Author: Charles

Dynamic Stretching Sample

Would you like a sneak peak at the dynamic stretching sequence as specified in one of the most popular hiking and outdoor fitness books published on Amazon today? Here’s a brief look at this exercise from the foundation of the Hikercize Program. When we first created the program and set it out for our beta testers, there was a bit of confusion. Some people liked yoga or tai chi. Some people liked static stretching. I felt like dynamic stretching might be a better alternative for hiking fitness. It’s something you could do in about 10 minutes at the trailhead. You could even do it again on the summit before you return to the parking lot.

Can you imagine your dynamic stretching selfies?

Snowshoeing in a Snowstorm

Snowshoeing in a Snowstorm

Planned on a trail run up American Fork Canyon [Jan 21] but overnight there were about 8″ of new snow in the valley and up to 3′ in the mountains. The surface was really loose and I sank in up to mid-shin so I switched to snowshoes and heavier boots.

I ended up going quite a bit slower than anticipated, but since I had two hours free I just went uphill about an hour and then turned around. I split the time evenly because I couldn’t really plan on going any faster downhill. It seems that with regular sized snowshoes (I was using a pair of backpacking snowshoes, so they are bigger for extra flotation with a heavy pack) a fit person can go uphill about as fast as downhill.

If you have never been on snowshoes before it takes only a few minutes to figure things out and it’s all good fun.

I got in about 2.5 miles with a few hundred feet of elevation gain, and felt really blessed to have gotten to see so much pretty scenery.

On the way home I helped dig out some boy scout groups that had slid off the road, and even used my SUV to pull a mini-van out of the ditch. Right place at the right time.


Hiking to Silver Lake with the Boy Scouts

Hiking to Silver Lake with the Boy Scouts

One of my favorite opportunities to provide service to my community is to work with my local Boy Scout Troop. I’m always happy to go out on hikes, backpacking and camping?with them. My 15 year old son is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. My 12 year old is working his way up through the ranks. I have lots of opportunities to serve.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go up with 9 boys and 2 other adults to Silver Lake. It’s 2.2 miles and 1300′ above Silver Lake Reservoir. We camped for the night near the shore of the lake. Fish were hitting the surface but none were caught. It was a beautiful night and I slept quite well after my very long day. I’ll tell you more about that in another article.

The next morning we got up and had a leisurely breakfast. We broke down camp, stowed our backpacks, then took off for the upper lake. It was a steep and rocky trail most of the way about .9 miles and 900′ of elevation gain. The last quarter mile was on snow and the lake was frozen over. The boys played on the ice for a while then we returned to camp. We had lunch at the lake and descended the 2 miles back to the trailhead and cars.

Everyone had a really great time and I highly recommend working with youth as an amazingly satisfying opportunity to give back to the community and help develop future outdoor recreation participants. Let me know in a comment below if you are ready to help your community.

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Quick stormy hike to Silver Lake

Quick stormy hike to Silver Lake

Next week our local Boy Scout group is heading up to Silver Lake, and there is still quite a bit of snow that high so I thought I would run up quick the weekend before to check it out myself. I’ll most likely be going with on the back packing overnight so it’s also good to check out what the trail might look like if we get to running a little bit late and hike in the dusk.

It was overall a really good hike lots of fun 12 and a half mile round trip from where I parked down at Tibble Fork Reservoir. There was one sketchy creek crossing where the snow melt run off was really deep and cold. At the lake itself the far edge has snow coming all the way down to the water (see pic below) but there were plenty of places to camp.

On the way down there was thunder and lightning on the surrounding hills and it started pouring rain by the buckets. I had a rain jacket with me but it was warm enough I chose to just wait till I got to the car.

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Where You Can Buy Your Hiking Gear and Supplies From

Where You Can Buy Your Hiking Gear and Supplies From

The Whittaker Mountaineering Store in Ashford Washington, one of my favorites
The Whittaker Mountaineering Store in Ashford Washington, one of my favorites

Are you interested in going on a hiking trip? Whether you want your hiking trip to last one day or last as long as one week, you will need to bring along multiple pieces of hiking gear and other hiking supplies. If this is your first time buying gear and other supplies to take with you on a hiking trip, you may be unsure as to where you can make your purchase or purchases from.

