Enhance Your Hikes with 5 Hints From a (Sorta) Famous Person
How to beat the winter blues and embrace a sense of play? Grab your sequins or a stuffed chicken, recommends guidebook author David Williams.
Wearing sequins might JUST make you hike faster
If your closet lacks sequins, you could search for secondhand glittery gear at a local store. If you're more interested in getting moving fast than style, try your hand at trail running. We've got starter tips for you right here.
Pretty socks will enhance your hiking experience
Need some new socks to better enhance your experience? If you give a gift membership this year, you'll get a pair of super-nice, cozy footbags from our partners at From the Ground Up.
Try a pirouette when you take the corner of a switchback
Not only will everyone in your group will be impressed, it'll help with your core strength. Need to limber up (or maybe just need an alternate to a pirouette)? Take a look at our conditioning hiking suite, complete with stretches and other exercises to keep you in peak shape this winter.
Say thank you to everyone who stops to let you go by when ascending
Acknowledgement can make a world of difference during a social encounter on trail. And yep, the person coming downhill is supposed to yield to the folks heading up. If that's news to you, you can learn that and more good-to-know bits of trail etiquette in our Trail Smarts series. Extra kudos if you make a point to say hi to four people you cross paths with on trail. It's remarkable how much a simple hello can mean to someone.
Carry a stuffed animal
They're not just for kids anymore. Stuffed animals make great hiking companions, plus, according to David, "Having one along on your hike will make you and everyone you meet happier."
More into action figures? Get a load of these trip reports written by a Dark Lord who's really into hiking. Or these fun ones written by a little Lego just trying not to get stepped on in the big world.