or excellent traction. Combat boots are a fine alternative for long hikes, especially if the terrain is fairly flat and you have adequately broken them in.  Kendall and I hike hundreds of miles yearly, and I use my Columbia Newton…

13 Best Hiking Snacks To Energize Your Climb

13 Best Hiking Snacks To Energize Your Climb

What are the best hiking snacks out there?  Homemade flax and protein balls, grass-fed beef jerky, and bagel PB&J sandwiches are a few of my favorites.    From completing hundreds of miles of trails over the years, I’ve learned the importance of finding the right balance of nutrients, calories, and ‘packability’ for your day hikes.  This…

27 Best Gadgets for Hiking (Ultimate Budget Guide)

27 Best Gadgets for Hiking (Ultimate Budget Guide)

What are the best gadgets for hiking?  Collapsible trekking poles, travel-sized sunscreen wrapped in duct tape, and clip-on sunglasses are a few of our favorites.  Besides carrying hiking essentials like a good water bottle, appropriate hiking shoes or boots, and food, incorporating some of these gadgets into your packing list can make your hike that…

What Muscles Does Hiking Work? (and How To Train)

What Muscles Does Hiking Work? (and How To Train)

What muscles does hiking work?  Hiking is an awesome activity because it works all major lower-body muscles, such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip muscles, and core and upper-body muscles.  This full-body workout is also much lower-impact than many other aerobic activities like running, another fantastic reason to invest in this lifelong sport.  As an…

Find the Best Hiking Shoes for Achilles Tendon Problems (2024)

Find the Best Hiking Shoes for Achilles Tendon Problems (2024)

Looking for the best hiking shoes for Achilles tendon problems?  The Columbia Newton Ridge Plus hiking boots with Warwick Adjust-A-Heel heel lift inserts are my number one choice.  As someone who has personally experienced a whole slew of foot and ankle problems (including persistent Achilles tendon pain), I understand how much of a difference the…

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Hot Weather Hiking Shirts (2024)

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Hot Weather Hiking Shirts (2024)

Looking for the best hot weather hiking shirt?  The Jessie Kidden convertible long-sleeve shirt still holds the top spot on my list.  It’s inexpensive, comfortable, and looks great. Over the years, I’ve hit the trails in just about every type of shirt you can imagine. From short sleeves to long sleeves, synthetic materials, to basic…

13 Breathtaking Hikes Near Spokane: How to See the Best Trails
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13 Breathtaking Hikes Near Spokane: How to See the Best Trails

Looking for the best hikes near Spokane?  We’ve got you covered!  Spokane is a city surrounded by evergreen trees and breathtaking natural landscapes. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’re in the right place. Kendall and I have been lucky enough to call Washington state our home for the past year and a half and the…

Honest Alpaca Expeditions Review: Everything You Need to Know
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Honest Alpaca Expeditions Review: Everything You Need to Know

Kendall and I hiked the 4-day/3 night classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and want to give you our honest Alpaca Expeditions review. They are a fantastic company and did an incredible job. Here are all the details so you can make your own informed decision. Some of the things we loved were the following:…

Havasupai Falls Packing List: How to Plan your 4-Day Adventure
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Havasupai Falls Packing List: How to Plan your 4-Day Adventure

You finally scored permits to camp in Havasupai, one of the most stunning places on earth with turquoise waterfalls against a beautiful backdrop of red rock.  Now the fun part begins: planning and packing.  For this 4-day backpacking adventure to the Havasupai Falls campground, less is more since you have to haul it all in…