What is “Core Temperature” – How important is it – What you need to do and know!

Hello Hikers,

A few years ago as I was developing my long distance hiking skills I realized a very important aspect of hiking which I eventually formulated into a sort of motto by which I hike – and now use as a principle teaching platform.

Managed Core Temperature + Proper Preparation + Proper Sleep + Proper Food + Proper Gear = A High Chance of a Successful Trip!

I am fully convinced that nearly everything you learn about hiking should be founded on those 5 skills!

It does not take a great deal of time spent out hiking to realize just how important those four skills are. The difficulty comes in learning them and learning how to keep yourself aware of each of them, and learning how to keep yourself in tune with each of them regardless of the environment  and conditions that you are faced with while out on the trail.

It would be unfair of me to sit here and say that I have mastered each of those four aspects, because I have not. There are times I am on a hiking trip and I realized that I have highly under estimated the situation and end up not being able to properly sleep – usually it comes down to the cold or hot weather, or from not having enough water or food to keep my body in tune with itself. Continue reading “What is “Core Temperature” – How important is it – What you need to do and know!”

Yes-Gear For 2012!

I have to be honest to my readers… this whole “No Gear For 2012” is just soooo not going to happen for me! I do not want to get into whether it is a good thing or a bad thing – that is something only each of us as hikers can answer. I sort of think it is great that hikers are out there trying to commit themselves to it, but for me, it is just never going to happen.

With the exception of a few pieces of cold weather gear I could take my existing hiking gear setups and do almost any hike anywhere in the world. But the thing is, I just love checking out new gear and I so love supporting the outdoor cottage gear companies it would be hard for me. Even though I already have all the gear I could possible need, there are a few items out there that I still really want to buy. Some of them to make my hiking life better, some of them to simply try them and see if I like them enough to use, some of them to see how they perform against existing gear that I already have, and some of them because they are just down-right awesome looking. Continue reading “Yes-Gear For 2012!”