Eat Plants While You Hike

Written by Steve Gillman

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If you travel in isolated wilderness areas, learning to identify a few edible wild plants can keep you safe also. Someday you may be lost or injured, or a bear will push you out ofrepparttar way to gorge himself your freeze-dried meals. In a survival situation, food isn't usually a priority (warmth and water are), but a pile of roasted cattail hearts sure will cheer you up and warm you up, and they even taste good.

Stay away from protected plants, of course, unless you are in a true life-or-death situation. Also, don't eat allrepparttar 139192 beautiful flowers, or kill offrepparttar 139193 lilies by eating allrepparttar 139194 bulbs. Use common sense. If you aren't sure if you're doing harm, stick to eating wild berries.

Check out a few books on harvesting wild food. You don't need to become a wilderness survival fanatic. You really only need to learn to recognise a dozen high-calorie, abundant wild edible plants to be a lot safer inrepparttar 139195 wilderness, and to enjoy it more.

Steve Gillman is a long-time backpacker, and advocate ultralight backpacking. His advice and stories can be found at http://www. The Ultralight Backpacking Site .com

Get the Most Out of Your Hike

Written by Chuck Fitzgerald

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#7: Prepare forrepparttar worst. Know first-aid and CPR. #8: Use of food and water. It’s okay to ration food, but don’t ration water. If you are thirsty, drink. Decision making skills drop drastically when you are dehydrated. #9: Slow down. If you are hiking only for exercise, you’re missingrepparttar 139033 best part. Nature is all around, slow down and pay attention. You’ll be rewarded many times over. #10: Take a friend along. Like most things in life, sharing your hiking passion with someone you care about is awesome.

There are literally thousands of great places to hike in North America and dozens of quality websites to learn more aboutrepparttar 139034 sport. Check out our on-line education center or connect with a local hiking club for hikes in your area – but in any case it is up to you and only you to getrepparttar 139035 most out of your hikes.

Use this information and you’ll Get It Right The First Time. Get Outdoors!

Chuck Fitzgerald is the owner of Arizona based BackCountry Toys, an online specialty store with the “Best Gear Out There” and dedicated to helping outdoor enthusiasts to “Get It Right The First Time” with timely educational information. Please visit to find great gear and to receive the Fact & Tips e-newsletter, "FreshAir.” (800) 316-9055.

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