four of the best hiking boot brands in 2021

Best Hiking Boots of 2022

If you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, this list of hiking boot brands and models will get you started with great recommendations.

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frozen trees on the summit of Wittenberg / winter hiking essentials

Winter Hiking Essentials

Winter hiking essentials — crucial gear and intel to hike safely this winter.

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Hiking Gear Deals

These are the best deals I’ve found this week…

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winter day hike checklist, catskills PDF

Winter Gear Checklist

Download this helpful PDF with explanatory notes and a handy winter day-hike gear checklist.

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Trail Terms: Winter Lingo

Once the cold weather sets in, you’ll start to see and hear these winter trail terms online in forums and social posts. Here’s what they all mean.

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Winter Hiking Gear: Microspikes

Microspikes have, effectively, opened up the world of winter hiking

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Hiking Safe 101

Yes, your planned hike is popular and even kids do it regularly — it still might kill you

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Hiking Sit Pads

When your legs need a rest, there’s no need to punish your butt

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Hiking & Camping Gear List

There’s so much to read and learn about hiking gear. Here’s a basic list of the things you’ll use most often on your day hikes and campouts.

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Snowshoe Basics

The number of snowshoe options is overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for, and where to get your first pair.

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Storage Bins for Hiking Gear

I sorted my growing jumble of hiking gear as a fun weekend project. With all my regular hike gear in a single box, I don’t have to worry I’m overlooking or forgetting anything. I spend less time preparing — which means more time doing.

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Winter Hiking Gear: hat, gloves, ice axe

Winter Hiking Gear: Survive & Thrive in the Cold

Winter hiking in the Catskills is spectacular. Make sure you have the best winter hiking gear and know how to use it.

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Winter Gear: Neck Gaiter / Buff

Sometimes small tweaks yield big benefits, and that’s exactly what wearing a neck gaiter does.

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Hiking Kit List

Basic Mountain Hiking Gear

While hiking gear can change from trail to trail, and from season to season, the following items will serve you well on every hike. They are a fleshing out of The Ten Essentials (the absolute bare minimum you should pack for every hike). This hiking gear list focuses on day-hiking.

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