How to outfit yourself like a pro on your next hike
Whether you're new to hiking or a seasoned outdoor enthusiast, it's crucial to outfit yourself properly for the trails. Temperatures fluctuate depending on where you're exploring and what kind of hike you'll be taking on.
Whether it's a fall hike, or you're heading up into elevation, you'll need to accommodate for colder temperatures than what you might have grown accustomed to over the hotter months.
That's why we've curated a list of the pro gear you'll need, organized according to your level of expertise. If you want to partake in some autumn adventures, outfit yourself for success with these must-have items.
See the full article by Sarah Pitts on Chicago Tribune's website here.
May 5, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan