The Difference Between A Four-Season Tent And A Three-Season Tent

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What’s the difference anyway? First, the nomenclature itself is a little misleading. So let’s start with the basics, and work our way up. The chief differences between four-season tents and three-season tents are wind resistance and the ability to withstand heavy snow fall. Consequently, winter tents typically come with an extra rigid exoskeleton and have steeply angled sides. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FOUR-SEASON TENT AND A THREE-SEASON TENT? By far the most popular choice, 3-season tents are lightweight shelters designed for the relatively temperate conditions of spring, summer and fall. Properly pitched with a taut rainfly, 3-season tents can withstand downpours and light snow but are not the best choice for sustained exposure to harsh storms, violent winds or heavy snow. A 3 season tent is generally referred to as a tent designed…
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Hiking Ambition Wellness Scholarship

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Hiking Ambition Wellness Scholarship At Hiking Ambition our goal is to make hiking and any outdoor adventure easier and more accessible for everyone interested in learning and exploring the wilderness. We have created the Hiking Ambition Wellness Scholarship for high school, undergraduate or postgraduate students who are committed to a lifetime of healthy habits to receive a $1,000 award. This scholarship will be available twice a year (more details below). Eligibility Students who are currently enrolled in a high school, college, university, or trade school are encouraged to submit their application. Passion for a healthy lifestyle or hiking is a must. General Terms of Participation To participate in this scholarship, you will have to create a piece of content between 500 – 1,000 words promoting a practical approach to a healthy lifestyle during high school, college…
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How To Choose The Best Hike For Your Dog

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Hiking with your loyal canine friend will make the trail even more enjoyable. Before you head out the door to the trailhead however consider a few factors that will make your mountainous wanderings more enjoyable for him/her. DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS There is more to choosing a dog-friendly hike than simply identifying whether or not dogs are allowed on the trail. Just because dogs are allowed doesn’t mean the trail itself is dog-friendly. If possible it’s best to scope out the trail yourself before taking your dog along and keep your eyes open for the following: Shady Trails – Dogs enjoy shady trails! Paths with too much sunshine often also have hot rocks scattered along the trail which can hurt dogs’ sensitive paws. Soft Terrain – Your dog will benefit from packed or unpacked earth as well as…
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12 Things to Pack When Hiking With Your Dog

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Man’s best friend can’t help but make your hiking experience fun and enjoyable! Make the trail more enjoyable for him/her by taking the following items on your next day hike or backpacking trip. #1: COMMON “DOG SENSE” Before you hike ask yourself if your dog is of an appropriate age and fitness level to be hiking in the first place. Nursing pups and older dogs with aching joints will be happier at home. Make sure that your dog is regularly exercised (at least daily) before embarking on long hikes! #2: WATER PURIFICATION PRODUCTS Dogs, like humans, are susceptible to giardia and other parasites often found in unpurified water. Getting sick from waterborne parasites or bacteria is no fun and can make your beloved pet severely ill. Make sure to pack your favorite water…
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Should You Take Your Dog On A Day Hike?

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There’s no one better to accompany you on a hike than man’s best friend! Playful and often natural outdoor lovers, dogs are always ready and willing to go on an adventure and have a great attitude while doing it! Hiking isn’t made for all dogs however, and there are a few items you’ll want to check off your list before taking your dog along on your next day hike. #1: AGE Dogs are a lot like humans in that they need time to develop and learn before doing the things they’ll be doing when they are adults. Nursing puppies should not be taken on hikes as they need to be close to their mothers and nursed often. The process of nursing is a developmental rite for puppies as it is for…
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What Should Be Packed For A Single-Day Hike?

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Hiking provides healthful exercise, a way to soak in the beauty of nature, and an entertaining single-day activity. WHAT IS A SINGLE-DAY HIKE? A single-day hike can last anywhere from 4 hours to 14 hours. It’s not difficult to define a single-day hike but when you’re out enjoying Mother Nature she can throw some surprises in your path. If you plan on a single-day hike sometime in the near future here’s a quick checklist of items that you’ll want to pack for a day on the trails. HOW TO GET READY FOR A SINGLE-DAY HIKE Water and Liquids With Electrolytes Protection from the Elements Navigation Tools Snacks for Energy Illumination Curiosity, Openness, Cheer First-Aid Kit Footwear Shelter WATER AND LIQUIDS WITH ELECTROLYTES Hydration, of course, will be one of your foremost concerns…
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How to Break in Hiking Boots

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What does it mean to “break in hiking boots” and why it is so important? By putting it simply, wearing boots casually and breaking in the leather before heading out is referred to as “breaking in hiking boots.” In order to achieve your best fit, it is very important that you break in your hiking boots before a hike, which is also the case with any other piece of footwear. There are just three simple steps to break in your hiking boots: HOW TO BREAK IN YOUR HIKING BOOTS First get boots that properly fit you. Wear the newly bought boots around your home for a few days. Now, you are ready to take this boots out on you hiking trips. THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING HIKING BOOTS You must first evaluate how…
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Top 10 Things Beginner Hikers Forget!

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The mountains! The back country! They are glorious….aren’t they? Perhaps you’ve heard of the fun, the inspiration, and even “the high” associated with hiking and now you’re planning on hitting the trails. Congratulations! Hiking truly does combine enjoyable physical activity, views that are often breathtaking, and that unique sense of inspiration that only nature can provide. It’s great you’re off to the hike! Just remember that like most new hobbies there are a few things of which beginners should take note. 10 THINGS BEGINNER HIKERS FORGET Check the Weather First-Aid Kit Water Wearing Synthetic Materials “Breaking in” Footwear Right Attitude Designated Trail Maps Traveling in a Group High Quality Sleeping Bags and Outdoor Gear Staying in Good Physical Shape WHO IS CONSIDERED A BEGINNER HIKER? If you have been on less…
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How Much Water Should You Carry When You Go Hiking?

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Water can really weigh you down if you carry too much of it when you don’t need to. I used to do this all of the time, first as a day hiker and then later as a backpacker. The main ways to carry and transport water are water bladders (Camelbak, Platypus) or water bottles (Nalgene, reuse bottle). There are hikers that swear by bladders, and others by water bottles. Some bring both. In the end, it’s all personal preference through experience. As a day hiker, I used to carry 3 or 4 liters of water for a long summer hike, even though I was surrounded by water sources in the mountains where I hiked. I hadn’t learned to use a water filter yet, and would often turn back when my water started to run out rather than…
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