Cold Hiking: Traction

There are a wide variety of devices that one can attach to their footwear to improve traction when hiking in the winter or at higher elevation. Unfortunately, there seems to be a significant amount of confusion regarding terminology – you never know quite what you’ll see when you tell someone “be sure to bring traction!” […]

Knowing Knots, or Not

When a day hiker transitions to backpacking, there are a few areas that are commonly neglected. Before embarking on an initial overnight trip, most hikers know to try firing up their stove and test the comfort of new footwear or a fully loaded pack – these things are obvious. There are a couple of other aspects […]