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Why you should try hiking barefoot

By Dustin Walker

“Melting snow, the ultimate barefoot pleasure.” That’s the title of one chapter in Richard Frazine’s 1993 book ‘The Barefoot Hiker.’ My toes go a little numb just thinking about it. But folks like Franzine, 65, are adamant that hitting the trail sans boots is the most intense way to experience the outdoors. It’s all about […]

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5 tips for digging deep when you want to quit

By Dustin Walker

It happens to the best of us: Your legs go rubbery, your breathing speeds up and your feet feel as if they’re encased in cement. You’ve hit the wall, my friend. And now, you’ve got two choices: give up like a chump and abandon your hike or somehow find that extra little burst of energy […]

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How to enjoy hiking in the rain

By Dustin Walker

Your hike doesn’t have to go sour when grey skies turn black. Not if you’re prepared. A lot of fair-weather trekkers won’t even give the rain a chance. When the heavens open up, they instantly jump on the phone to nix travel plans or back out of wilderness trips that have been in the works […]

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How to hike faster without training harder

By Dustin Walker

I hate being last. Or even second last.  In fact, I need to get first place in just about everything I do. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way.  This is especially true when I’m hiking along a brutal trail with folks built like race horses. I trained my ass off for three […]

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Little-known ways to find little-known hikes

By Dustin Walker

Tranquil forests, litter-free coastlines and desolate trails that have seen fewer hiking boots than a ballroom dance floor – this is outdoor adventure at its finest. If you’ve already tackled the big-name treks that lure swarms of eager travelers every year, consider searching for a lesser-known trail that hasn’t been stomped smooth yet. Less crowded hikes may […]

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How to secure food (and spoons) from wildlife

By Dustin Walker

I know, I know: I should have put my dishes away properly. But that tent was just too damn tempting. The wind and rain came ripping over the ocean as we gulped down our lukewarm macaroni. The four of us had endured this storm all day while slogging along Vancouver Island’s Cape Scott Trail. Everyone […]

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Get creative to counter trail thieves

By Dustin Walker

I realize we’re not taking about the back alley of a Toronto gas station here. But even deep in the wilderness, miles from the nearest town, thieves will still ply their trade. Conservationists were shocked last week after poachers swiped an 800-year-old cedar from the isolated Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. According to news reports, the thieves likely pulled off the heist through […]

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How to beat the hike at the pumps

By Dustin Walker

You can’t take transit deep into the boonies. So when fuel prices skyrocket, the  costs connected to accessing those beautifully remote trails rise as well. Overall, I’ve found that transportation costs are usually the priciest part of any multi-day trek (assuming you don`t have to replace any gear). I stumbled upon a few suggestions on ways to prevent petrol prices from ruining your hike: […]

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