Trekking Jewel in the South of the World – Torres Del Paine National Park

After nearly 12,000 years since its aboriginal settlement, the icy and remote destination amidst Chilean Patagonia was only reached by true explorers and scientists from late 19th century to the date of park creation, in 1959. Subsequently named Torres del Paine National Park due to its most remarkable geological features, the 3 major granite towers,…

After nearly 12,000 years since its aboriginal settlement, the icy and remote destination amidst Chilean Patagonia was only reached by true explorers and scientists from late 19th century to the date of park creation, in 1959. Subsequently named Torres del Paine National Park due to its most remarkable geological features, the 3 major granite towers, the protected area soon became known around the planet.

Since then, every year it receives up to 150,000 tourists, mostly foreigners. Mainly during the summer, they seek the harsh, but still preserved environments of the park, respectively cases of fires – as seen on the burned trees. The diversity of ecosystems, biological endemism and geological formations are relevant enough to justify the design as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and the inclusion on most lists of best trekking circuits in the world.

As the area is located hundreds of miles from the nearest airport in El Calafate (Argentina), home to the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, visitors can only reach Torres del Paine by land. One of the most common options, although quite expensive, is to arrange a tour bus trip from the former city or from Puerto Natales, Chile. Alternately, you can drive a rented vehicle by the portion of the park carved by tens of miles of roads, where you can see groups of guanacos and rheas amid the steppes and shrublands, flamingo flocks on multihued blue ponds and the largest flying bird of the world (Andean condor) in the sky and mountains. You can also embark on some navigating in the beautiful Gray and Pehoe glacial lakes.

The most recommended way to face the park, though, is to venture out in the amazing landscapes walking through the trekking circuits: the O, which the longest one, or the W. The latter is rather traversed by young adventurers and even seniors, with their large backpacks, hiking poles and weatherproof clothing, in order to overcome ground unevenness and unpredictable climate. On the same day, you can witness the sun, rain, snow, windstorm and even a waterspout!

To tie fatigue from 3 to 5 days walking, there are free and paid campsites well located along the sections. In addition to a hot bath and electricity, you can buy groceries, although prices are somewhat outrageous. So make sure there's enough food with you, because the berries possible to find on the path definitely will not be enough for your caloric expenditure. At least the water will not be a problem, since there are numerous pristine sources along the trails.

The best views are only achieved by foot, which makes it worth all the effort. The base of the towers surrounding an azure blue lake, the deicing rapids and the Magellanic subpolar forests in the rise of French Valley, the wall of Gray Glacier and its drifting icebergs; these are some of the incredible sights the explorers will see each mile on their way.

Upon leaving the park, that feeling of joy and desire to return remains, fulfilling the local saying that whoever eats the calafate berry will return someday. All of this makes the Torres del Paine National Park an almost compulsory destination for those who enjoy leaving the comfort zone, getting into harmony with nature and facing great adventures.

Let’s Go Hiking!

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we start thinking about getting outdoors and enjoying nature. One of the outdoor activities we think about is going hiking. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to start planning a hiking trip and what you will need for that trip. Spring is such…

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we start thinking about getting outdoors and enjoying nature. One of the outdoor activities we think about is going hiking. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to start planning a hiking trip and what you will need for that trip.

Spring is such a beautiful time of year, the Winter is over and the weather is warm up. The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing and nesting. It is an ideal time to hit the trails and breathe the fresh air. Depending on the part of the country you live in, you may have been cooped up indoors all during the Winter. It is exhilarating to know that you can now go hiking and enjoy the fresh air, and once more be connected to our beautiful natural world!

Hiking is wonderful exercise. There are so many health benefits, no matter what age you are. If you like to walk, why not expand your horizons by walking on a trail? As you walk down that trail, you may encounter wildlife and birds you would not see elsewhere. In this country we are blessed to have many different terrains. There are mountains, foothills, prairies, coastal flat lands, and ancient forests to choose from. There are many national parks and wildlife refuges that truly demonstrate the many natural wonders. It is also an educational experience for our children, who learn about not only the natural beauty of our world, but get the physical exercise and fresh air to keep them healthy. As adults, we can set a good example. It is much better than sitting inside computer or video games all day!

