Tag: hiking gear

#TrailTip Tuesday: Do You Need Trekking Poles?

Trekking poles are not just for old people, women, or people with weak knees. There are many benefits to using trekking poles when you hike. These are some of the advantages I personally enjoy. 1. Total body workout Your lower body has to carry your weight plus the weight of the backpack. Why not put

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Gear Review: Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles – Women’s

Women's Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles Review

My old women’s Leki poles had a twist lock that didn’t work consistently especially in the cold weather. On winter mornings, I used to find myself wrestling with the lock mechanism at the trailhead. It wouldn’t lock and the poles would just keep spinning. After a while, I’d just give up and hike without it

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#TrailTip Tuesday: Overheating

It might be still snowing in Minnesota in April but here in Southern California, it’s already getting too warm for hiking with dogs when the sun is at the highest. I am already carrying Xena’s cooling vest, Swamp Cooler, in my backpack. Another item I carry during warmer months is a light cotton bandana. A

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