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Fresh Hiking News For You
January 23, 2023
January 2023: A Note From Diane
Here's a question for you: Any hiking plans?
I hope so! There's something about planning where and when to hike that quickens the pulse, isn't there!
So this issue of the Happy Trails newsletter brings you ways to make your planned trail time inspiring, rewarding, and just plain do-able.
NEWEST HIKING FOR HER ARTICLESI was reminded on a recent hike of just how annoying it can be to hike while wearing prescription glasses.
Fogged up lenses, the perpetual slide-and-push-up dance, you know (or have witnessed) the drill!
This article pulls together everything I've learned about hiking in glasses.
If you have your own tips to share, please send them to me (hit REPLY) and they will be added to this hiking resource.
Why? You can score an impressive discount plus free shipping using these "secret" links, but only for a limited time.
Quick stats: The sleeping bag is available in 4 temperature ratings and two lengths, 800 fill power DWR treated down.
The jacket brings together water resistance in a novel fabric AND treated 850 fill power down. Warm, even when wet, in other words.
Next month, I'll share all of my field testing and tips on how to get the most out of this gear. If you're not familiar with OV, you'll also learn how they are very different from other gear companies, and I mean that in a good way!
BACKPACKING FOOD CHOICESMany folks overlook the importance of bringing the right food, and the right amounts of food, on a backpacking trip.
And because each of us has a unique blend of preferences, aversions and dietary restrictions, spending some time customizing your backpacking menu will pay off big time when you're out there.
I've got a few articles that help you navigate the freeze dried, dehydrated, and ingredient landscape:
It details the money they gifted in 2022. Hint: Over $178K.
JANUARY HFH GIVEAWAYHave you taken a moment to sign up for a chance to win an ethically made hat from HeadPeace?
Warm, lightweight, fun patterns - all from a company with fair trade manufacturing standards.
You have until January 31, 2023 for a chance to expand your hiking gear closet!
VOLUNTEER HIKING VACATIONSNot really into planning a hiking trip yourself?
Take a look at the 2023 Volunteer Vacation List from American Hiking! That should whet your appetite for giving back while getting out there.
INSPIRING OUTDOOR WOMANEver been to Haines, Alaska? It’s quite the place!
And a great jumping off point for backcountry adventures (I enjoyed an Alsek River trip starting there).
Here is an article on a local author, Margaret Piggot, who recently passed at age 90.
HEROIC HIKING DOG RESCUENeed a feel good story right now? (Silly Question category for 50 points, please)
Here’s one that ends well for all involved, starring two hikers who were just doing their thing until Pip needed help.
ANOTHER WAY TO SAVE ON GEARIf you've got big 2023 hiking plans, you might not have a big budget for gear.
REI Co-op aims to help you with that, setting up a "shop and trade in used equipment" mini-store through February 5, 2023.
If you're a co-op member you can also enjoy a 10% bonus on purchases when you trade in your used gear.
So grab your gear list, go through your current hiking and camping gear, and ReSupply!
LEAVE NO TRACE CAN USE YOUR HELPI love the idea of never leaving a trace of my passing through the wilderness, or even on a well used trail, don't you?
But we are loving our outdoor spaces a little too much. Here's what you can do to help the LNT organization. Use this LNT Hot Spot Map to see if any of them are near where you live.
Then sign up for service projects, community training, community outreach, and youth programs which will address those overloved outdoor areas.
More details here:
LNT Spotlight Program
Lots more news to shareI have so much more hiking news for you, but have run out of space for this month.
I'll be back in February -and throughout 2023- to share it with you, cuz that makes me happy.
Hit REPLY if you have tips, trail humor or want to share your hiking plans with me. Always love to get the "good" kind of messages in my inbox ;)
Thanks for reading!
Happy Trails to you,
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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