Hiking gear is a phrase that is regularly used to describe pieces of equipment or items that are important to hiking. Hiking gear is regularly known to make hiking easier and safer. If you are in need of hiking gear, like hiking boots or a hiking stick, you may want to think about visiting one of your local sports stores. Sports stores are one of the best places to buy hiking gear from. Depending on the size of your local sports store, your local sports store may have a whole hiking department, which will likely be filled with multiple pieces of hiking gear.

In addition to visiting one of your local sports store, you should also be able to purchase hiking gear from one of your local department stores. Department stores are nice as they often carry a large selection of products. If you are looking to not only buy hiking gear, but other hiking supplies, like extra clothing or snacks for your trip, you may want to visit one of your local department stores. Department stores are not only known for their convenience, but they are also known for their affordable prices.

In addition to traditional department stores and sports stores, you may also want to examine online department stores and online sports stores. These online retailers often have a large selection of hiking gear for you to buy. In fact, the selection that you will find online will likely be larger than the selection in your local stores. Online shopping is nice, as it is convenient. For example, with online shopping, you can shop for hiking gear at three in the morning, while in your pajamas.

You may also be able to find a large selection of hiking gear, as well as other hiking supplies, like clothes, at specialty hiking stores. While some of these stores do exist locally, it is often a lot easier to find a specialty hiking stores online. Specialty hiking stores are a great way to find and buy hiking gear, as specialty hiking stores focus solely on hiking. Many specialty hiking stores also handpick their merchandise, ensuring that it is really top of the line.

Although most hikers prefer to have brand new hiking gear, you may also want to take the time to examine pre-owned hiking gear. Pre-owned hiking gear is great if this is your first time going hiking and if you are unsure as to whether or not it is something that you would like to do again. Pre-owned hiking gear is also ideal if you are looking to plan a hiking adventure while on a budget. If you would like to buy pre-owned hiking gear or at least examine some of the gear available for sale, you may want to check out online auction websites, thrift stores, and yard sales. Pre-owned hiking gear can sometimes be difficult to come across, but, when you do come across it, you will likely be more than pleased with the money that you can save.

Before you start buying your hiking gear, you may want to make a hiking gear checklist for yourself. A hiking gear checklist will help to ensure that you bring everything with you on your next hiking trip. When making your hiking gear checklist, you may want to walk yourself through your hiking trip and see what you will need. For instance, when you see yourself eating, what would you like to eat and so forth.

As outlined above, you have a number of different options, when it comes to buying hiking gear. As a reminder, for the largest selection of hiking gear, you may want to think about shopping online.

Why You Should Plan Your Next Hiking Adventure in Advance

Why You Should Plan Your Next Hiking Adventure in Advance

Cooking in the hut, Illiniza Norte in Ecuador
Cooking in the hut, Illiniza Norte in Ecuador

Are you interested in taking a hiking adventure? Whether you want your next hiking adventure to only last a few hours or last as long as a few days, you may want to start thinking about planning your next hiking adventure in advance.

Although it is nice to hear that you should plan your next hiking adventure in advance, you may be interested in wondering why that is so. As it was previously mentioned, a large number of individuals turn a traditional hiking adventure into a full-fledged vacation. If you would like to camp overnight at the hiking park in question, it is important that you make your reservations in advance. During the summer months, you will find that camping and hiking are popular activities; therefore, many hiking parks quickly fill up with camping reservations.

As for the actual hiking part, planning your next hiking adventure in advance will give you the time to research and choose from a number of different hiking trails. Unfortunately, a large number of hikers, especially first time hikers, make the mistake of going with the first hiking trail or hiking park that they come across. While this is more than possible to do, do you know that you likely have a number of different options? No matter where you live, you likely have a number of hiking parks or hiking trails to choose from, often within a reasonable distance away from your home.

Once you have selected a hiking trail to hike or a hiking park to visit, you will want to take the time to familiarize yourself with the park or trail in question. This is nice because you can learn more about the territory that you will be hiking. In addition to examining the difficulty level or estimating the amount of time that you would spend hiking, you may also want to think about familiarizing yourself with the security of the park or trial in question. This information is always nice to know, especially in the event of an emergency

Another one of the many reasons why you should think about planning your hiking vacation in advance is because it will be easier to prepare for your trip. When you go hiking, whether you only go for a day or a whole week, you need to bring numerous pieces of hiking gear with you. For instance, to stay safe on a hiking adventure, you will want to make sure that you wear hiking boots, as well as other hiking appropriate clothing. Making your hiking adventure plans in advance will give you the opportunity to create a hiking gear and supplies checklist for yourself. A checklist will help to ensure that you bring everything that you need to bring with you, as well as everything that you want to bring.

