Planning and Packing

Planning a hiking trip properly means packing the right equipment as well as getting an overview of the terrain that awaits you. In the articles below we discuss planning and packing and provide answers to questions such as how to plan a hiking trip and how to pack a backpack. Planning a hiking trip meticulously can be time-consuming, but hopefully these articles will help you to tick all the boxes in a more efficient manner.

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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

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

Hiking in Summer: 5 Essential Tips

Hiking can be a pure pleasure but in the heat of summer you should take some precautions before hitting the trails. It is very likely that you will encounter high temperatures which will make your body rapidly loose fluids. Therefore, it is essential that you regularly hydrate during the hike and bring enough water with… Read More »

Hiking in Summer - Sun Protection

Six biggest hiking mistakes we’ve made (so far)

While we have written multiple articles with tips and advice for planning and executing your hikes in the most successful manner, we have also made (and learned from) numerous mistakes over the years – either done together or individually. It happens to all of us; you forget some gear, you want to save money by… Read More »

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Winter Hiking: 7 Essential Tips

While hiking is generally a simple activity, it becomes more difficult to hike in winter due to low temperatures and potentially hazardous conditions on the trails. Nevertheless, if you take some precautions, winter hiking in a blistering white landscape can be a great experience. In the following we’ll give you some tips on winter hiking… Read More »

Winter Hiking

Hiking for Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking

Hiking is a simple activity that is suitable for everybody. Therefore, hiking is a perfect way to stay fit and healthy. It also relieves stress and gives you a possibility to discover the beauty of nature at your own pace. Hiking is a relatively inexpensive activity and if you don’t live in a (big) city… Read More »

Hiking for Beginners

How to pack a backpack for hiking and backpacking?

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