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Hiking: Will It Build Your Leg Muscles?

Really Good Hiking

Many people will ask themselves, will hiking build leg muscle? This blog post will answer this question. Hiking does condition your lower body and will strengthen your legs, but let’s make sure hiking can do everything you are looking to accomplish.

First of all, hiking is a great form of cardio exercise. Cardio is a vital part of any workout routine to lose weight. Cardio will burn calories and will help you get fit, even if the cardio exercise is low impact such as hiking. How many calories will hiking burn? 30 minutes of hiking on average burns about 300-400 calories for a 150 pound person (source).

Not only is hiking amazing cardio, it is great for building leg muscles. Hiking builds your muscles through endurance. This is great for maintaining muscle mass and increasing longevity!

However, hiking will not necessarily help you build a ton of mass in…

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The Ten Essentials — Signature Camping

The original 10 essentials is a list of items, developed in the 1930’s, for mountaineers to keep with them in case of emergency. Technology has changed quite a bit since then and the list might differ depending on weather, length of your hike and how far you are from civilization. 24 more words

The Ten Essentials — Signature Camping

What you need to know for hiking during spring mud season — WSYR

As spring gets underway in the Adirondacks, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is warning visitors of mud season. As snow starts to melt on the trails, mud and monorails can make for difficult hiking conditions.

What you need to know for hiking during spring mud season — WSYR

Travel Destination: Canyonlands National Park-The Needles

I’ve always wanted to go there! Thank you for posting!

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The next step in our Utah National Parks adventure last May was to visit The Needles, a section of Canyonlands. Canyonlands is divided into three parts by the Green and Colorado rivers. The most visited part, Islands in the Sky, we visited the following day. The Maze, a much more remote area, we did not visit. For me, The Needles was remote enough!

Unless you choose to camp, the most convenient area to stay is in Moab. There is plenty of lodging there and we chose a location near Arches, and not too far from Islands in the Sky.

The drive to The Needles was about one and a half hours. Once we left the main road, we had quite a drive into the park and cell services were limited or non-existent. This always makes me a bit nervous, but fortunately all went well. We saw an occasional vehicle along…

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Splügen – Hot Tip for Skiing and Hiking

Rolandomio Travel

The characteristic village of Splügen, with small palazzi and traditional „Walserhäuser“ is 1,457 meters above sea level, nestled in the Graubünden mountains, at the foot of the Splügen and San Bernardino passes. Splügen is on a connecting route in the Alps between northern Europe and Italy in the south. Both passes were already regularly used in Roman times. Trade goods were transported on pack animals and the village Splügen was an important trading center at that time. It experienced an economic climax with the completion of a commercial road („Kommerzialstrasse“) over the Splügen Pass in 1823, which, however ended abruptly with the commissioning of the Gotthard Railway in 1882. The most striking building in the village is the Hotel Bodenhaus, that was built in 1772. Over the centuries, the hotel has hosted many famous guests such as William Turner, Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Einstein and Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte. Today Splügen…

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HIking Season

Some tips for the upcoming hiking season

Louis N. Carreras, Woodcarver

I used to be an avid hiker and climber. People who do this sort of stuff as an activity all have their preferred methods of getting ready for the season. Techniques and equipment have improved much since my “salad days” in the dark ages. Here’s how it used to be:

Physical Prep-

One friend got ready for spring hiking season in the White Mountains by loading his backpack with stones and pebbles. Every year around early March, He’d start conditioning by loading progressively heavier loads in his pack. He was not a flabby person, and he didn’t seek to lose weight by doing this; he did it just to tone the muscles in his legs for climbing.
Another friend used jugs of water and drank the jugs as he hiked. He never worried about hydration and ended his hikes with less load than when he started. Yet another friend…

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More winter hiking inspiration

Trekking Tess

How is it that I can chose to download geocaches to my Garmin GPSMap62s and old smart phone when I should really be packing and dressing for snow hiking? I asked myself this as I was an hour late to get out the door. I can’t even go geocaching, and I know that. There’s too much snow on the ground. According to the site, not a single mountain cache has been found in the last two weeks. Yet, there I was demanding my devices do what I want and would not leave before.

Finally got on the road. Looking toward the mountains it looks like my snow plans are nothing more than a pie in the sky.

Been a week since the Cloudcroft area got a foot of snow. I did some thinking about the possible snow depths and temperatures and instead of taking the insulated overalls I went with…

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Explore the Forgotten Toccoa Forest Experiment Station in Mulkey Gap, Suches, GA

Really cool stuff!


I got into hunting around on old maps after spending some time at Pine Log WMA and noticed that in the area of Mulkey Gap up in Suches, GA there used to be an old experiment station. The station was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, probably by the guys living at the CCC camp over by Seacreek Falls. Period publications describe the station as “a 4,000-acre body of timber near Blairsville, known as the Toccoa Experimental Forest” with its stated purpose to investigate “improved methods of forest protection and timber management”.

Some of the first places I worked were research farms for various states in the southeast, and you’ll definitely get a working for the state vibe as you visit the ruins of this station – nothing here screams fancy, but when they built it they built it to last and they built it out of extra thick…

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Winter hiking day

Some motivation for us outdoors enthusiasts!


The real winter.

Hiking time. Seize those little moments of the day, even is they’re short, and do something go outside to: #hiking, #trekking, or for just a little #walk.

Enjoy #nature, be #sustainable, eat #healthyfood, drink water and be #mindfulness.

Be kind and have a great day.

And don’t forget, continuous learning, every day is a #learningday

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