In addition, the earlier that you plan your hiking adventure the more time you will have to prepare an itinerary for yourself. For instance, are you planning on camping onsite or would you like to travel to a nearby hotel or resort? An itinerary not only serves as a guide for you, but it is also something that can help to keep you safe. What you will want to do is give a copy of your itinerary to some of your friends and family members. In the event that something goes wrong on your next hiking adventure, your friends and family members may know where to find you.

Unless your decision to go on a hiking adventure is a last minute one, you will want to try and plan your trip in advance. Those who take the time to fully plan for and prepare for their hiking adventures are more likely to enjoy themselves.

What to Consider Before Planning a Hiking Adventure

What to Consider Before Planning a Hiking Adventure

Light reading on the plane - the training manual for glacier mountaineering
Light reading on the plane – the training manual for glacier mountaineering

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to spend a day off that you have or even a whole weekend that you may have free? If you are, have you ever thought about going on a hiking adventure? If you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that the thought has at least crossed your mind before. Hiking is not only fun and exciting, but, for many, it is also a great way to relax.

If you are interested in going on a hiking adventure, you may want to get started with the planning right away. While it is more than possible to do so, there are a number of important factors that you may first want to take into consideration. These factors, which are outlined below, may help make planning your next hiking adventure easier and they may also make your adventure, when it comes, much more memorable.

One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, before planning a hiking adventure, is your health. Although hiking can be a fun and exciting activity to participate in, it can also be strenuous. If you are planning on going hiking, it is advised that you go hiking on a trail that is designed for beginners, unless you receive clearance from your physician. Most individuals are able to go hiking without experiencing any health problems, but you don?t really want to take that chance; do you?

Something else that you may want to take into consideration, when planning a hiking adventure for yourself is the length of your hike. How long would you like to go hiking for? While a large number of individuals choose to go hiking just for a day, there are many more who take extended hiking trips. What is nice is that many hiking trials and hiking parks in the United States have onsite campgrounds. This means that you could turn your hiking adventure into a camping one as well, if you wanted to do so.

Location is another factor that you may want to take into consideration, when looking to plan a hiking adventure. In the United States, you will find that a large number of cities and towns, both large and small in size, have numerous hiking trails to choose from. Before you start planning your next hiking adventure, you may want to examine where you would like to hike. If you are interested in hiking at a park that is located a ways away from your home, you may need to make additional travel arrangements.

Cost is another factor that you may want to take into consideration, when looking to plan your next hiking adventure. In the United States, you will find that you will be charged a small admission fee to go hiking. While this admission fee is almost always reasonable, it is important to determine whether or not you can afford the cost of it. The length of your hiking adventure and if you plan on camping onsite may play an important role in the cost of your next hiking adventure.

The above mentioned points are ones that you will want to think about, when planning your next hiking adventure. By taking the above mentioned points into consideration you will not only have a good time, but you will make sure that you stay healthy and safe as well.

Hiking Clubs: Should You Join One?

Hiking Clubs: Should You Join One?

Near the summit of Illiniza Norte in Ecuador
Near the summit of Illiniza Norte in Ecuador

Have you ever heard of a hiking club before? While hiking clubs do have different meanings, a hiking club is often used to describe a group of individuals who regularly enjoy hiking, often together in groups. If you are an avid hiker or if you just enjoy going hiking, you may want to think about joining a hiking club.

As it was previously mentioned, hiking clubs are often used to describe groups of individuals who have a love for hiking. The majority of the time, you will find that hiking club members hike together. This is ideal for a number of different reasons. For one, hiking with someone that loves hiking just as much as you do can be fun and exciting. It is also important to mention safety. When you hike with multiple individuals, especially experienced hikers, you are less likely to have an accident or find yourself in a dangerous situation.

In addition to going on traditional hikes with each other, there are many hiking club members who travel to hiking trails or hiking parks that are not considered local. Many times, these types of trips require camping or staying at a hotel. One of the many reasons why these types of long distance hiking trips are done by hiking clubs is because the group members can split the cost of doing so. What does this mean for you? It means that if you would like to take long distance hiking adventures, but you don?t have any friends or family members who would like to go with you, you may want to think about joining a hiking club.

