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November 2023 Fresh Hiking News
November 15, 2023
November 2023: A Note From Diane
Time flies, so do crows and snow and feathers and ... sorry, got distracted there for a minute. Welcome to this month's newsletter filled with the freshest hiking news for you!
Let's fly down to the first tidbit, shall we?
HIKING FOR HER ARTICLESIn the northern hemisphere, November brings the first bite of cold weather. You don't have to humbly submit. Use my tips for cold weather hiking comfort and safety!
How not to suffer on cold weather hikes
INSPIRING FEMALESSome of whom hike!
Allow me to share this website highlighting adventurous women (that's us, HFH readers).
I spent a lot of time savoring the names and biographies of women we never, ever hear about, like Louise Arner Boyd (1887 – 1972).
Give yourself the gift of ten minutes this week to look at the forgotten, unmentioned, ignored, overlooked (sorry, distracted again...) inspiring women who shared a thirst for what we love: outdoor adventures.
DIABETIC HIKERS: NOTE THIS FREEBIEDo you hike with diabetes?
You may be eligible to get a free National Parks Pass. Here's why that is a very good thing:
FEEL GOOD DOG STORY, YOU’RE WELCOMESometimes you just need a feel good story, preferably one with a dog in it (just me?).
Here’s the tale/tail (my bad) of a Great Dane who now has a new hiking buddy.
TIMED ENTRY INPUTThose who are interested in providing input and comments on Rocky Mountain National Park’s future visitor management plan can do so until December 14, 2023 here:
Timed entry comments
Other parks considering this idea: Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Glacier National Park. Utah’s Arches National Park tried it in 2022 and 2023 and may extend it into 2024.
Is this just one more barrier to hiking, or a great idea? I’d love to know where you stand, and any personal experiences you’ve had with timed entry.
MEDITATION AND HIKINGThis personal account of a hiker’s preparation and backpacking trip makes a connection between peace of mind and hiking.
A meditation on backpacking
READY TO OPT OUT?Have you been getting a lot of "gift guides" for hikers? Me, too.
There are two companies that I admire for skipping the whole shopping frenzy on Black Friday.
I use gear and clothing from both of them, and have given them my hard-to-earn two thumbs up as an affiliate.
Just to be transparent with you, that’s the only way I support this website: a small commission if you purchase through my links. It costs you nothing extra.
You get great gear from trusted companies. I get to keep the electrons humming down the line to you. Wow!
Outdoor VitalsOUTDOOR VITALS has figured out a way to give you really low prices on high quality, thoughtfully designed gear – they’ve cut out the middle layers that push up prices.
Right now they have a limited time huge sale, where you can save lots of cash as well as receive some freebies. I’ve reviewed some of their gear and clothing, and can tell you it’s good stuff (use the search box on my site to read the reviews).
REI Co-opREI CO-OP is probably not a stranger to you. Maybe their Black Friday opt out policy is: get outdoors rather than go shopping.
That’s a sentiment I support wholeheartedly. And it's not just because I have to hike off that second pie of pie!
Right now through November 20, 2023, you can really round out your gear (and gift) list.
Note that some deals are member only, while everyone can save up to 30% on selected items.
Hint: Here are 2 dozen reasons why joining the co-op makes sense for a hiker:
REI Member Rewards
NEW HIKING FOR HER GIVEAWAYBlisters.
Maybe a little blood and gore.
Lost hiking time.
If this is a familiar scenario to you on the trail, this month's giveaway offers relief: a pair of blister prevention socks from ArmaSkin.
These socks are designed to break up the blister triad (heat, moisture, friction) and protect your skin through all kinds of hiking conditions.
Jump on this chance to say goodbye to blisters!
Turtle timeI think of myself this time of year as pulling into my shell to ride out less than optimal trail conditions.
It's a time of going over gear lists, sorting through my backpacks, checking my boot tread, taking daily walks while dreaming of new hiking destinations.
Whatever you call November, I wish you a peaceful holiday season.
Comments, messages, sharing of your top hiking resources, suggestions for must do hikes, all are welcome in my inbox.
Diane a.k.a. Happy Hiker
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