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June 27, 2018
June 2018: A Note From Diane
June has rolled around again, bringing a plethora of hiking news to share with you!
So let's jump into the freshest of the fresh (which reminds me of the bear scat in the middle of a recent trail ... but that's a story for another time).
Newest Hiking For Her Stuff
I reviewed two new KEEN trail footwear options this month:KEEN Targhee Mid Waterproof Boots Review
KEEN Terrador Trail Shoes Review
I also created and freshened up some articles appropriate to July hiking:
A New HFH Feature
Somehow or another, there are over 500 pages of trustworthy hiking tips on Hiking For Her.
But I'm not getting any older ;)
However, I AM keenly interested in adding only hiking information which is relevant and important to you.
But how will I know unless you tell me?
So please use the link below to share what you'd like more of. Get as detailed as you'd like!
Once the busy rush of the summer hiking season is over, I'll pull out that list and get to work for you.
I really appreciate you taking a few moments to let me know how I can make Happy Trails a reality for you. It's the entire reason Hiking For Her was created in 2008.Hiking Info Suggestions And Requests
Hike Just Because ... And For A Cause
Trey and Maddie Cason, two young idealistic hikers, are planning to hike the whole Appalachian Trail this summer to raise money and awareness for GHNI.org.
The goal they've set: to raise $100 per mile for the sponsorship of four villages in Asia in order to raise the standard of living.
Their short video explains how you can join this effort by hiking one hour, one day or weeks on end to raise awareness and funds toward their goal.
Be sure to watch it to the end, because they drop their somewhat formal demeanor to reveal the "true" Trey and Maddie. Very cute!Captioned YouTube Video
Safe Wildlife Distance Campaign
Enjoy some entertaining memes and a smart message: keep your distance, please! It's the right thing to do.
New Meaning: Young At Heart
How many days a week should a person exercise to maintain the overall health of her arteries?
This question gains importance with middle age (45 y.o.) or older hikers, because blood vessels stiffen with age and increase the risk of heart attacks.
A recent study asked the "how many days" question, and found this answer: Humans have small, medium and large size arteries; the smaller arteries rely on fewer days of exercise per week than larger ones to maintain overall health.
Bottom line for hikers: Maybe a daily walking habit makes sense! Here's why:
Medium-sized arteries need two to three days a week of 30-minute exercising to minimize artery stiffening, but for larger arteries, exercising four to five days a week is needed.
So why not take a 30 minute walk on your off trail days?The Effect of Life Long Exercise Frequency on Arterial Stiffness
2018 Recipients: National Trails Fund Grants
I love when local hiking projects get funded, because it means even more hikers of all ages are going to enjoy outdoor time.
Recipients of generous grants this year include:
• Bayou Land Conservancy, Texas • Dracut Open Space Committee, Massachusetts • Friends of the Cheat, West Virginia • Jefferson County Historical Society, Pennsylvania • New Castle Recreation Department, Pennsylvania • Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, California • Oregon Natural Desert Association, Oregon • Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance, New Mexico • Trail Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
You can use this list of U.S. trail groups, hiking clubs, and organizations if you'd like to get involved in trail efforts near you:
American Hiking Society's Alliance List
New Tick Study Results
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results supporting the idea that clothing treated with insecticide permethrin really does deter ticks (thus minimizing the dreaded Lyme disease connection).
That's why Insect Shield clothing from big outdoor brands should be a consideration for you if you're hiking in tick country.
The study, and an example of protective hiking clothing:Contact Irritancy and Toxicity of Permethrin-Treated Clothing for Ixodes scapularis, Amblyomma americanum, and Dermacentor variabilis Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae)
Insect Shield Hiking Pants From REI
However, there is another approach to repelling ticks (and mosquitoes), using a portable insect repellent device from Thermacell.
The natural compounds in the humble mum plant are aerosolized in an ingenious, lightweight device. This link also shares their field test results:Thermacell Plant Based Repellents
You have a few more days to enter to win some plant based, highly nutritious, lightweight hiking food.Nutberg Giveaway Details
And don't overlook the exclusive giveaway for the readers of this monthly newsletter.
You need the password HAPPYTRAILS and the link below to enter for your chance to win a Kindle copy of Hiking For Her's e-book of day hiking tips for women hikers.
Exclusive Giveaways PW Protected
If You're In Seattle Area
A brand new guide from Mountaineer Books, entitled Swimming Holes of Washington, just came out. The co-authors, Anna Katz and Shane Robinson, would love to meet you at these events:UW Bookstore July 2, 7P
Olympia Browsers Bookshop July 11, 7P
It Happens Every Time!
Lots more to share but don't want to bloat your in box, so will put the rest into my weekly email updates.
There's a link below to sign up for a short update every week of the year, including flash giveaways (like the one I have planned for the first week of July).
I thank you most sincerely for reading all the way through to the end of this little newsletter. It's a highlight of my month to gather up the news and send it out to you!
May all your trails be amazingly safe and enjoyable this month.
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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