Experiment: Does Polyester Really Dry Faster Than Merino Wool?

High quality hiking base layers are these days made either of polyester or Merino wool and online you will find a lot of information about these two materials, especially pros and cons. Polyester is labeled as quick-drying, durable, light and cheap while Merino wool is considered breathable, pleasant to the touch and extremely moisture-wicking. Many… Read More »

Polyester vs Merino Drying Time - Experiment

Vrtaca Wertatscha Trail – Hiking the Alps   Recently updated !

After climbing the 2164 meters high Batognica in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, we decided to continue our “Hiking the Alps” tour by ascending a peak called Vrtaca (Wertatscha in German). Vrtaca is a 2181 meters high peak in the Karawanks, on the border between Slovenia and Austria. The Karawanks mountain range… Read More »

Vrtaca Trail - The top

How to Train for Hiking and Backpacking – A Beginner’s Guide

Hiking and backpacking are often strenuous activities and thus require that you are in a good shape. However, many people underestimate how strenuous hiking and backpacking are and consequently venture out unprepared. Going on a trail that exceeds your physical capabilities is not only unpleasant but also dangerous. Every year many hikers are evacuated from… Read More »

How to Train for Hiking and Backpacking

Batognica Trail – Hiking the Alps   Recently updated !

Batognica is a 2164 meters high mountain in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. It lies just next to the 2244 meters high Krn which is much more popular. Batognica is, however, a very interesting mountain – also historically. In the First World War Batognica was occupied by both Austro-Hungarian troops and Italian troops which… Read More »

Batognica Trail - View from Batognica

How to Pack Lighter for Hiking and Backpacking?

To pack light for hiking and backpacking is a great advantage as you will be faster and less exhausted with a light backpack. In 2010 University of Wollongong in Australia executed an experiment in which they measured the effect of load mass (backpack’s weight) on the posture, heart rate and subjective responses of recreational female… Read More »

How to Pack Lighter for Hiking and Backpacking

How to Adjust to High Altitudes

Activities at high altitudes like mountaineering, climbing and mountain hiking are fun and exhilarating.  But as you go higher, the air’s content of oxygen decreases. However, your muscles need the same amount of oxygen whether you are at sea level or at 10.000 feet. Therefore, you will be slower at high altitudes, whether you are… Read More »

How to Adjust to High Altitudes

Mountain Hiking: The Essential Tips for Hiking in the Mountains

Mountain hiking is a great activity for people of all ages, but before hitting the mountain trails there are some things you should know. Unlike hiking on pruned paths at low altitudes, mountain hiking requires appropriate footwear, clothes and gear because the terrain in the mountains is rougher and the weather conditions harsher. Furthermore, it… Read More »

Mountain Hiking

How to fit a backpack: Shoulder straps, hipbelt and more

When it comes to hiking backpacks, fit is everything. Certainly, a hiking backpack should be lightweight, durable, have convenient pockets and compartments, but an ill-fitting or ill-fitted backpack will never be comfortable on trails. A well-fitting backpack makes the heavy load feel much lighter while a poorly fitting backpack is uncomfortable even when you are… Read More »

How to fit a backpack

Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF Hiking Shoes Review

Several months ago, I bought the Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF shoes and since then I’ve been regularly wearing them on my hiking trips and for everyday activities. The Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF shoes belong in the Task Force Tactical line of the Lowa shoes (hence the TF in the name), but they are… Read More »

Lowa Innox GTX