How to Pee in the Woods, Wilderness Press

How to Pee in the Woods

Peeing in the woods. If you spend any time exploring in the outdoors, you'll end up having to do this sooner or later. And while it sounds self-explanatory, if you've ever tried to pee outside while it's windy, avoiding getting bitten by mosquitoes, or accidentally...

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How to Find a Leprechaun in the Woods

March 17th. St. Patrick's Day. If we're all being honest here, no one actually knows who St. Patrick is. But everyone knows who leprechauns are and what they look like. Since 2018 is the year you are living your best life, make this the year that you catch...

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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego, Don Endicott, Jerry Schad, San Diego wildflowers

Best Hikes to See Spring Wildflowers in San Diego

Sunshine. Water and waves. Blue skies and mild temperatures. San Diego is a perfect destination all year round for hikers. But come springtime, it's absolutely spectacular. Folks who visit San Diego want to pack up and move there forever, and residents pat themselves on the...

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Anza-Borrego Desert Region, driving in the desert

How to Drive in the Anza-Borrego Desert Region

At first glance, the Anza-Borrego Desert Region can seem like a barren stretch of land, boring in comparison to the oceanside trails of San Diego or the lung-searing hikes in the Sierra. But these 1 million acres are home to endless recreational activities in California's...

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Adventure dog, how to hike with your dog

How to Create an Outdoor Dog

You love to hike. You have a dog. It looks like she likes the outdoors, but she also likes to sleep. A lot. And eat. A lot. And did we mention sleep? So how do you know she will make a good adventure pup? What...

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Halloween candy on the trails

The Best Halloween Candy Ranked By Hikers

There is no better mid-hike snack in October than a big handful of Halloween candy (and November once the candy goes on sale). And you're burning bazillions of calories, so there should be no shame in your Halloween-candy-as-fuel game. But which Halloween candy can stand up...

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Shoulder Season

How to Maximize Shoulder Season

Welcome to the height of shoulder season, ladies and gentlemen. AKA "schizophrenic weather" season. If you live in the Rockies, bet your snow shovel has already been put to work. Here in Alabama? Still hotter than the sun and stickier than last year's Halloween lollipop. Shoulder...

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PCT lingo, PCT guidebook, Laura Randall

PCT Lingo: A Primer on Hiker Slang

"Zeros and Neros Welcome" A few years ago, before I started hiking the PCT, I would have guessed this sign was inviting losers and fiddlers to stop by. It's actually part of a whole new language you learn on the trail. Situated near Mile 127, this sign...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Laura Randall, PCT Class of 2017

“Fire and Ice”: the Challenges of the PCT in 2017

Weather curveballs, wildfire detours, and other challenges are nothing new for Pacific Crest Trail hikers. But this year brought an unprecedented amount of difficulties for thru-hikers tackling the legendary 2,650-mile route from Mexico to Canada. Record snowpack. Swollen rivers. Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest...

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