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Febrrrruary Hiking News
February 22, 2023
February 2023: A Note From Diane
Kind of demoralizing for a hiker, unless you want to test the limits of your winter hiking gear. Which actually sounds like a great idea!
Plus, you can spit in the general direction of Wintry Mix as you chug along in your entire layering system.
Or for Plan B, you can scheme and dream for when warmer weather shows up from the comfort of your couch, scrolling through HFH resources.
Either way, here's a look this month at some big wins for trail advocacy, a new giveaway, resources for your backpacking plans and more.
FRESHEST HIKING FOR HER ARTICLESTo help you get ready for 2023 backpacking plans, let’s concentrate on the most important key to a fantastic trip: FOOD.
I've approached this topic using the A-B-C method, aiming for a lighthearted but nutritionally factual vibe. You might meet a few new or unusual backpacking food choices.
To offer you a complete resource, I include lots of links to specific backpacking food topics at the bottom of the article, if you’d like to dig (in) a little deeper.
And many of these tips can be repurposed for dayhikes.
UpdateThe field testing for the reviews of a hiking jacket and an 800 fill DWR treated down sleeping bag from Outdoor Vitals have yet to be completed, but I did want to share those secret discount links with you again.
Why? You can score an impressive discount plus free shipping using these "secret" links. I'm not sure how long the great pricing will be available.
2023 Hike the Hill® Advocacy Event SuccessHikers don't often enjoy going into cramped, stuffy rooms, but once a year they raise their voices on our behalf in Washington D.C.
Here is a summary of what they accomplished this time around:
FEBRUARY/MARCH HFH GIVEAWAYTo go along with our food theme this month, Hiking For Her is giving away a few titanium long handled sporks from Snow Peak, a company known for quality.
You have until March 31, 2023 to register for a chance to own one of these fabled sporks, so useful for digging out that last tiny bit of food lurking in the corner of a meal prep container.
NOMADIK SURPRISESNomadik is a subscription service with monthly/quarterly/annual goodie boxes of hiking gear. They've been around for awhile, but the new news is they launched a rewards program: earn points & exclusive rewards with each purchase.
You choose your box theme, and decide which plan fits your outdoor style. They even offer a quiz to figure out what you’d like most!
Plans start at $29.99/box; in return you receive $60+ value per box of name brand gear and gizmos.
Great gift, or a fun surprise each month for yourself!
North Umpqua Trail (NUT) Fire RecoveryEver hear of this 79-mile National Recreation Trail in Oregon?
It's in the news now because it has become an example of how to rejuvenate a scorched hiking trail.
My favorite name for a segment of this trail is Dread & Terror. How tempting is that to hike!!
Read about how recovery was accomplished through cooperation and hard work here:
HIKING RESEARCHOne of my little joys in life when I'm not on the trail is to scan medical research literature for interesting studies related to hikers.
Here's a recent paper outlining three types of approaches to handling stress on a hike:
Future-Oriented Coping with Weather Stress among Mountain Hikers: Temperamental Personality Predictors and Profiles by Piotr Próchniak and Agnieszka Próchniak.
The authors outline three types of personalities: prudent hikers (high preventive coping/high proactive coping), reckless hikers (low preventive coping/high proactive coping) and wary hikers (high preventive coping/low proactive coping).
Fun bonus: It defines all the ways the word "hiking" is used in the world.
Give it a read here:
Here's what I have to say on this topic, based only on my own trail evidence. See if you recognize yourself or your trail buddies:
6 Types Of Hikers
That's all for nowBut I'll be back next month with more hiking news for you!
Send me a note by hitting REPLY, I'd be delighted to hear from you.
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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