I have always loved being outdoors since I was a child. In my own experience, having grown up in Florida, I have walked the trails in the forests north of town, as well as the woodlands south of town and closer to the coast. Each location has a different terrain and therefore offers different types of birds and wildlife. One of my favorite places to walk is at a wildlife refugee, complete with its piney woods and salt marshes. I have many memories through the years of my experiences while hiking. It is my hope that many people will have the same experience, it is really uplifting !. Added to that, there are so many quality products these days, such as backpacks, hiking poles, and binoculars, that add ease to the hiking experience. How does it get any better than that!

Hiking Alone, a Thrilling Sensation

The best way for me to enjoy hiking is alone with only my dog ​​for company and to walk for several hours. It takes a little time to reach the 'hiking sensation', where I forget time and place and feel somehow grounded – in contact with my surroundings. I feel I have 'arrived' when the…

The best way for me to enjoy hiking is alone with only my dog ​​for company and to walk for several hours. It takes a little time to reach the 'hiking sensation', where I forget time and place and feel somehow grounded – in contact with my surroundings. I feel I have 'arrived' when the scents of the plants and trees have reached my consciousness; the magical scents of mastic trees, strawberry trees and pines and the almost paralytic scents of herbs such as sage and thyme. When I am no longer thinking but just walking with my attention on the landscape, immersed in its scents and colors, then I feel I'm hiking.

When I walk through dense woods surrounded by tall trees in the beautiful nature of Alonnisos island I always get the feeling of being in a cave. It's somehow like being hidden inside the forest and it creates a thrilling sensation. If the trip continues up on a hill with a wonderful view then the experience changes and the feeling of seeing the whole world from up there fills my heart. If this nice feeling is accompanied by the sound of bells from half wild goats jumping around on the rocks then the height of sensations is reached.

There is a small archaeological area on a top of a hill not so far from where I live. When I go there I start following a beautiful earth road and then I continue on the path which increases steeply through brushwood and trees. Higher when I get out of the brushwood I walk along flat terraces full of green grass. Then opens up an astonishing view and I throw myself on the grass to chill out and enjoy the view of the steep slopes towards the sea. The exciting thing about visiting undeveloped archaeological sites is that you can let your fantasy run free. The remains of fortification walls are still intact here with boulders cut at square angles and with small indentations forming a pattern that according to historical sources is characteristic of the Greek classical period 500 BC. So they were built more than 2500 years ago! It seems like nothing has happened ever since in that area, as if the people suddenly broke up and left. With a little imagination I am back in that time feeling the historical whirring of wings. I think this is probably because I have reached this place on foot struggling up through brushwood and steep paths. The spirit is intact.

On the way down I follow a path through a narrow ravine and when the landscape opens up the path continues down bending its way through high grass. Here the smell of the sea reaches my nose and my psychological condition changes again. The sound and the smell of the sea are as welcome as all the other sounds and scents that I have enjoyed along the tour. Reaching the beach I rest on the sand and as a person who loves to use my body I enjoy how my tired muscles are slightly aching after the long trip – meanwhile the dog is taking a swim in the sea.

5 Reasons To Hike To The Highest Point In All 50 States!

Add the thrill of the 50 high point challenge to your bucket list of life long goals and you will not be disappointed! Would you believe that America offers a wide array of thrilling high and low mountain adventures? Mt. Washington at only 6,288 feet, the highest point in New Hampshire, once held the highest…

Add the thrill of the 50 high point challenge to your bucket list of life long goals and you will not be disappointed! Would you believe that America offers a wide array of thrilling high and low mountain adventures? Mt. Washington at only 6,288 feet, the highest point in New Hampshire, once held the highest recorded wind speed ever observed by man at 231 MPH! If you try to take on Washington's Mt Rainer, you will be hiking on an active volcano just 150 miles from the infamous Mt. Saint Helens volcano. Other states highest “peaks” are literally in the middle of suburban neighborhoods, such as Delawares Ebright Azimuth standing tall at 448 feet! The 50 high point challenge offers both the thrill of a Himalayan expedition and the ease of a, “walk in the park” you never thought exhausted. Take some pride in our great country and explore these fun adventures in your own backyard. You will be surprised at how many state high points are located on famous trails such as the Appalachian, offer difficult mountaineering challenges, or take you off the beaten path to unique places away from the crowds. Here are the top 5 Reasons why you should climb to the highest point in all 50 states!

