Know How to Choose the Right Pair of Trekking Shoes

Finding the right pair of trekking shoes is very important as it can help you move down the trail effortlessly. If you did not find the right kind of shoes, then it becomes very hard for you to glide down the trail. You should consider few important things before choosing the perfect trekking shoes, don’t go with its looks, flashy features, or numerical sizes , etc. the important thing to consider is your comfort, stability, durability, and water resistance. Recently when visiting St George I was able to get some great hiking in, and if I didn’t have the right shoes I would have been hating life.

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The upper:
It is the upper part of the shoe which is placed above the sole. The upper protects your feet from scratches, dirt and any kind of small injuries. The upper should give the comfort to your foot with where it should tie up to the sole snugly. The upper part of the trekking shoes is generally made up of leather or parts of leather are placed on synthetic material. And these trekking shoes are water resistance and it evaporates the moisture and keeps your feet warm and cozy.

Waterproofing:
You can also choose waterproof trekking shoes. The manufacturers use Gore Tex technology to make waterproof shoes. But during tropical trekking you cannot avoid your trekking shoes get wet though it’s a waterproofing. It is advisable not to use waterproofing shoes in tropical trekking; wet trek may fail you and there are more possibilities of facing problems with waterproofing. Of course trekking involves crossing streams or rivers, even that time waterproofing shoes does not really help you, and the problem with these shoes are they do not let the water in or out easily. The water stays in scree collar and makes it heavier and it becomes hard to move on trail. To have a pleasant tropical trekking, it is wisest thing to choose all-terrain footwear that allows water flow in and out freely.

The Perfect Fit:
When you are purchasing trekking shoes, you should buy the perfect fit to avoid blackened toenails, blisters, bone spurs, and sprained arches, etc. The right socks also matters for right fit. These hiking socks are available in different thickness that can actually alter boot fit.

Achille notch, Scree collar, and Counter:
When purchasing trekking shoes, you should also consider the inner counter and the Achilles notch. To avoid blister you should buy a shoe with low inner cut of the notch and counter and it should be sufficiently padded and it should be snag free. A pull strap on the notch must be included so that you can slide your foot easily.

Sole:
Your speed and balance totally depends on the sole of your shoes which connects to the ground. You can either choose the flexible sole for more comfortable feel or you can also choose shoes contains prioritize grip and gives you stability. The lugs underneath the sole decide the complexity of the traction and motion between the ground and the shoe. The lugs should not be too long or too short, if it is long then the sole may break quickly and if it is too short it worn out quickly. The shoe manufactures makes different designs of lugs in order to give the best traction in various angles. Some lugs are triangular shape, some are round and some are radial, and amorphous. The soles that are made of rubber or mud-specific can help you walk on muddy slopes but they get slippery on wet concrete. Vibram is considered as a quality rubber soles. Many manufactures prefers to use Vibram for trekking shoes, but countries like Columbia, which actually outsource Vibram to the world are developing their own Tech-Lite rubber. It is considered as cheaper and lighter and tougher than Vibram
You should also consider the welt part of the sole; the welt should not be weak, because it is the bond between the upper and sole. If the welt is poor then the shoe opens up while trekking of muddy trail. Many people learn their lesion in hard way. The best shoe is all depends on the sole of the shoe, if the sole stay fixed to the upper even after you trek in mud trails, it should stick to it and should provide comfortable feeling.

Small parts:
Laces, though it is the small part of your shoe, it definitely plays an important role. Therefore it is necessary to check the lace of your shoe before trekking. The lace should be long to get a knot properly. The aglets, the hard plastic ends of the shoes lace must not become brittle as it may break soon. Also aglets help you unlace and replace. Like said before, though it is small part it does play important role to keep your shoes tight to your feet.

Trekking shoes also come with reflectors, they are extra parts. Reflectors are the most important part as well, and they are highly recommended part for running shoes. During night time reflectors can help a lot, other can see you easily when you are trekking, or running. They usually placed on the toe cap or behind the counter.

Weight, Size, and Fit:
Trekking shoes used to be heavy in order to be tough. But advancement in technology has made trekking shoes come close to the make of running shoes. They’re lighter and more flexible now. The lighter the trekking shoes the less effort you need to make a step.

