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.

All Hiking Tips


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

How much water to take on a hiking trip?

Hiking is a strenuous activity which makes our body rapidly lose fluids and thus sufficient hydration during a hike (as well as before and after) is very important. Failing to provide your body with enough water results in decreased physical and mental performance and can in the most severe cases cause delirium, unconsciousness and death.… Read More »

How much water to take on a hiking trip?

Hydration Systems Vs Water Bottles

Since their introduction in the early 90’s, hydration systems (also referred to as hydration reservoirs and hydration bladders) have become increasingly popular among hikers, trekkers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts. This is mainly due to the fact that they, unlike water bottles, allow easy access to water and you have your hands free when drinking. The… Read More »

Hydration System

Comparison of Mid-Layer Materials

Mid-layers are an important part of a layered clothing system as they provide insulation and thus keep your warm in various conditions. The term “mid-layer” (also referred to as the insulation layer) is often confusing for those who are new to hiking as it can apply to various garments. Fleece jackets, woolen sweaters, down jackets… Read More »

Polartec Power Stretch

How to choose food for a hiking trip?

On a recreational hiking day trip, you can bring just about any kind and amount of food you wish – whether it is merely a light snack or a 4-course picnic – as you will probably have plenty of place in your backpack. But multi-day hiking trips require some nutritional planning and preparation, as it… Read More »

Chocolate bar vs. apple; first contains twice as much calories but is significantly smaller and lighter

Comparison of Base Layer Materials

A layered clothing system is widely adopted by hikers and mountaineers and the base layer is probably the most important part of it as it is in direct contact with the skin. You can wear mid- and outer layers of the highest quality, but if you are wearing a poorly-performing base layer, you won’t be… Read More »

Merino Wool Base Layer

How to Use Via Ferrata Equipment

Via ferratas (“iron trails”) are steep and exposed trails running up and along abrupt hills and mountain sides, where the risk of a fatal fall is minimized by having a steel cable run along the trail – to which you can attach yourself with a via ferrata set. In addition to that via ferrata trails… Read More »

How to Use Via Ferrata Equipment

Best 5 Hiking Trails in Iceland Reachable by Public Transport

Iceland is a beautiful country with many unique and interesting landscapes, which makes it a gem for hikers of all kinds whether they prefer the toughest hills or more recreational trails around the country. However, Iceland is expensive – even compared to the States or other Scandinavian countries and not least when it comes to… Read More »

Best 5 Trails in Iceland Reachable with Public Transport

Top 10 Things to Bring for Hiking in Iceland

In 2015 I executed 9 very different hiking trips in Iceland while staying there for 8 months. As soon as I arrived there in May I realized that I might be lacking some equipment such as for example crampons, ice axe and high-quality winter clothing. Being accustomed to hiking in the Alps I didn’t expect… Read More »

Top 10 Things to Bring for Hiking in Iceland