1. Another Excuse to Get Outside

Of course the number one reason to start “highpointing” is to give all of us another excuse to get outside, find adventure, breath fresh mountain air and travel this great country from sea to shining sea. When you start “highpointing” you will scratch that outdoor itch every time. Not only will you get a great hike under your belt, but the outdoor adventures surrounding each high point range from kayaking, fishing, mountain cycling, rock climbing, camping and the list goes on and on! Each high point offers different wildlife, such as the herd of Bighorn Sheep on New Mexico's Wheeler Peak, or the wild Grayson Highlands Ponies on Virginia's Mt. Rogers. National Parks and landmarks are also near highpoints, such as Carlsbad Caverns National Park just 90 miles away from Texas's Guadalupe Peak or Mount Rushmore only 30 miles from South Dakota's Harney Peak.

2. Offers Opportunities for Everyone

The second reason is to spend more time with family and friends on trips that you can enjoy with anyone! No matter what age, gender, or disability, “highpointing” can be enjoyed by everyone. Since there are 50 different high points to climb, the high points across this great nation range from a drive up parking lot with wheel chair access, such as Florida's Britton Hill, to an intermediate family fun hike like New York's Mt. Marcy, to an all out 14 day expedition with a glacier crossing on Alaska's Mt Denali (the highest point in North America). Taking on the 50 high points gives you a unique opportunity to spend time and plan trips with an array of family, friends or fellow hikers regardless of their skill or love for the outdoors.

3. Conquering Challenges

Just visiting all 50 states is a challenge all to itself, but actually planning a trip to a certain location to accomplish a certain goal becomes a very hardought challenge. Some hikes such as Illinois's Charles Mound are on private land and access can only be granted a couple weekends during the year. Other points offer greater challenges, such as Wyoming's Gannett Peak, which has the longest round trip of any of the high points at nearly 50 miles. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a goal all the way through to fruition. Whatever your goal is to take down the highest point in your home state, all the states in your region, or take on all 50 states, “highpointing” is a goal worth setting. This goal will be sure to keep you going for years to come. The real reward begins while sitting around with family and friends planning the next challenging high point to conquer.

4. Unique Cross Country Travel

Too often we get stuck in our comfort zones and end up only hiking, camping, or exploring in our own regions of the US When we do end up planning a lavish trip, we end up backpacking across Europe or the Australian outback. Make your next big vacation a road trip to high point with more than just a hike, visit a place you never expected to visit, like hiking Louisiana's Mt. Driskill. The high point is within minutes of where the infamous Bonnie and Clyde made their final stand in a hail of bullets. Since you're “highpointing” in the South you might as well eat some good BBQ. Stop in the town of Ruston, Louisiana just 20 miles east on I-20 just off Exit 84, and pick up the World Famous Scatterload sandwich from Brister's Smokehouse for the best BBQ and sweet tea I've ever had. By adding the high points to your goals, you will end up traveling to all kinds of unique locations off the beat path. Find new unique opportunities for photography, adventure, and places to eat that are not listed on yelp, or the cliche locations everyone visits!

5. The Views are Spectacular!

We all love to hike and camp, but nothing is better than adding a spectacular view to an adventure. There is something special that touches the souls of every man and woman, when we can stand atop a mountain and gaze out as far as the eye can see! I never expected to stand atop so many “flat” states like North Dakota's White Butte that stands tall in the Little Missouri National Grasslands, and be able to take in a 360 degree view. I encourage you not to underestimate any state on the map, because every state will surprise you! From hundreds of waterfalls near Alabama's Cheaha Mt, to hundreds of high Sierra lakes surrounding California's Mt. Whitney!

I hope this article inspires you to get outside more often and enjoy the challenge of the great outdoors with friends and family.

