Eat Plants While You Hike

Written by Steve Gillman


Knowing a few edible wild plants can make your next backpacking trip, or any trip intorepparttar wilderness, a lot more enjoyable.

You can pack lighter if you eat wild berries every morning for breakfast, for example, and leave your oatmeal behind. So pushrepparttar 139192 bears out ofrepparttar 139193 way and gorge yourself on blueberries. Less weight on your back always feels better.

You'll also enjoy your backpacking more when you know that you won't be completely helplessrepparttar 139194 moment you lose your pack, or a raccoon empties it for you. You don't have to be a survivalist to seerepparttar 139195 value of knowing which ofrepparttar 139196 wild plants around you can be eaten.

I eat dandelions, wild courants, pine nuts and other edible wild plants regularly. I ate hundreds of calories in wild rasberries during a break, while hiking inrepparttar 139197 Colorado Rockies. During a kayak trip on Lake Superior, a friend and I spent half a day stopping at every litle island, to fill our stomachs with wild blueberries. We were almost out of food, so our foraging helped us get throughrepparttar 139198 rest ofrepparttar 139199 trip. Edible Berries

Here are just some ofrepparttar 139200 wild berries my wife and I ate while hiking to Grinnel Glacier in Glacier National Park: Blueberries, Service Berries, Rose Hips, Blackberries, High Bush Cranberries, Strawberries, Rasberries, Thimbleberries, and Currants. Berries arerepparttar 139201 most convenient, calorie rich and nutritious ofrepparttar 139202 edible wild plants out there. They are alsorepparttar 139203 easiest to learn to identify Edible Wild Plants And Survival

Get the Most Out of Your Hike

Written by Chuck Fitzgerald


Hiking is one of lifeís great joys. Fresh air, nature, exercise and good friends. Itís difficult to imagine anything better Ė if youíre prepared. When youíre not prepared properly, itís difficult to imagine anything worse. If you hike a few hundred yards around your neighborhood or a few hundred miles aroundrepparttar backcountry, use these tips to getrepparttar 139033 most enjoyment out of your hiking experience.

#1: Plan your trip. You can plan too little but itís tough to plan too much. #2: Get in Shape. Put yourself inrepparttar 139034 best possible position to enjoy your sport. #3: Checkrepparttar 139035 weather forecast. Any weather different than you expect can turn a good hike into a not-so-good hike. #4: Dress for success. Layer your clothing and be very sure of your footwear. #5: Haverepparttar 139036 essentials. Your planning will help with this. Take only what is essential and getrepparttar 139037 lightest gear you can afford Ė especially for longer hikes. #6: Plan to be out longer than you think. If you think three hours, plan for six. Four days, plan for a week.

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