Thursday, September 12, 2013

Best Hiking Shoes-Guidelines To Choose One

By Adam Torres

With the recently developed popularity of adventure sports among youngsters and mid-aged people, hiking has become an escape medium for many. More and more people are trying to relax and get out of their busy schedule by going on hiking. Although people have become well aware of the needs of hiking, the intricate details of hiking successfully and comfortably are yet to come to the surface.

Hiking shoes are specially designed to sustain the rigidity and brutality of rugged and untamed terrains. Hence, expecting a hiking shoe to perform like a running shoe or walking boots will be absolutely unfair. People often opt for pricey and fancy hiking shoes, which often turns out to be irrelevant. On the contrary, the quality of the material used, its comfort level and traction quotient are some of the important considerations you must make before opting for a specific hiking shoe.

Understanding hiking terrains Your choice of hiking shoes should vary depending on the type of terrain you are planning to hike in. For instance, muddy and snowy terrains which are characterized by slippery platforms should be treated with a specific type of hiking shoe, like the ones that can avert abrasions and allow you to get a better grip over the surface. On the contrary, lightweight shoes are ideal for short hiking trips, where you are not expecting to carry heavy loads.

The factors which will help you mark the comfort level of you shoe are its padding quality, whether they are roomy enough to let your toe fit in comfortably and their lightweight and flexible nature. While heavy hiking boots will let you carry heavy loads and sustain extremely rugged terrains, the flexible and lightweight ones will let you advance easily and at a faster rate.

Fitting It is customary to never choose a hiking shoe by its looks. Just as the saying goes, "looks are deceptive", you must never rely or choose your shoe depending on how it appears. Rather, the ideal process of choosing a shoe is to slip in and take a nice walk. It is only when you start walking in your hiking shoes, that you will be able to notice the downfalls and fitting of the shoe. Be aware of collapsing shoe fabrics, as the fabric may greatly irritate your skin and lead to the formation of blisters, which is absolutely undesirable for hiking.

Fitting Proper fitting is yet another important criterion you must take into consideration before settling for any variety of shoe. Make sure that you opt for the pair that has enough space to accommodate your toe and the fingers as well. Hiking with scrunched up fingers can become immensely painful and problematic . Hence, make sure that the shoe has enough space to let your feet twist and turn easily. Additionally, you must also ensure that the shoe should not slip out of your heel every time you pick up your leg to cross a stone.

On the contrary, full-grain leather shoes are known to be much more durable, strong and longer lasting. Full grain leather shoes can avert abrasions and wear and tear like no other material.

Other than being soft and cushioned, the comfort level is also determined by the availability of breathable fabric. With the availability of breathable fabric, your leg will be able to breathe more and constitutively with sweat less, which is extremely desirable for frequent hikers. Additionally, you can also opt for water proofed shoes which will let you stay dry even after walking over water ridges.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cheap And Easy Camping Food

By Julie Barry

Barbecuing a fancy meal on your next camping trip can be a lot of fun, plus it can be tasty. However, often we are limited by time, money or space for transporting our gear. That is where cheap and simple camp meals come in useful.

You don't always have to forgo a warm, cooked meal to low-cost food that is easy to prepare. With a mobile burner, you can still enjoy hot coffee in the morning, cook warm morning meals, make fragrant stews and plenty more.

A mobile gas burner can cost you less than twenty bucks plus a mini propane tank will cost a few dollars. Besides being less costly than a barbecue, camping stove or portable grill - this cooking set up uses up extremely minimal space in your car. They are also ideal for backpacking trips.

Presuming that you don't wish to bring food that you need to refrigerate, below are some concepts for camping meals that are easy, economical and healthy.


Get yourself a big stew pot, and you can heat water for all types of noodles. Pasta is cheap, uses up practically no space and does not have to be cooled. Add a container of pasta sauce, and you have a warm, filling meal. Leftovers also make a fantastic, quick lunch.

Chili Beans

Get a couple of cans of chili and heat them in your kettle. Many products already have seasonings included, so this means less work for you without needing to forgo flavor. Once again, no refrigeration required, and naturally canned food keeps for a long time. You can even add your chili to your pasta dish above.


There is nothing like a warm meal at daybreak when you are camping, and oatmeal costs virtually nothing and uses up very little space. You can use the exact same pot you utilized for the pasta and the chili and throw in some oats for a couple of minutes with some cinnamon or maple syrup. For a heartier meal, you can even add some trail mix or dried fruit, which are great treats to take on a camping journey anyhow.


Although it takes longer to cook than pasta, rice is a good alternative, since it is compact, low-cost and it does not have to be refrigerated in its dry state. Rice matches any sort of meat, fish or vegetable, however, I even like it plain with some curry powder.

Tuna in a Can

Canned tuna is an inexpensive, simple and a fast source of healthy protein. Add it to rice, sandwiches, tortilla chips or eat it by itself out of the can. Small serving containers are also a convenient advantage.


This veggie might use up more area, but it is easy to transport, does not need refrigeration and is a low-cost healthy carbohydrate. You might like baked potatoes or those cooked in a skillet vs boiled potatoes, however, no matter what kind of cooking devices you have, know that you have meal choices.

Peanut Butter

Don't forget peanut butter. It is quick and simple and a good source of protein also. If you are looking for an alternative to sandwich bread, why not get whole wheat crackers or rice cakes?

There are plenty more food options to come up with camping meals, however, these staples are very flexible and help you produce a significant number of dishes just by changing your seasonings or sauce.

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