5 Tips For Hiking

1. A GOOD MAP STUDY – Start your trip weeks or days prior to hitting the trail. You do not have to have an exact grid coordinates for where you will camp, but knowing the general area will make the entire trip easier and more comfortable. Buying large general maps and detailed topographic maps of…

1. A GOOD MAP STUDY – Start your trip weeks or days prior to hitting the trail. You do not have to have an exact grid coordinates for where you will camp, but knowing the general area will make the entire trip easier and more comfortable. Buying large general maps and detailed topographic maps of the area will allow you to determine the large general area and then pinpoint the area in which you will hike and camp. These maps will show you which trails you can use, bodies of water, terrain features, elevation lines, etc. Just looking over the map for 15 -20 minutes will help you tremendously. Not knowing your cardinal directions and general land features can turn a causal relaxing move into a survival situation. Although many people might consider it cheating, a GPS is also a great way to prepare for your trip. A GPS can download topographic maps and do most of the work for you, but do not rely on them. Every form of technology will eventually fail, and it will probably happen when you need it most.

2. STUDY WEATHER CONDITIONS – I can not emphasize enough how important this step is. Countless times I have watched the weather change dramatically from a sunny day, to dropping 20-30 degrees with a storm rolling in, before you have time to prepare. At a minimum, look at the weather forecast for the days in which you are on trail, but do not rely on that forecast. Weathermen are the only people in the world who can fail at their job everyday and not get fired, so do your own secondary research. Determine where the weather reader station is located. Sometimes these weather reading stations may be 20 miles away from your campsite and at a totally different elevation. Elevation and terrain play a major role in changing weather conditions. You may be fine camping in 40 degree weather at 10,000 feet nestled in the tree line with zero wind. However, a camper a 1/2 mile away on the other side of the mountain, may have set up camp at 11,000 feet out of the tree line and directly in the path of 30 mph winds. (Temperatures decrease 3.3 degrees when it's overcast and 5.4 degrees when its clear for every thousand feet gained and the windchill will always drop the temperature.) Also, try looking up old archives and averages of weather in the area for the time of year you will be visiting. This will help you determine if you need to bring that extra layer of clothing or an extra liter of water. By studying your map, choosing a good campsite, and understanding the weather where you are camping, you will be more prepared and comfortable.

3. MAKE A LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING – Everyone has the intention of packing light, but ends up with everything but the kitchen sink. The fist step in taking as little as possible is to buy a smaller pack than you think you may need. If you read a guide book that says you need a 60 liter pack, buy or bring a 50 liter pack. Second, make a list of all the camping, survival, and modern amenities you want to bring on the trip. Third, go down that entire list two or three times and try to remove 2 items each time. Depending on the trip, you can more than likely leave home without several items on your list. You may think it is impossible to leave home without water, food or shelter, right? Well if you plan accordingly you can leave it all behind. Now I'm not saying to run out into the wild with only the clothes on your back and a knife in your teeth, but I am trying to save you from carrying unnecessary pounds. Items like water, food, and shelter may already be on the trail if you use a little ingenuity. Collect fresh water from lakes or creeks and catch fish for dinner ever night!

4. DETERMINE PACK LAYOUT – The perfect pack layout can only be determined by you, and you alone. Once you have narrowed down the exact items for your trip, start mixing and matching where they fit best and try on your pack each time. I have never packed my bag right on the first try. Try turning the lights off and test the difficulty of finding essential items in the dark. Can you find your extra batteries in the dark when your headlamp goes out? Plan for the worst, know your gear, and your backpacking trip will be that much more enjoyable.

Of course there is the tried and tested way to pack, but each person has a different pack, different physical fitness level, skill level and body type. What works for the best hiker in the world may not work for you. Get out and test your pack loaded up before a long hike. I follow the basic routine of lightweight items at the bottom (sleeping bag), heavy items in the middle (tent, water) and medium to lightweight items at the top (camp stove, ground pad).

