Vogel Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing the 2539 meters high Skuta peak in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, I decided to proceed my “Hiking the Alps” tour by ascending a relatively small, 1924 meters high mountain called Vogel in the southern Julian Alps. Vogel is very popular among hikers as the trail is not technically challenging. Nonetheless, Vogel offers a great… Read More »

Vogel Trail - Ascending the peak

The Best Hydration Bladders for Hiking

A hydration bladder comes in very handy on hiking trips of all durations as it provides easy access to water and you have your hands free when drinking. Therefore, a hydration bladder allows you to take small sips of water throughout the hike which is recommended during strenuous activities as it ensures that the water… Read More »

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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

Skuta Trail – Hiking the Alps

For the fifth hike of my “Hiking the Alps” tour I decided to climb the 2539 meters high Skuta which is a part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in northern Slovenia, close to the Austrian border. Skuta is the third highest peak of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps (after Grintovec and Jezerska Kocna) and thus offers a great… Read More »

Skuta Trail - View from the top

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?

Krn Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing Begunjscica, Jof di Miezegnot and Cima del Cacciatore in the eastern part of the Alps, I decided to proceed my “Hiking the Alps” tour by climbing the 2245 meters high Krn. Krn is a very popular peak among hikers and mountaineers from Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. It is a part of… Read More »

Krn Trail - While climbing you are surrounded by steep slopes

Best Lightweight Tarps for Hiking

A tarp is basically a sheet of waterproof fabric that can form a decent shelter when attached with guylines to trees, trekking poles, rocks or any other stabile things. Tarps are by far the lightest portable shelters; a high-quality tarp that can form a shelter for one to two persons can weigh as little as… Read More »

MSR Thru Hiker 70 Wing Tarp

Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top – First Hand Review

A tank top in a sophisticated material with a built-in bra is great for low to medium impact activities like hiking, climbing and mountaineering. It can be used on its own when hiking in warm weather or under insulating layers in colder conditions. I was keen to test the Asics Fit-Sana Contour tank top due… Read More »

-Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top - From the back

The Best Merino Wool Base Layers for 2017

A base layer is one of the most vital pieces of hiking clothing as it is in direct contact with the skin and therefore significantly influences your comfort level and performance. Base layer clothing is responsible for managing moisture, protecting the skin (UV rays, chafing etc.) and maintaining the body’s natural temperature by reducing thermal… Read More »

Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Crew Top Merino Base Layer

Cima del Cacciatore Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing Jof di Miezegnot from Valbruna village, I stayed the night in Tarvisio in order to climb the the 2074 meters high Cima del Cacciatore mountain with my girlfriend next day. I choose Cima del Cacciatore because the trail seemed less physically demanding than trails to other mountains of… Read More »

Cima del Cacciatore - The Summit is seen while traversing the ridge