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Hiking, backpacking, and exploring natural parks are among the most popular hobbies in the United States in recent years. Today (as of March 2019), there are 61 national parks in the national park system. These amazing places in the great outdoors are perfect for an affordable vacation among beautiful natural landscapes, breathtaking sceneries, cultural and historical landmarks.

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People hike for many reasons - for enjoyment, for recreation, for relaxation, for a challenge, for change, to revitalize, to think, to connect with nature. Here are our ten reasons for you to put on a pair of hiking shoes and start your adventure now.

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National parks are among the most stunning, amazing and beautiful places in the USA that you must see. Today, almost 150 years after Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, there are 59 national parks with various natural landmarks, attractions, and features.

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Whether you go for an easy day hike where only having some basic knowledge and gear is required or a long backpacking trip where having an in-depth knowledge of mixing and matching clothing as well as a long list of packing items is recommended, comfortable and reliable footwear is a must.

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Adequate hiking outfit is a key to your overall readiness to face the various challenges that await you on the trail. Comfortable and reliable hiking clothing should provide protection against the cold (in the winter), heat and sun (in the desert and summer), wind, and precipitation.

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Hiking requires a set of skills and can be very demanding even during the day when there’s enough natural light; hence night hiking isn’t for everyone, especially for novice hikers. However, once they acquire some basic skills and gain enough knowledge about the trail, they will be prepared for some safe night hiking.

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Preparing for a multi-day hiking trip brings many more problems and concerns than preparing for a day hike. The right equipment can make the difference between a trip you want to repeat and a nightmare. Moreover, in extreme circumstances, the inadequate gear could even be life-threatening.

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Once you know more about hiking footwear, clothing, hazards on the trail, and you have your own reasons to start hiking, you can start preparing for your new adventure. For hiking beginners, day hikes are the safest and easiest way to start. Moreover, they are easier to plan than multi-day hikes and once you learn from them, they can be helpful to avoid problematic situations in your future hiking trips.

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We wrote the Ultimate Guide to Planning Hiking Trips because we thought it would be cool to have an easy to read source for planning hiking trips. Assuming you have some hiking experience, it isn't hard to guess that you know what it's like every time before a hiking expedition - planning, buying stuff, packing etc. This whole experience is often too boring and uninspiring.

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Adventures are unpredictable by definition. However, careful planning is the key to having a safer, and more enjoyable hiking trip. Whether for an overnight trip or a multi-week journey, you will reap the greatest rewards by preparing for your adventure. In its simplest form, planning means packing your gear and setting off.

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The extremities can be one of the hardest areas of the body to properly regulate mainly because they are far from the core. As a result, they take longer to circulate warm blood. In addition, they are one of the sweatiest parts of the body and are constantly exposed to the elements. You can properly regulate the warmth in the head by wearing various types of headwear for protecting your head, face, and eyes from the elements.

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It is winter, it is cold, wet, and windy outside and while many people would prefer to spend their spare time in their warm and cozy home, others who love being out in nature would rather grab a pair of trekking poles and head towards the nearest trail… So, this time we are going to discuss the pros and cons of hiking expeditions in winter conditions.

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Using a layered clothing system is an effective way to move moisture away from the skin and transport it to the outer side of your clothing. However, in very cold conditions, classical layering may not work that well. In this article, we’ll try to clarify what stays behind the term “vapor barrier liners” (VBL) and why you may want to try this concept yourself.

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Winter hiking can be a ton of fun if you are seriously prepared, have the right mindset, and have the correct gear. It’s much less forgiving than summer hiking so approach it seriously. Hiking alone isn’t a good idea in winter conditions, so find a hiking partner and start with short hikes first to gain some experience in cold weather as well as when it’s snowing.

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Wilderness travel in winter conditions requires different knowledge, skills, and abilities than summer hiking so it is safe to assume that what works for the latter often may not work for the former. Winter hiking can be extremely challenging and dangerous even for the most seasoned hikers due to the dangers of extreme winds, blizzards, deep snow, and river crossings.

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