5. TEST AND MAINTAIN EQUIPMENT – Multiple times on trail I've come across someone or been the one with a broken backpack strap, an empty canister of cooking fuel, or a broken tent pole. Sometimes these events can not be avoided and it adds to the fun / challenge of the adventure. But most of the time, they are due to poor planning, and not testing your equipment prior to getting out on trail. Every essential item such as your CamelBak, cooking stove, tent poles and backpack straps must be checked prior to any hike. Checking your CamelBak for leaks, making sure your stove works, checking tent poles for cracks / bends, and checking backpack straps for wear and tear can eliminate the risk to discovering these issues on trail. Not only is checking and testing your gear important, but maintaining is even more essential. Every time after that long weekend in the wild, I just want to throw my pack down and crash on the couch. But being lazy now, and not taking 30 minutes to air out and clean your gear can spell disaster for your next trip. Items hold in moisture and dirt which can turn into mildew and ruin your gear, costing you money, time and comfort. Rinse out items like your CamelBak and cooking equipment, and dry out your tent and sleeping bag. You will be thankful at the start of your next trip.

Extra Tip: BRING SMALL COMFORTS OF HOME – Every time you step out into the unknown it should be a life changing, learning, and memorable experience you enjoy. If you are not having fun then you need to change some things up. You do not have to live off the land or not shower for weeks to feel like you are one with nature. Small facilities from home can mean all the difference. Items I always pack include a small containers with a few different spices, a lemon for flavoring on fresh cuisines fish, and a small cup of pre-made buttered rice or vegetables. These items can make a huge difference in your on trail meal. If you have a vice, do not choose this hike to quit or you will never want to go back. If you are a smoker, addicted to chocolate, or sour patch kids like myself, make sure you bring them along. Smokers just pack out your butts, no one behind you wants to see that in nature and the risk of starting a fire is also a reason to be cautious. Get creative and mix your sweets into your trail mix. Bring some flavored Gatorade or tea packets to mix with the clear fresh mountain water. Whatever your heart desires, bring it with you to make an enjoyable hike into the wild that much more enjoyable.

06 Essential Travel Tips For Solo Female Travelers

With this article today I will be sharing you 06 travel tips for solo female travelers. So if you are a female traveler who likes to go solo and have questions regarding safety then these hacks will certainly help you out in keeping you safe. Being a travel blogger, I always receive emails from my…

With this article today I will be sharing you 06 travel tips for solo female travelers. So if you are a female traveler who likes to go solo and have questions regarding safety then these hacks will certainly help you out in keeping you safe.

Being a travel blogger, I always receive emails from my female readers regarding their safety when they are traveling solo or even with a companion.

I guess we all have heard these lines:

  • The world is not a nice place.
  • This country is not safe
  • You can be a target for locals

Well, screw that!

Yes, there are people who have bad intentions but trust me, the number is very less.

I have traveled to many countries and the places which have been termed as hostile are the ones, where I have found the friendliest people.

Understand one thing, that there are certain situations which are not in our hand. So better ignore it.

So with these 06 travel tips I would try to help you in keeping safe on foreign lands.

So let's start.

  1. Politeness: Politeness and a smiling face is one of the best things a traveler like you can do. In any part of the world, if you keep a smiling face and remain polite most of the hard situations can be tackled.
  2. Saying No: Always keep in mind one thing; if you smell something fishy say 'No'. As most of the times, your Gut feelings have an idea what is coming in front. For example, if someone is trying to be a friend with you and you do not feel good about it, just say 'No' in a polite manner.
  3. Do not Travel During Nights: Yes this is another point which you always keep in mind if you are traveling solo. If you traveling from point A to point B, it is always suggested to cover the distance during morning.
  4. Knowledge Of Scams: Before visiting any country despite it's Britain, India, Malaysia, Russia or any other country you must do your homework on various scams that other travelers face. Doing your homework is a must for anyone. So try doing your research. It will certainly help you in understanding what to do and not do when facing the same issue.
  5. Appropriate Dressing: In some cultures, people prefer modest dressing when visiting churches, mosques, temples and other religious places. In addition, if you have tattoos, try covering it, as not everyone likes it. So always try covering your body and not show your skin in some countries.
  6. Cab safety: Always try to keep your marriages with you in the back seat so that if you need to jump out of the cab, you can do it without any second thought. Next always keep the number of the cab with you, so that in any mishaps you can share the number with police or your near ones.

So here was my 06 travel tips for solo female travelers. Hope you liked it.