When examining all of the benefits of joining a hiking club, it is important to remember that not all hiking clubs are the same. There are some hiking clubs where members only meet up for hiking adventures, but then there are hiking clubs that do much more. For instance, there are hiking clubs that have monthly or even weekly meetings. These meetings are often used to plan hiking trips, discuss the latest in hiking gear trends, and so forth. There are also hiking clubs that use fundraisers, like car washes or chicken barbeques, to pay for their hiking adventures. In all honesty, you will find that the benefits you are presented with will all depend on the hiking club that you choose to join.

Speaking of choosing a hiking club, when it comes to choosing a hiking club, there are a number of important factors that you should take into consideration. For example, you will find that many hiking clubs charge their members small monthly or yearly fees. You will want to find a hiking club that is easy to afford. You may also want to take your schedule into consideration as well. Do you have time to attend all monthly or even the weekly meetings? If your hiking club has scheduled meetings, you will want to attend them, not just attend the scheduled hiking adventures. This will help you grow comfortable with those that you will hike with and visa versa.

If you would like to join a hiking club, you may want to first try and see if there are any local hiking clubs in your area. Depending on where you live or if there is a hiking trail or a hiking park nearby, there is a good chance that you may have a local hiking club or even a number of them to choose from. You can usually find information on local hiking clubs by using the internet or by asking those that you know for recommendations. If you are still coming up empty handed, you may want to think about asking the staff at a local hiking park if they know of any local hiking clubs.

As you can see, hiking clubs are fun ways to share your love for hiking with others who feel the same way about it as you do. Although there is a good chance that you will be able to find a hiking club to join, you can also always start your own, if you wish to do so.

Hiking and Camping: The Perfect Combination

Hiking and Camping: The Perfect Combination

Camping halfway up Mount Rainier in Washington State
Camping halfway up Mount Rainier in Washington State

Are you interested in taking a trip? Whether you want to your trip to be alone, with your friends, with your family, or even just with your romantic partner, you will need to find a place to visit, as well as activities to participate in. If you have yet to decide what you would like to do for your next trip, have you ever though about going camping and hiking? When alone, camping and hiking are both fun filled activities, but when combined, they are, literally, the perfect combination.

Although it is nice to know that hiking and camping are the perfect combination, you may be wondering exactly why that is. If you are, you will find that there are an unlimited number of reasons as to why hiking and camping are the perfect fit for each other and the perfect way to spend your next vacation. For reasons as to why you should give camping and hiking a try, you will want to continue reading on.

As previously stated, camping and hiking are things that just seem to fit together. This is apparent in a number of different ways. For instance, hiking trails are commonly found in areas or establishments that are referred to as hiking parks. Hiking parks, especially large popular ones, often have their own onsite campgrounds. You will also find that most public campground parks have at least one or two hiking trials on them. The fact that hiking and camping experts automatically pair hiking and camping together is a sign that camping and hiking really are the perfect combination.

Another reason why camping and hiking may be perfect for your next trip or vacation is because they are both designed for individuals of all ages. This is important, especially if you are looking for something to do with your family. Children of all ages, as well as adults, enjoy both camping and hiking. In fact, in the United States, you will find that hiking trials come in a number of different difficulty levels. For instance, it is more than possible to find hiking trails that are designed for beginners. These types of hiking trials would be ideal, in most cases, for young children or elderly individuals.

The cost of hiking and camping are another one of the many reasons why they make the perfect combination, as well as why they may be perfect for your next trip, vacation, or adventure. Hiking and camping are both affordable activities for you to participate in. In fact, if you decide to make a reservation at a public campground park, you will likely find that you are able to go hiking, on an onsite trail, free of charge. The same may even be said for if you visited a hiking park and decided to stay overnight. While many activities may end up being free for you, you will see that it all depends on the establishment in question.

If you are interested in combining hiking and camping to make the perfect adventure for you, your family, your friends, or you and your romantic partner, you may want to think about making your arrangements in advance. Hiking and camping are both popular activities in the United States. While you may not necessarily need to make reservations to go hiking, you may need to make them if you plan on camping overnight at a hiking park or in a public campground. In fact, the earlier that you make your reservations, the more choices you may have, as many establishments allow you to handpick your own camping spots.

As you can see, there are a number of different reasons as to why hiking and camping make the perfect combination, as well as why they would be great for your next vacation, trip, or adventure. Hiking and camping is something that you may at least want to think about discussing with your traveling party. Once it is mentioned, you may be surprised with just how many people would like to give this perfect combination a try.