Book review: “The Prepper’s Medical Handbook” by William W. Forgey, MD

Right or wrong, the term “Prepper” has certain connotations. However, Dr. William Forgey’s “Prepper’s Medical Handbook” isn’t necessarily aimed at doomsday believers. (Given the current social and political state of the world, the idea of prepping for doomsday might not seem as crazy as it one did…but I’ll leave that idea for another blog post.)…

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Is hiking selfish?

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” – Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde” I celebrated my 45th birthday with a hike. Even as I enjoyed the views from the top and along the way, the sounds of trickling streams and the peace and quiet, I couldn’t help feeling…

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From Wapack With Love

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Nobody Hikes in L.A.’s debut, I decided to revisit my hiking roots. This is an essay I wrote in 8th grade about a 1988 backpacking trip on the Wapack Trail in New Hampshire. Other than some spelling and punctuation corrections, I have made no edits. Enjoy! Wildwood Nature…

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Do the highest peaks always have the best views? (A primer in topographic isolation and prominence)

San Jacinto Peak and Mt. Baldy are often thought of as the second and third tallest mountains in Southern California, behind San Gorgonio. In fact, they rank #6 and #22. However, as the tallest mountains in their ranges, San Jacinto and Mt. Baldy are better known than the actual #2 and #3 summits: Jepson Peak…

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Everything you need to know about choosing a sleeping bag: Guest post by Kaan Keskin of Outdoor Eager

As an outdoor enthusiast, I’ve been hiking and backpacking for over 10 years and I love sharing my experiences with fellow outdoor lovers. In this article, I will cover every factor you need to consider before purchasing a sleeping bag. There are several essentials when it comes to camping, but a sleeping bag is the…

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Review: PrimeStick hiking poles

Special thanks to Leo Lockeretz who assisted with research for this review. The PrimeStick from Dynamo is billed as the “world’s only combination cane, walking stick and trekking pole.” When the company asked me to review the stick, I expressed concern that, given the restrictions placed on many trails in the Los Angeles area and…

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How to lower your impact on the environment while camping: Guest post by Mildred Delgado

Photo credit: bluepoetje Leave No Trace. It seems self-explanatory, right? If you spend time camping in the wilderness, pack out all your trash, leave the site as you found it and don’t feed the wildlife. Yet, time and time again, ill-prepared and ill-informed people get themselves into trouble or at the very least ruin a…

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Guest post: How to choose the perfect tent for your next camping trip by Mike Miller of Wilderness Times

Buying a tent may seem simple at first glance. But, with so many options on the market, how do you choose one that’s not too big, not too expensive, but “just right?” That’s why I wrote this guide. Inside, you’ll learn everything you need to know about picking a tent. We’ll go over what factors…

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5 Tips For Your First Backpacking Trip

Almost everyone loves to travel as it introduces us to new experiences and create long-lasting memories. An increasingly popular trend in traveling is backpacking: traveling with simply a bag and its contents. Backpacking is usually dependent on public transportation, hitchhiking, and shelter is usually found at more public locations rather than homes for rent. Backpacking…

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Why teaching kids map reading skills is important – and how to do it: Guest post by Beatrice Callan

Featured photo: Mailsparky Worried that your kid cannot read a map? Want to teach children some basic map reading skills quickly and effortlessly? Find out how learning map navigation can be useful for your child’s education and how you can make learning fun. In the era of GPS navigation, the actual map reading skills are…

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