How to Make Your Long Holiday More Fun With Great Wall Hikes

The Wall is much more than just an engineering triumph. It is, in fact, one of the direct links with China's legendary emperors that lived in the past. For seeing the Wall, that is made of wood, tamped earth, stone, and brick; snaking over parched sides of the mountains, in north-eastern China, you can make…

The Wall is much more than just an engineering triumph. It is, in fact, one of the direct links with China's legendary emperors that lived in the past. For seeing the Wall, that is made of wood, tamped earth, stone, and brick; snaking over parched sides of the mountains, in north-eastern China, you can make the most of your holidays. If you are associated with specialists then these trek companies will have your itinerary polished. This is because the tours have been researched carefully and well examined before the hiking guide teams launched them. Quality of services and cost are always maintained by reputable operators since they make the most of your holidays doing the following.

The fun activities

Many are way more satisfied with just a day trip. However, for those seeking to explore the Great wall hiking, can indulge in a lot of things. For instance, they can spend nights in boutique hotels, near the Wall and even be asleep inside a watchtower. There are toboggan rides and cable cars for children and cycling can also be done along sections. a helicopter ride is also offered to some tourists and if you are looking forward to something as adventurous as this then you can always be a participant. There are many, who make a combination of the hike with visits to the Qing tombs, Ming tombs, the village of the Ming era at Chuandixia and the Summer Palace of Qing at Chengde.

Escaping crowds

If you want to enjoy Great wall hiking all alone in the company of friends and family then there are trek agencies that do not make you hike through the busy sections. Since the Badaling section stays touristy all the year round, they make it certain that you embark on an original, remote and wild journey. It will also be safe segment coupled being less visited. One gets the opportunity to be walking on the cultural heritage of the world, learn daily lives of locals, enjoy mystical sceneries, communication with farmers and try the local food that will be homemade. The balance between safety and experience will be maintained.

Professional teams for hikes

The teams that will take you to the Wall are well paid, well trained and will be carefully selected. Thus, you are bound to enjoy a genuine and friendly relationship with the guides. Some of them even supply unlimited water during the entire trek and then you will never have to fret over getting re-supplies. One will be able to make the most of the trip by being lost in the magnificence that the Wall has to offer. With the best of guides water, snacks to munch upon and delicious meals, this journey will carve a piece of your heart.

Travel time

To make the most of the hikes it is always advisable that one must make a trip during the spring or autumn time. This is because summers are too hot for trekking and winters, too cold. Temperatures dip to less than zero and the path is snow covered. It can get too challenging. Here, invest your time and energy to make this hike, a hike of a lifetime.

How to Choose the Best Lightweight Backpack

You love traveling but you hate packing? A lot of people can definitely relate. All those heavy and big backpacks can turn any hiking or camping adventure into an annoying painful drag. No matter if you are planning a weekend into the woods, a one day hike or a trek, owning the best lightweight backpack…

You love traveling but you hate packing? A lot of people can definitely relate. All those heavy and big backpacks can turn any hiking or camping adventure into an annoying painful drag. No matter if you are planning a weekend into the woods, a one day hike or a trek, owning the best lightweight backpack is the secret to a successful adventure.

The lighter your backpack is the more fun you will have.

The concept of packing light does not only apply to long distance travelers anymore. The whole idea is appealing to every person that wants to go on an adventure at least once. Because a lightweight backpack is more comfortable allowing you to enjoy your outdoor adventure without a worry in the world, more and more people ask themselves how they can choose the best lightweight backpack.

What do you need to keep in mind when you are shopping for a lightweight backpack?
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How to choose the best lightweight backpack in 5 easy steps: –

-The weight of the backpack-

If the backpack you choose is already heavy without anything in it imagine how much it will weight when you fill it up. Make sure the backpack is made of lightweight but still sturdy material so it will not rip after the first use. Cuben fiber or nylon used in lightweight backpackers make them highly functional and more durable.

-The size of the backpack-

The size of your bag will limit the amount of gear and items you can pack. Do not limit yourself to buy a smaller backpack just because you think it might be more convenient. You may find yourself in the situation to give up vital items for your trip because there will not be any more space for them.