Earlier, trekking shoes used to be very tough and heavy. But now the new technology made trekking shoes more comfortable and lighter. The lighter the shoes are the lesser the effort will be while trekking.

When you are buying a trekking shoes buy little bigger size than your original size, because your feet gets enlarged while walking. There should not be any pressure points on your foot while walking otherwise after walking for some time you will get tired soon. This may sound silly, but it’s true, the best time to buy your trekking shoes is in the afternoon. Try to walk 10 minutes before buying shoes so that you can buy perfect pit.

Getting the right shoes is very important for a pleasurable trekking. Get arch support for perfect fit. The important thing to consider while buying trekking shoes is you should feel comfortable and it should help you glide the trial easily and effortlessly. All of these things will make backpacking and hiking in a place like St George a truly incredible experience.

Camping in Wet Weather

Camping in the rain is no fun but if you spend any amount outdoors wet weather is unavoidable. The good news is that there’s some quick and easy steps that can be taken to help you enjoy rather than endure a wet night on the canvass. The first step is to make sure that your gear doesn’t get wet during the day. Recently we spent some time backpacking throughout all of the southern Utah national parks.

An easy and affordable way to do this is to use a waterproof rot fat liner with a roll top closure. However; I keep my water bottle on the outside of the liner as a precaution against accidental spillage. An alternative to a liner is a rack set cover; this has the added benefit of helping to keep rack side pockets dry which are notoriously difficult to weather proof.

Rain ripples with landscape reflectionPhoto Credit: Tina Mammoser

Most of the tents that cause wood stocks have fly sheets and ground sheets with tape seams. Tape prevents droplets of water passing through the stitch holes. If the seams on your tent haven’t been sealed, apply some liquid sealant to them several days before setting out. Condensation can appear on the inside of a tent especially if you seal all the doors overnight.

To help minimize condensation; adjust the zips to allow through the flow of air. I put the fly sheets in a different bag so if it’s wet it won’t soak the inner; I might the whole tent in the top of the rock sat so I can get it out in the downpour and not soaking the rest of the rock sat content. Stowing the flysheets at the top of the rock sat also makes it easy to draw out if the sun makes an appearance at lunch time.

I usually get my sleeping bag out to dry at the same time, as it dry the baggage is much better in keeping me warm than a damp one. Well the weather is looking a bit threatening so I’m going to get the tent up before it rains. Practicing fetching your tent in a fair weather will make erecting it in bad conditions quick and easy.

The poles and pole sleeves in some tents are color coded which helps to get the tent top quickly and the way that thing goes up, either outer first, inner first or all as one also has a bearing on the time it takes to pitch. If you’re staying staying in one place for more than a night, take the time to occasionally adjust the guidelines to maintain the taught fly sheet. This will help to keep the inner dry.

If you have a larger family style tent, the port will be invaluable when it comes to taking off waterproof clothing and wellies before entering the sleeping area. If your tent doesn’t have enough room for your rat fact you can put it inside your rat fact liner to keep it dry. Back pack is going to increase the amount of wet weather living space of that disposal by creating a covered area using their trekking poles and a lightweight top. This covered area can be use as stove gear or cook.

Dual entrances increase your options when it comes to storing gear as well as entering and exiting the tent. if your tent has only one port make sure it’s pitched after the pervading wind to stop rain being blown inside when you open the door. Some tents is fitted with gear lofts for drying clothes and socks.

Before you can make up your own clothes line using thin climbing clothes. I think there’s something very special about camping in bad weather, with rain in the flysheet, safe in the knowledge that all that stands between you and a complete soaking are two ways for thin pieces of nylon.

It’s amazing to be this expose to the elements and yet so completely protected. Costwood stuff are experts in helping you to stay dry when camping. Pop in to one of the 40 + stores or go online to get advice and the right gear to suit your budget.

Trail Cooking Ideas

When you go backpacking out into the backcountry trails around you, it is essential that you have some good food to replenish the nutrients that you’ll expend walking, climbing, and exhausting yourself. I’ve been on trips where we got a little caught up and weren’t back when we planned. If we hadn’t  of had good food we would have been in a world of hurt. When we got back to our Coral Hills Best Western we weren’t even that hungry which was remarkable.

