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Rain Gear Recommendations for Your 52 Hike Challenge

Rain Gear Recommendations for Your 52 Hike Challenge

Hiking year-round means you’ll encounter all the elements throughout your 52 Hike Challenge: you will have some sunny days and some rainy ones.

While you might find it more challenging to get outside when it’s cloudy or if precipitation is in the forecast, hiking in the rain can actually be a relaxing and enjoyable experience – with the proper preparation and gear.

This blog is dedicated to the days when you might make an excuse to stay inside, but these gear recommendations will change all of that. In fact, once you have rain gear, you might even look forward to the “less desirable” days on the trail.

In this rain gear guide, you will discover…

  • What rain gear is and why it’s useful for your hiking challenge
  • The difference between water resistant, water repellent & waterproof
  • The anatomy of a rain jacket including layers and materials to look for
  • Our favorite rain jackets for men and women
  • Gear recommendations for gaiters, rain covers and much more
  • Additional tips for what to wear in wet conditions

Now it’s time to gear up so you can stay dry while hiking towards 52. 

Hiking Tips: How to Clean & Re-Waterproof Your Hiking Gear

Hiking Tips: How to Clean & Re-Waterproof Your Hiking Gear

Are you giving your hiking gear the care it deserves?

You're going to be using your hiking boots, shoes and other hiking gear a lot during the 52 Hike Challenge – with a full year of weekly hikes (52 to be exact), your gear will be getting a lot of love!

This means your hiking gear will naturally wear and start to lose its waterproofing. But this doesn’t mean it’s time for new gear — it simply indicates it’s time for you to give it a glow up.

When you regularly clean and re-waterproof your gear, you extend its life expectancy so you can use it on many more hiking adventures to come.

Not only will this save you the money of buying all new gear (we know how quickly it adds up), but it will also help you recreate in a sustainable way.

So, how can you keep your gear clean and maintain its optimal water repellency? 

In this new hiking blog, you will discover:

  • The importance of cleaning water repellent gear 
  • Tips and tricks for extending the life of your waterproof hiking gear 
  • What DWR is and how it works on your technical gear
  • How and when to reapply DWR to your gear
  • How to use technical cleaning & waterproofing products

And more!

Hiking Footwear: 5 Questions to Ask When Selecting Your New Hiking Shoes or Hiking Boots

Hiking Footwear: 5 Questions to Ask When Selecting Your New Hiking Shoes or Hiking Boots

We heard you might be looking for a new pair of hiking boots or shoes. Good news: we partnered with Oboz Footwear to answer your questions about selecting the right hiking footwear for you.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or you’re brand new to our favorite pastime, this blog will help you understand which shoes and boots will work best for your specific hiking needs.

Get ready to learn how to select the most supportive and comfortable hiking footwear for you.

Spring Hiking Guide: Rain, Wildflowers, Mosquitoes & More

Spring Hiking Guide: Rain, Wildflowers, Mosquitoes & More

‘Tis the season for more sunshine and time spent outside. It’s also the season for more mud and mosquitoes. But that shouldn't hold you back from continuing your 52 Hike Challenge.

In this Spring Hiking Guide, we’ll equip you with all the tips, tools and resources you need for hiking during this season of greener grass and blooming wildflowers.

From gearing up for the rain to repelling pesty insects and enjoying wildflower blooms responsibly, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re taking 52 hikes throughout the year or you’re crushing the 52 Hike Challenge Spring Series, this information will be helpful for you to enjoy the outdoors throughout the season.

Get ready to learn about rain gear, wildflower etiquette, mosquito deterrents and more!

Trekking Poles: Trusted Trail Companions for Your Hiking Challenge

Trekking Poles: Trusted Trail Companions for Your Hiking Challenge

When you’re hiking uphill, do you ever wish you had an extra boost? Do your knees ever hurt when you’re going down the mountain? Do you want to transform your 52 hikes into a full body workout?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, trekking poles are a great gear investment for you.

If you don’t have any experience with trekking poles or if you’re curious to learn more about their significance, you’ll find out everything you need to know in our latest hiking blog.

Get ready to learn…

  • What trekking poles are
  • Who can benefit from trekking poles
  • How to use trekking poles for hiking
  • The many types of trekking poles
  • Trekking pole gear recommendations 

Whether you want to get your arms involved in your 52 hikes or if you’re in need of a little more support for your lower body, trekking poles will be a friend to you.

Layering for Hiking: What to Wear for Every Season of Your 52 Hikes

Layering for Hiking: What to Wear for Every Season of Your 52 Hikes

Are you the best dressed on the trail? We’re not talking about looking fashionable while hiking – we’re referring to wearing layers so that you can keep hiking in all kinds of weather.

Since the 52 Hike Challenge runs all year long, you’ll be hiking in every season. This means your layering system will vary depending on the time of year. Whenever you step foot outside for a day in the outdoors, you’ll want to ensure you’re wearing a solid system of layers. 

In this blog, we will discuss hiking clothing and how to layer strategically so you always stay comfortable on your 52 hikes. You will get hiking outfit ideas for every season, and you will learn how to layer for optimum protection from the elements.