-Waterproofing-

Even waterproof backpacks can leak water through low-quality seams or zippers. Make sure the backpack you choose has waterproof lining and zippers.

-Components and pockets-

Make sure that the main compartment is big enough to fit all of your gear. Any extra compartments should be easy to access and big enough to fit any items you might need in an emergency. Make sure that you also have a bottle holster so you can easily get to your water bottle. Keeping well hydrated while hiking, camping or doing any other activity outdoors is very important.

-Fit, belts, and straps-

A good fit of the backpack it what makes it comfortable. Make sure it is not too big for you and it feels comfortable while wearing. The belts and straps attached to it such as a hip belt, shoulder, and sternum straps should be a good fit and never too tight. They will secure the backpack in place and transfer some of the weight from your back.
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The benefits of a lightweight backpack: –

Because packing light does not necessarily mean leaving behind all the essentials you can choose to pack smart. Keeping in mind your destination or type of adventure you can choose what you really need and what not. You will be surprised how much more fun you will be able to have while not carrying around all that weight on your shoulders.

Choosing to get the best lightweight backpack will:

– Make it easier for you to move around

– Be better for the body

– Cause no more back pains and joint pains

– Reduce the risk of injury

– Allow you to move faster

Choose to buy the best lightweight backpack you can afford. It will absolutely make a difference on the trails.

Top Amazing Places in Patagonia Chile You Must Visit

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is sunny and warm in the Southern Hemisphere. One good way to have a winter vacation is to head to Chile and to Patagonia (that, by the way, also extends to Argentina) and explore nature at its best. One can join a W hike Patagonia tour…

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is sunny and warm in the Southern Hemisphere. One good way to have a winter vacation is to head to Chile and to Patagonia (that, by the way, also extends to Argentina) and explore nature at its best.

One can join a W hike Patagonia tour and explore the most popular circuit of this region with guides to help and arranged accommodation as well as food. Another option is the “O” tour that so many local Chilean tour operators offer. The best way, however, is to set out on your own and explore some amazing places that tour operators do not include in the itinerary.

General Carrera Lake Marble Caves

Close to the Argentinian border lies the General Carrera Lake and here one can find the beautiful marble caves. The experience of getting into a boat and navigating the echoing marble caverns is ethereal and just awe inspiring.

Exploradores Glacier

The marble cave tour over one can set off to the Exploradores glacier, possibly by joining a tour from Puerto Rio Tranquilo and trek to the glacier and try to discover new caves. This Glacier is the coolest one for tourists looking to venture out and explore in truly tough conditions.

Puyuhuapi's Bay

This is one of the tranquil places most tour operators will not include in the schedule but it is a haven of peace and quiet. Located in the Chilean fjords, Puyuhuapi is a small hamlet with campsites where one can stay and marvel at the placid waters, go fishing or go boating.

Queulat National Park and Hanging Glacier

The W Hike takes you to Torres del Paine, an astounding natural park but the Queulat National Park, about 22 km from Puyuhuapi, can be just as interesting, if not more so. It has the wonderful Queulat hanging glacier with a waterfall cascading from between the split, a sight to cherish. Getting there is not easy as one has to trudge through slush but at the end of it, the blue waters and the glacier can be quite rewarding.

Cerro Castillo

Black, blue and white colors come together to perfection at Cerro Castillo, one very special white glacier set against black rock and it leads to a lake with blue waters. Just visiting to the site is an experience in itself and when one comes here, the view is simply gorgeous.

One can trek the most traveled W Hike Patagonia tour in Chile or do more. Of course, taking in Torres Del Paine is a must but there are other equally interesting destinations in Patagonia that give so much more. The more adventurous hikers get a visa for Argentina too and that makes it so much easier to explore that side of Patagonia too. However, a week in Patagonia on the Chilean side is more than sufficient to visit a few interesting must-visit places. Spare more time and you can find even more hidden jewels.

9 Excellent Tips for Hiking in the Heat

Summer is probably the best time for hiking, but at the same time, you can often feel like it's the worst possible time to go outside. The clear skies and long, fresh daylight hours attract most hikers but these skies and long days can bake you in the heat. When the temperature rises, it gets…

Summer is probably the best time for hiking, but at the same time, you can often feel like it's the worst possible time to go outside.

