Advice

Q&A: Should you wear GORE-TEX boots for hiking?

Between us, James and I have owned and worn a lot of different hiking footwear over the years. Classic leather boots. Chunky, rigid, water-proof boots issued by the army. Light-weight trail shoes. And of course modern, high-tech, waterproof boots. I recently bought a new pair for some winter hiking in the UK, and ended up pondering a question that I …

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What Is Rucking?: Awesome Cardio for Running Haters

Here’s a revelation: one of the two authors of TrekSumo hates running. He sees it as the very embodiment of Hell, but he pounds the pavements and trails because running is one of the best ways to prepare for long days hiking over hill and vale. But there is another way to create a powerful pair of heart and lungs …

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What Makes A Down Jacket Warm? Complete Guide

Laike Baikal, Russia – you’ll need a high quality down jacket if you’re going to trek this location. Note: This is part of our what is a down jacket series of articles. Now let’s get into this – the easy answer is: eider (the soft down feathers that insulate bird’s bodies). But that’s too simple of an answer. What makes …

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Hot Weather Hiking Tips

The Sahara Desert – the ultimate hot weather destination for hikers. You unzip the door of your tent and the heat rolls in – it’s a scorching day outside. Your lips crack at the more thought of hiking into what will become a midday inferno. Even the parched plants look back at you with pity. But suffering for no good …

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Rules for Hiking: Including Recycling Your Pee!

Follow the rules. Keep the green places green, not yellow We are hikers, we were born to explore, we travel places many others aren’t interested or inclined to go to. We love the outdoors and a sense of adventure that brings being in green and wild places. And with that sense of wonder comes a need to protect and preserve …

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Hauling Tyres: An Unusual Way To Get Ski Fit

Hauling tyres; it’s the madman sane form of training. Using tyres as part of a training program has been a staple of polar explorers training regimes for as long as I can remember. Hauling tyres is hard work. And the perfect training technique for explorers. But where did this idea stem from? Has this exercise always been the preserve of …

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Hiking Training in the Gym (Using Nearly Only Weights)

Hiking training in the gym: it’s an unusual concept considering the best place to train for a hike, or trek, is outdoors. But wait! There’s more to this than meets the eye. I took some advice from Irene, my physiotherapist, and have now adopted a weight training program that not only mimics the way my body moves when hiking, but …

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How Many Calories Burned Walking Or Hiking: A Useful Guide

How Many Calories Does Walking Burn? The figures vary and whilst an hour of walking is nowhere near as effective as running, you can definitely burn off fat by walking. There are various factors that affect the number of calories your body will consume, but the most important of these include how many steps you walk in an hour, the …

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Hillwalking Fitness Tips for the Beginner

Pen Y Fan, Wales. A pretty tough climb, even if you’re already hill fit. I’ve been using this hillwalking fitness tips for beginners guide for a number of years now. The core components have been borrowed from my military training. Some of the more intense training recommendations are based on a very hard course during which I spent many months …

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Intro to Winter Skills in the Cairngorms

I had a good chunk of time off work over the last few weeks and, rather than tending the garden, I decided to spend at least some of it getting outdoors. One of the issues I quickly encountered is that many of the places I might have liked to hike were likely to be covered in snow in late Feb …

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