Get ready to discover:

  • The importance of layering for hiking
  • The main hiking layers to wear on the trail
  • Tips for layering in every season, including winter hiking layers
  • Layering systems for cold weather, warm weather, wet weather and more
  • Hiking clothing recommendations for every layer 

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiking With Dogs and Other Pets

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiking With Dogs and Other Pets

Step into nature with your four-legged hiking buddy and enjoy all the benefits!

When you bring your dog, cat, goat, hedgehog, etc. on your hikes, it can be a very special and rewarding experience for both of you. It will be difficult to tell who loves it more — you or your pet!

Have you hiked with a pet before? Do you know the dos and don’ts of bringing pets on the trail?

In order for hiking with dogs and other pets to be enjoyable, it’s important for you to be informed. In this blog, you will learn how to hike with your pet responsibly. 

Keep yourself, your pet, and others safe by learning The Dos and Don'ts of Hiking With Pets right now.

Your New Hiking Backpack: How to Pick the Right Pack for Your 52 Hikes

Your New Hiking Backpack: How to Pick the Right Pack for Your 52 Hikes

Now that you’re signed up for the 52 Hike Challenge, it’s time to gear up for all of your 52 hikes!

There’s a lot of gear out there and you definitely don’t need to buy everything all at once, but there is one necessary item you may want to invest in right away: a hiking daypack.

From water and snacks to a rain jacket and sunscreen, your hiking backpack will enable you to carry the Ten Essentials and anything else you may want to bring on your hiking adventures. For example, your camera and tripod, journal, hammock, etc.

When it comes to choosing the right daypack for you, there are many options in terms of size, comfort level, colors, specific uses, material and much more.

In this blog about choosing the perfect hiking daypack for you, we will cover…

  • What to look for in hiking backpack design
  • The ideal capacity for your hiking daypack
  • Key features to look for in a hiking pack
  • How to find a backpack that fits you

Plus, we’ll gear you up with details on some of our favorite packs, including why we love them and where you can find them.

After all, a reliable daypack is necessary for a fun and safe experience outdoors.

Get ready to learn everything you need to know before you choose a hiking daypack for your 52 Hike Challenge.

GPS for Hiking: A Guide for Navigating On-Trail

GPS for Hiking: A Guide for Navigating On-Trail

Embarking on a hiking adventure is an exhilarating experience, but ensuring you stay on the right path is crucial for a safe and enjoyable journey.

GPS units have become indispensable tools for hikers, providing accurate navigation, real-time tracking, and essential information about the terrain. Your GPS can alert your loved ones if you need help, and it can assist in search & rescue should you ever get into an emergency situation.

When taking a commitment like the 52 Hike Challenge, we recommend you consider some form of GPS tracking for your adventures, and if you’re hiking alone, we believe it’s a mandatory piece of gear to carry. After all, Navigation (including a map, compass and GPS unit) is one of the Ten Essentials for hiking and outdoor recreation.

In this blog we will...

  • Talk about your options when choosing a GPS for hiking
  • Explore each GPS unit's unique features and benefits
  • Discuss how to choose the right GPS for your hiking adventures

Winter Hiking Guide: Your Guide To Cold Weather Hiking During The 52 Hike Challenge

Winter Hiking Guide: Your Guide To Cold Weather Hiking During The 52 Hike Challenge

The 52 Hike Challenge runs all year long, which means you will likely be hiking in cold, snowy conditions during your hiking challenge. 

If winter hiking sounds a little daunting to you, you’re not alone. One of the most common questions we get asked is how to stay committed to 52 hikes during the winter season.

Well, good news: we’re here to tell you winter hiking is actually a lot of fun! As long as you’re well-prepared, you will love getting outdoors in the wintertime.

In this winter hiking guide, you will learn:

  • How to stay safe, warm and dry during winter hikes
  • What to wear while hiking in cold and snowy conditions
  • Gear essentials and recommendations for winter hiking
  • Wintertime snacks and nutrition while on-trail
  • Educational resources for winter hiking

And so much more

Aging Outside: How Women Over 50 Are Reclaiming the Outdoors Through Hiking

Aging Outside: How Women Over 50 Are Reclaiming the Outdoors Through Hiking

Are you ever too old to get outside?

Absolutely not! Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Instead, aging is an invitation to embrace the years ahead with intention. It is an opportunity to set goals for your next chapter of life and seek to find what fills your cup and fuels your adventurous spirit.

In our humble opinion, hiking is the perfect way to do just that!

After all, spending time in nature has all kinds of healing benefits for people of all ages.

  • Physical activity helps keep joints healthy and mobile.
  • Being outside helps you unplug and be in the present moment.
  • Spending time outdoors can help improve cognitive function.
  • Taking a walk in nature can lessen stress and anxiety.

And so much more.

Even though we know getting outside is great for all ages, we don’t often see the 50+ community represented in outdoor content – especially women.

That’s why Over 50 Outside was created.

Summer Hiking, Camping & Backpacking: Hydration Systems for Your Outdoor Adventures

Summer Hiking, Camping & Backpacking:  Hydration Systems for Your Outdoor Adventures

This blog is published in partnership with Hydrapak Did you know it’s recommended for the average person to consume two liters of water per day wi...