The clear skies and long, fresh daylight hours attract most hikers but these skies and long days can bake you in the heat. When the temperature rises, it gets tough to keep yourself motivated and calm.

You can still enjoy the beautiful outdoors in the same hot weather. You just need to take few precautions before heading out.

Do not let the weather stop you from making some beautiful memories.

Here are few tips for hiking in hot weather that you should know before heading out.

1. Check Weather

Do not just assume that you'd be fine on the trail. Hot weather comes with a lot of risks. It is important to check the weather forecast before planning a trip.

Humidity can be a sign of rainfall. Be prepared in advance.

Thunderstorms are also much more likely to occur when it's hot. Keep yourself safe in all situations. So, check the weather before going out.

2. Start Early or Finish Late

Another good way to avoid heat is to start your trip early in the morning or in the late afternoon or evening. Skip the midday heat, do not hike between 11 am to 3 pm Hike during the coolest time of day. Be an Early Bird or a Night Owl.

3. Choose Your Trail Wisely

Hiking in a shady forest is different from on an uncoovered mountain pass. So, it's important to choose your trail wisely. Your trail should include shady sections where you can rest for few minutes.

Try to find a trail that runs along running water / river.

You can get drinking water easily
You'll be able to refresh yourself and cool down.
A trail at a lower height is preferred if the weather is going to be hot because a higher trail offers a lower amount of oxygen and stronger UV rays.

4. Light Apparel

In hot weather hiking, try to wear synthetic clothes as you'll definitely sweat a lot and moisture-wicking clothes can prevent irritation.

It is better that you wear long sleeve shirts, hiking pants, and fine quality boots. The more of your body you can shield from the sun, the happier you'll be.

Your boots should have made up of breathable fabric so wet feet will not represent a problem during your hike. Your clothes should be in loose-fitting as it will allow for better airflow, which keeps you cooler.

5. Keep Yourself Hydrated

Staying hydrated is the key to every successful outdoor adventure. This is particularly essential when you're hiking in hot weather.

Your body loses about one liter of water per hour on a regular hike. A challenging outing in hot weather can double that amount. Make sure you replenish, otherwise you'll get dehydrated during a hike in hot weather.

6. Eat Salty Snacks

A hot weather hike will result in copious sweating. As water is essential to restore your body fluid levels, it's equally important to restock the electrolytes lost through sweat. The most important ones are potassium and sodium. They play a major role in managing your energy levels.

Make sure to bring plenty of snacks that have complex carbs. Do not go for simple carbs like sugary drinks and candy. You can have energy bars or fruit as they are great sources of complex carbs.

7. Take Regular Breaks

Continuous hiking in hot weather is near to impossible. Your tired body needs few minutes to relax. Regular breaks also allow your body to cool down and sweat to evaporate.

Put your backpack down, lay down, and give your body some much-needed rest. Drink water and have some snacks to restock your energy that will keep you going for the next few hours.

You may also want to take off your hiking boots and airing your feet and sweaty socks.

8. Be Aware of Heat Stroke

Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke. Listen to your body and it will tell you when you can push yourself and when it's time to coast. Eat when you're hungry, rest when you're feeling tired.

Common signs of heat stroke

Throbbing headache
Dizziness
Muscle cramps
Nausea
Disorientation or confusion
Lack of sweating, despite hot temperatures
If you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms, immediately find shade and try to cool down as soon as possible.

9. Protect Your Skin

In such a hot weather, it is important that you take care of your skin.

Sunburns can damage your skin
They also affect body's ability to cool itself, thus increasing risks of dehydration.
Apply a sunscreen with an SPF 30+, 30 minutes before heading out. Put it underneath your clothes as well.
Wear a hat or head covering to ensure that your head and neck area does not get too hot. Apply plenty of sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses
“Better safe than sorry” is always a good motto to live by.

Always carry a cell phone and let others know where you will be hiking. In case you run into trouble for any reason you'll be able to make a call for immediate help. So, do not just sit back thinking how hot the weather will be. Plan, prepare well, and head out!