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    Are hiking boots necessary?

    Hiking boots are the traditional footwear for any hiker, with time they themselves have evolved and there are more alternatives then ever. Lets cover them. Doesn’t matter where you go shopping for hiking boots, be it on an online store or in a traditional hiking / outdoor store. The first thing that greets you when you walk into their footwear department is the long wall of different hiking shoes and boots. In this article I hope to shed some light on the different choices that await you. And how you can make the choice for your hiking footwear. Quick jump guide What kind of hiker are you? What trails will…

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    Hygiene and Personal care on the Camino

    Staying clean and healthy is not only better for you and your fellow pilgrims, but also has a big impact on how your Camino is going to go. In this article I will go over the different tips and tricks that I picked up on the Portuguese Coastal Camino to Finisterre and in many different hikes in the past. As I am a guy I may forget some girls needs, so I called in some help from an awesome German girl who did the same Camino as I did. More on the female perspective later, or jump to that part in the jump guide down below. Quick jump guide Showering…

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    8 Reasons to start long distance Hiking

    Hiking is a wonderful sport and activity that can teach you a lot about yourself. Everybody can do it and start in any location. Here are my eight reasons to start long distance hiking. All hikers have different reasons to start hiking, but it all boils down to a few key reasons. When walking a Camino to Santiago de Compostella you will be sometimes asked what your reason is for walking the way. In the beginning I didn’t really have a reason. But the more I got asked the question along the way the reasons became more clear to me. And I hope for you they will to. Peace and…

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    The History of Hiking

    Hiking is deeply intertwined in the history of humanity, from a way to get around to gather food. A way to march to battle, and finally for fun. Explore the History of hiking. Taking everything you need on your back and walking a long distance through pretty terrain. That is pretty much what hiking is for a lot of people. You can differentiate between a lot of different forms of hiking, from simple day hikes with family members or friends. Long distance thru hiking, and multi day backpacking trips. Encountering History while hiking As a history lover that is an avid watcher of history channels on YouTube and history book…

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    Different ways to carry water when Hiking

    Carrying and drinking water is an absolute necessity when hiking long distances. Without it and it not only uncomfortable but outright dangerous. In this article I’m going to cover the different ways of carrying water with you out on trail. Carrying water while out and about has been a cause of concern as old as history itself. Many different ways where thought of during the ages and many of them remain exactly the same in essence. Find a waterproof container and carry it with you. The waterproof container could be a gourd hollowed out, a bladder or skin. Or a metal canteen. Today we see the same water bladders made…

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    Hiking the ancient Roman borders

    The ancient Roman borders or Limes stretch far and wide. If you are a Roman History lover and Hiker you owe it to yourself to hike one of these trails! There are a lot of hiking trails with Historical significance, in every country there is a battlefield or historic site that can be explored on foot. For history lovers and long distance hikers this is a perfect match. As a Roman history buff and a hiker these trails have always had my interest and so far I have hiked two of them. Lets explore the different Roman Limes trails or hikes that you can do throughout Europe! Hadrian’s wall path…

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    How to break in Hiking boots

    Modern hiking boots do not need near as long as a break in period as the full leather boots of old. However they and your feet still need to be broken in before hiking. Lets go over the different ways to do that. These 4 steps you must take to insure your hiking boots are properly broken in. Just go out and hike as much as you can Wear the right socks Change out the insoles with the ones you are going to be hiking in Walk barefoot to toughen up your feet How long does it take to break in hiking boots? There is no magic way to break…

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    Top tips to try on hiking boots

    Choosing hiking boots or shoes is something a lot of hikers struggle with, in this article I cover the basics and things to look for when choosing hiking shoes. Hiking shoes have a long history and quite a bit has changed in the last few years and decades alone. No longer are hikers wearing thick and heavy hiking boots for light trail use in most cases. With the rise of readily available Ultra Light hiking gear hikers tend to drift more towards the lighter trail running shoes. But picking out hiking shoes or boots is still something very personal and depended on what kind of hiking you are going to…

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    Learning skills for hiking

    Hiking is not that complicated, step one pace forward and repeat. However, there is a lot comes around when hiking. Lets go over those skills for backpacking. When you are just starting out hiking I recommend to do just that, start hiking. Look around for hiking trails near you and toughen up your feet and get used to walking all day. Start out with as much as your comfortable with walking and branch out to hiking with full gear on. That is the base skill that you need to get down, getting used to walking with all your gear on your back. Topics covered in this article. Planner and statistic…

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    Setting up camp while hiking

    Hiking and camping go hand in hand, setting up a comfortable home away from home has a big part in making you feel comfortable out in the wilderness or even a campsite. In this article I take you through my steps for it. Order of business while setting up camp Pick the right spot Get out and sweep the spot and your surroundings Set your tent up Get your sleeping spot in order Relax and decompress Picking the right spot to set up camp for the night In order to pick the right spot for setting up your tent you need to take in account a couple of idea’s. First…