Posts Tagged ‘hiking gear’

Hiking Gear Checklist: COAST’s Most Popular Hiking Info

Monday, August 13th, 2012

camping gear scoreHere at COAST, we aim to provide helpful information for campers, backpackers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. As peak hiking season hits, we’ve compiled some of our most popular hiking-related resources to help enrich your outdoor experience and keep you safe on the trail:

5 Desert Hiking Tips. Learn the best time of day to hike in the desert, as well as quintessential hiking gear to bring, including an LED flashlight or headlamp. This post also includes tips to help you compensate for the extraordinary dryness and quickly shifting temperatures of a desert environment.


New Article: Mud Hiking!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Mud HikingCoast published a new article this month called “Mud Season Hiking: How to Stay Safe” by Ben Nystrom. The article offers practical advice on hiking trails in late winter and early spring when mud is prevalent on trails, making them potentially hazardous to both hikers and the surrounding environment.

Nystrom opens by briefly explaining that mud season is simply melting snow and rain that saturate the ground, creating massive amounts of mud. As he continues, he makes a number of crucial observations about hiking trails during this particular season that will help keep you safe as well as content along the way.


Must-Haves for Seasonal Hiking

Monday, October 12th, 2009

A multi-tool is a great companion for hiking.

I read an informative pair of articles today about appropriate gear and clothing for hiking. Since I recently published a post about fall and winter outdoor opportunities, I thought the connection was aptly timed. So, if you’re getting geared up to venture out into the fall or winter weather, read on for some great tips and advice.


Camping Tips for Beginners

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

If you’re looking to venture into the Great Outdoors for the first time this summer (and you should), I read an article recently that offered a number of suggestions for ensuring your first experience camping is a positive one. Because, well, what part of sleeping outside on the ground far away from civilization doesn’t sound appealing?

Here’s the advice that outdoor expert Georges Seguin has to offer:


Hiking the Appalachians

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Maine Chapter will host authors Ron and Nancy Chase on Thursday, October 23, 2008.  Ron and Nancy, AMC Maine Executive Committee alumni, will give a presentation on hiking the scenic mountains of New England.



Hike Mount St. Helens Blast Zone

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Oregon Peak Adventures and Portland Community College have paired up to offer a Hike the Blast Course through the Recreation and Wellness Department.  The course is a 12 mile hike in the mountains blast zone and covers crossing the Pumice Plain to Loowit Falls located at the base of “The Breech.”  Participants will hike to Windy Ridge from there and be picked up.  The course includes a classroom orientation on October 2, 2008 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. The hike will be on October 5.  The area is rich in history and natural beauty. Participants will get to discuss the 1980 eruption and how the area has changed and grown since the blast.

The course costs $150 per person plus $29 for tuition.


Florida Hiking Festival Kicks Off This Friday

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The highly anticipated Florida Hiking Festival, part of the Florida Trails Association’s annual conference, is kicking off Friday, March 28th in White Springs. The participants will have the option to take on several different hikes, all starting in White Springs in Suwannee County.  Hikers of all skill levels will be able to hike the Florida Trail, Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, and some other off-road bike trails.  Demonstrations and educational seminars about the hiking area and safety will also take place during the weekend.

To register, call 1-877-Hike-FLA or register onsite on Friday. The festival will run through March 30th.

Hiking Gear For the Tech Junkie

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

New hiking software is now available for download to your blackberry to aid hikers in monitoring their health and safety while hiking this spring. The All Sport GPS program and the Trimble Outdoors program are both designed to track how far you have hiked, how many calories you are burning, and map your route. Many hikers these days take a cell phone with them to be able to call in case of an emergency or at least be tracked by the internal GPS tracking units inside. Adding a hiking software that can keep you safer and help you monitor your progress is a smart, easy addition to that piece of hiking equipment. 

Both programs are free for 30 days and then run for $5.99 per month or $39.99 for a year.