Backpacking in southern UtahPhoto Credit: Natalie Lucier

I want to give a quick idea, little feed, I got them on the people and it’s also easy to breakdown just for individual needs but it’s just going to be a quick cooking tip. I actually got part of the idea behind it from Backpacker magazine, so I’ll give them credit, it’s basically instant stuffing with a turkey kind because you can’t get turkey in a pouch. So we want white chicken and Craisins for cranberries, and I actually got the orange flavor. With that just get some water boiled.

I get part of the packet and pour it into a sushi bowl, we’re going to put the hot water in there, let it soak up then add our chicken and our Craisins that will give you a nice meal for a little Thanksgiving flair on the trail.

Alright so with approximately about a third of the bag … maybe half bag in here I just add in the water, I just kind of pour it in there, put the lid on off the pot and let it kind of steam up, left a little bit of water in the bottom here just to kind of warm up the chicken pieces and kind of re-hydrate some of the Craisins.

I just did this off of my stove, it’s just the residual heat in hot water and then obviously I still had enough for some nice coffee later, but it’s pretty good, especially when your famished on a backcountry trail.

So there it is, its all finish up and again it’s about a third to half the total amount that you can get of … that carry on that box. So you can either be fit, you know, in your packs and feed a large group and you got a nice little cup of coffee with some little orange Craisin chicken stuffing.

Backpacking Food – Breakfast Idea’s

One of the biggest and most asked questions about backpacking is what is the best food to bring? And it is in fact a good question, as weight is always a consideration in regards to backpacking, packing the correct food becomes imperative. I was recently on a trip where one of my companions packed a bunch of canned food! Never do that, ten miles into the trip we had to distribute out his packs weight among the others. Believe me when we got back to our hotel, Coral Hills Best Western we had some talking to of this guy.

So I’m going to show you our few ideas for breakfast while backpacking in addition to having the processed foods like pop tarts or the oatmeal, cookies that you can get.

Coral Hills backpacking oatmealPhoto Credit: S Diddy

The other classics are beagles and instant oatmeal, they’re always good for warm ones, I like these little freeze rag coffee packets, very easy to use, simple to make. And the other one that I want to show you today is something that I like to do for a hot breakfast in the morning and when oatmeal gets too boring for the day or whatever.

Because what you do is you take some minute rice, some instant rice and you put them in one of this heavy duty Ziploc bags and then with the rice, what you do is you just put in a spoonful of some brown sugar and then mixed in a couple of spoonfuls of powdered milk and the powdered milk you can buy it in the bulk section in your grocery store so you can hover much you want of it and then when you’re mixing that in here you can add, you know, have as much or little you want depending on the creaminess of the mixture and then you can add in some cinnamon just for taste, you can then have it much you want.

Now what you have is a good breakfast mixture of instant rice, powdered milk, brown sugar and cinnamon and then what you do is you boil up some water and you kind of fill it to the top so it’s kind of level at the top of rice here, seal it up, let it sit for 7 or 8 minutes and you have a nice hot breakfast.

So that’s it, that’s one of the techniques I use to pack a light and easy but energy fortified food for your backpacking excursions.

 

Camping Stoves and ATV’s

Summer is quickly approaching for some folks inside the northern part of the country, and what far better to kick off the season than planning an outdoor camping adventure! No matter if you like to travel hundreds of miles away to camp inside the mountains or you are content in camping in your own backyard, you should think about shopping around for camping stoves. These portable cooking aids come in a number of sizes, shapes and heating options which make it easy for you to uncover one that fits your precise needs though camping within the fantastic outdoors.

Moab Desert ATV'ingPhoto Credit:Yovany Alas

We are all about backpacking here on this site, but we still like to get on a Rhino here and there and go off terrorizing into the boonies. We recently spent some time doing a Rhino  ATV tour near Zion Canyon in So Utah. We had a wild ride and afterwards we did some backpacking where we learned more about what camping stoves to bring and which ones not to bring.

Although it can be a tradition for some to cook over an open fire pit of your personal crafting, it can be quite nice to bring along camping stoves for convenience and efficiency. Once you wake up in the morning you could not be up to constructing a camp fire just to cook a quick breakfast, and this handy stoves are an intelligent solution to this predicament. These portable wonders come in various sizes to choose from depending on what you are going to be cooking and how many people are going to camp with you. The general rule of thumb would be to buy a larger model when you have additional then two or 3 people today joining you. However, for those who might be venturing off on your personal of with 1 unique person, you may only need a modest stove. Lastly, if you’re planning on cooking big steaks and issues of this nature, small camping stoves will almost certainly not cut it.


