Hiking Tips

The hiking tips category consists of several subcategories, such as tips for doing Via Ferrata and hiking in Iceland as well as in the Alps respectively; advice on Planning a Trip, Navigation, Food and Hydration, Clothing Materials and suggestions for gifts for hiking enthusiasts; Hiking Gear Checklists and Hiking Gear Guide. Hopefully the articles will answer the majority of your questions for various hiking topics.

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Hiking Sleeping Equipment Guide – How to choose the right sleeping equipment?   Recently updated !

Hiking trips lasting more than one day usually require sleeping equipment so that you can stay comfortable and warm during the nights in the outdoors. Many of those who are new to hiking, as well as some experienced hikers, are uncertain about exactly what sleeping equipment to use on their trips. Therefore, we made this… Read More »

Hiking Sleeping Equipment Guide

Outdoor Watches – Thoughts on Features and Trends

Outdoor watches are becoming increasingly popular as they do not only show time but also provide valuable information (altitude, weather etc.) which makes activities in nature such as hiking, backpacking and mountaineering easier and safer. The term “outdoor watch” is indeed very ambiguous – across the internet you will find many different definitions of what… Read More »

Outdoor Watches - Features and Trends

Sun Protective Clothing for Hiking

Hiking is the quintessential outdoor activity and even if the sun does not shine brightly from a clear blue sky, the majority of its harmful UV-radiation will still reach through the cloud cover. Besides weather conditions and cloud cover, UV-radiation levels are influenced by sun height (depends on time of day and season), latitude, ground… Read More »

Sun protective Clothing - UV protection depends on numerous factors, including the porosity of the fabric

Hiking Accessories Guide – Which accessories to bring on a hiking trip?

On hiking trips you can use various accessories for increasing your performance and comfort. However, not every gadget is useful for every hiker. In this hiking accessories guide we explain the function of different hiking accessories as well as how to properly use them on the trails. This guide includes the eight most frequently used… Read More »

Hiking Accessories Guide

Hiking Backpacks Guide – How to choose the right backpack?

Hiking trips typically require a backpack so that you can easily carry water, food, additional clothing and other necessities. As hiking backpacks vary greatly in design, capacity, fit and features, it can be hard to figure out what kind of a backpack to buy. Therefore, we made this guide to hiking backpacks which first explains… Read More »


Hiking Footwear Guide – How to choose the right footwear?

Hiking trips will take a toll on your feet and legs as you will often walk on uneven if not rocky terrain. Therefore, you need to wear appropriate hiking footwear which protects your feet from injuries and enhances your performance. As hiking footwear varies greatly in weight, design, support and cushioning, it can seem like… Read More »

Hiking Footwear Guide - How to choose the right footwear?

Hiking Clothing Guide – What to wear for hiking?

Hiking requires appropriate clothing so that you can feel comfortable on the trails – no matter the weather. Many of those who are new to hiking, as well as some experienced hikers, are uncertain about what garments to use and how to properly layer them.  Therefore, we made this hiking clothing guide which explains the… Read More »

Layered Clothing System

Comparison of Shell Materials

A shell is the last (outer) layer of a layered clothing system and is thus worn over a base layer and a mid-layer. In warm weather a shell can also be worn directly over a base layer as insulation, normally provided by a mid-layer, is not required. The term “shell” is sometimes confusing to those… Read More »

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10 things you should know before going hiking in the Alps

In 2016 I conducted seven very different hiking trips in the eastern part of the Alps; two in Italy and five in neighboring Slovenia – a small Central European country with great possibilities for hiking and mountaineering. Hiking in the Alps is quite different than hiking in Iceland; in the following I will describe some… Read More »

June - Cima del Cacciatore Trail

How to pack a backpack?

While it might be easy as cake to pack a backpack for a short hike where you carry only water and a snack, it becomes more of an art when you need to pack additional clothing, extra gear (climbing harness, helmet, via ferrata set etc.) or even sleeping equipment if you plan to spend one… Read More »

How to pack a backpack