Off the Main Roads: Out-of-the-box hiking gear …

Over the years, we hikers all accumulate a closet of gear that we know we can depend on. The obvious items are pretty much...

Off the Main Roads: How to save your own bacon …

Planning on heading out on a hike? Great! Just one thing I’d like you to do first. Look in the mirror. You are looking...

Exercise — good for health and good for hikers …

Exercise: Keep it social Want to get the best benefits out of your fitness routine, whether it be in the gym or outside on the...

Off the Main Roads: Gambling with gear …

Gambling with gear … It’s the the night before your big backpacking trip. You’ve been a good camper and packed all of your 10-plus essentials,...

Off the Main Roads: Eating for hiking – how to heal...

Why is it that some people seem to bounce back and be ready for another day of hiking right away, while others may well...

Off the main roads: Pine pop quiz …

Have you ever asked yourself … Why do pines have both big and teeny, tiny cones?  The answer lies in the basic biology of pine...

Off the Main Roads: Making a safe cuppa joe in the...

With crisp fall days on the way in the high country, cooking up a mug of some steaming hot coffee on my little MSR...

Off the Main Roads: Survival steps for your gear …

For most hikers, winter spells the end of the hiking season until the spring thaw brings us back out from our caves. But wait,...

Off the Main Roads: Hiking gear, time to retire? …

It’s supported you loyally throughout the years, but bringing worn-out gear into the back country can do you far more harm than good. Here’s a...

Off the Main Roads: Guided by nature …

Finding your way in the woods without a map or compass can be a daunting task. Yet our ancestors traveled their wild world —...

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