With some basic knowledge and gear, mountain hiking is rarely dangerous. However, without adequate prep, things can turn ugly quickly.
Winter hiking essentials — crucial gear and intel to hike safely this winter.
This is a great 2-minute project. Shorten your reservoir hose and enjoy every future hike that little bit more.
From springtime on, heat indices can regularly blow past safe limits for our canine companions. Here’s how to keep your pooch cool and safe on the trail this season.
Plan, prepare and shoot the perfect sunrise or sunset photo. Here’s everything you need to know.
One of the most exciting things to discover on a winter hike is a set of bobcat or coyote tracks in the snow — but which is which?
These 35 tips for winter hiking will help keep you safe in the harshest conditions
I moved my hike from a windy Friday to a less windy (but much colder) Saturday. 80% of my online followers agreed with me. Here’s why.
Have you ever turned around on a hike for any reason? Hike safely. Always listen to your gut.
Watch as I plot a trailed route in the Catskills using GaiaGPS on my phone — after which, I plot a bushwhack route up Sleeping Lion and Halcott Mountain.
Yes, your planned hike is popular and even kids do it regularly — it still might kill you
For planning, prepping and execution, here are the 9 key differences between hiking the Catskills and Adirondacks high peaks.
I thought it’d be cute to quantify exactly how much more difficult the Adirondacks are over the Catskills. Do we need this information? No. Does this information feel important? Yes.
One of my favorite post-hike hacks is to have a clean pair of socks and shoes waiting for me back at the car. It’s so amazing. Here are ten fantastic ways to treat yourself after a big day.
These are the best hiking books I’ve found to date. Many were instrumental in getting me started, and giving me the confidence to hike the wilderness solo.
This three-tiered best bug spray system keeps me (mostly!) bite free in New York’s backcountry every season
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