Some of the bigger stoves work great when you’re riding a Rhino out in the back country  as they have a lot of storage space. Enough to handle the bigger stove requirements so that you can feed a larger amount of people, even the steaks we talked about earlier.

When you might have decided what size of stove you might be going to have to have, you will now need to pick from an array of diverse heating methods. Single burner alcohol stoves are probably probably the most easy as they burn on self contained fuel when lit. This might be a favorite for backpackers as they are commonly little and light. Gas cartridge stoves are along the identical line as the single burner alcohol stove, except the fuel tank contains liquefied gas that’s held under pressure. This model is extra convenient as they can create an really high heat output immediately. Gravity fed “spirit” stoves also have a tiny fuel tank, but it is located on the side and above the burner. This model demands you to light the stove to permit a bit of gas to pass through, then turn it off and finally the fuel is ignited to preheat. After a few minutes it really is turned on when once more, the fuel is vaporized and is then passed via jets. Other models incorporate solid fuel stoves, coiled burner stoves and primus stoves. Depending on your individual tastes and preferences, you might desire to buy one or two different models

7 Tips on Drying Your Clothes

Backpacking in Sequoia National ParkPhoto Credit: Mat Honan

There are few things that will slow you down and make you more miserable than having wet clothes the entire time while backpacking. They slow you down, make you cold and generally make backpacking much less fun. So if you’re one who hates that, keep reading so you can have some tips on how to get your clothes dry faster.

This is something I learned when I did a Zion National Park tour last summer. If you are hiking, you cannot avoid your clothes from getting wet, whether its from sweating or the rain. If your clothes get wet, you should let them dry as early as possible. If you know that there is a chance that it will rain on the day of your hike, or if you are the type of person who sweats profusely, you should bring thin clothes because these dry up quickly. It is important that you dry your clothes because dry clothes are much easier to pack in your bag. Here are some tips on how to dry your clothes faster and more efficiently.

You may hang your wet clothes on your backpack while hiking in the daytime to allow them to dry. Just make sure that you and your bag don’t get wet.

You may put wet clothes in your sleeping bag if your sleeping bag is made of foam and not waterproof to let the sleeping bag absorb some of the water in the clothes. However, you must not do this if your clothes are too wet or if there are many wet clothes since it will be uncomfortable for you to sleep on a wet sleeping bag. The sleeping bag must not absorb too much water to still ensure comfort.

You may place your clothes near the fire to allow them to dry. Just be careful that they don’t stand too close to the fire especially those clothes that have sensitive and loose fibers. Watch out for any sparks, this might mean burning in your clothes.

Clothes must be squeezed tightly before hanging them to dry. This will save you much time. Who would want to hurriedly get their clothes in a clothesline because of the rain? Only set-up a clothesline if you are certain that it will no longer rain.

If it does not stop from raining, then you can make a clothesline inside your tent or under a tree. Place your wet clothes in a plastic bag to avoid the dry ones from getting wet.

These are just a handful of tips, but probably the easiest is just buying the right clothes for hiking, clothes that dry quickly and wick moisture instead of capturing it (cotton). If you can be smart about it you can keep yourself happy and healthy out on the trail.

Backpacking America

What to bring  when your backpacking.

The essentials: Backpack, tent, sleeping bag, compass, whistle, map, waterproof container, bottle of water, water strainer, Swiss-army knife, twenty (20) meters of nylon, flashlight, extra battery. For cooking: Food, Cooking pot with handle and lid, gas stove, spoon, cup, match placed in a waterproof container, trash bag Clothes: Boots/shoes for walking, sandals or rubber shoes for running, two pairs of socks, shirt with long sleeves, jacket, pants (not denim), shorts, cap, bandanna, shades, gloves, and raincoat.

First-aid kit: Gauze, cotton, band-aid, antibiotic, and personal medicines. For emergency: Duct tape, trash bag, Ziploc, thread and needle, shoelace. For personal hygiene: Mirror, sunscreen, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush, insect repellent, tissue.

For documentation: notebook, camera, cellphone, pen