How to Use a Compass

How to Use a Compass

This short step-by-step guide makes the process straightforward and enjoyable.

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The 4 Kinds of Hiking for Introverts: Navigating Your Calm Space on the Trail

How introverts can navigate the social demands of hiking—with or without company.

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Hikes With No Views Have The Best Views

Always keep an eye on your feet.

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Where to Hike in New York in June

Updated monthly, this guide will inspire you to explore New York’s best hiking trails.

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Surprising Reasons to Walk After Every Meal

Here’s why you should make walking after meals a ritual.

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Harness the Power of Overnight Oats: Ultimate Breakfast for Hikers

Overnight oats breakfasts are nutrient-dense powerhouses that fuel your body for day ahead.

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Gall Wasps & Oak Trees: A Hiker’s Guide

Unpacking the mysteries of gall wasps and their unique, creepy-beautiful galls

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Walk Through Mud

Here are three great reasons to always walk directly down the middle of every trail, and especially through any mud puddles or water you find on the trail.

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Overconsumption in the Outdoors: How Brands Push Unnecessary Products

One constant upgrade push that really bugs me is the promotion of water bottles targeted at hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Overconsumption drives climate change.

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Tick Season Tactics for Hikers

Tick season sucks. When to worry, where to look, how to avoid, the best ways to prevent, and how to treat any tick bites you find.

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Advice for Solo Female Hikers: Persist

Women hikers often face pushback for heading into the wilderness alone. It’s time to call it what it is.

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Catskills Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions about The Catskills, according to Google.

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10 Ways to Be a Better Winter Hiker

Winter hiking can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it presents specific challenges. The following tips will help you become a safe and successful winter hiker.

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Best Hikes of 2022

These are the best hikes I did in 2022 — 17 amazing day-hikes sorted by level of difficulty.

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The 10 Essentials: What to Pack for Every Hike

The 10 Essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry.

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Quiz: Catskills Scenic Spots

How well do you know your Catskills scenery?

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