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Beyond The 10 Essentials: Do You Have This Hiking Gear in Your Daypack?

Beyond The 10 Essentials:  Do You Have This Hiking Gear in Your Daypack?

This blog is published in partnership with Tecnu What’s in your hiking daypack? If you’ve been hiking with the 52 Hike Challenge community for a ...

Finisher Feature - T Anthony Bland: Finding Healing From Loss in the Wild

Finisher Feature - T Anthony Bland: Finding Healing From Loss in the Wild

Hear from T Anthony Bland, a 52 Hike Challenge finisher, on how taking 52 hikes helped him connect with his daughter and heal from the tragic loss of his wife. Together, the two hiked to heal and joined a welcoming community that helped them accomplish their goal.

Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Do you want to start hiking with kids? Do you already bring your littles on hikes with you, but you’re looking for unique ways to keep them motivated and engaged?

We’ve got you covered!

In this blog, you’ll find 10 tips to keep kids curious and excited about hitting the trails. First let’s talk about what our youth will love about spending time in the great outdoors.

Training for Mount Whitney: Preparation, Permits, Safety & More

Training for Mount Whitney: Preparation, Permits, Safety & More

 Is climbing Mount Whitney on your hiking bucket list?

As preliminary permits for Mount Whitney start to roll out, now is the perfect time to talk about how to prepare for conquering large peaks.

Get ready to discover:

  • What makes Mount Whitney such a popular mountain to climb
  • The process of scoring a permit to hike Mount Whitney
  • How to plan, prepare and train for Mount Whitney
  • When to turn around instead of hiking on
  • Mount Whitney safety tips

Keep in mind climbing peaks takes time and determination — not just while you’re on the trail but well before you set out. 

In this guide, we put together an in-depth formula for how you can train for a successful summit on Mount Whitney, plus a whole lot more.

How to Stay Motivated During Your 52 Hike Challenge

How to Stay Motivated During Your 52 Hike Challenge

Now is the perfect time to set new goals. But how often do people actually stick to their New Year’s goals and resolutions?

According to a study by Strava, roughly 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions and will abandon these goals in the first couple months of the new year. Another study found that over half of New Year goals are health related.

So, how can you beat the odds and commit to your goals in order to make positive change in your life?

That’s what we’re going to talk about in this blog, and it all starts with goal setting. Discover 10 Tips to Stay Accountable to Your Goals now.

Hiking Footwear 101: Pro Tips & Finding The Right Fit

Hiking Footwear 101: Pro Tips & Finding The Right Fit

Are you looking for the perfect pair of hiking boots or shoes? Do you always end up with blisters or hot spots on your feet after hiking?

Whether you’re brand new to hiking or you’ve been hiking for a while, but you can’t seem to find the right fit, this blog on Hiking Footwear 101 will help you!

To bring you the most accurate information possible, we sat down with hiking footwear expert Krystina Beatty. Krystina is an Outreach Specialist at Oboz Footwear, a leader in hiking footwear innovation and design.

If you have questions on how to keep your feet happy while hiking, you’ll definitely want to read this.

In this blog you will learn:

  • How to find the right shoe size for your hiking adventures
  • How to avoid blisters and hot spots while hiking
  • Which style of hiking boot or shoe is best for you
  • Pro tips on waterproof vs ventilated hiking footwear
  • The difference between lows and mids, and more!

Don’t Get Lost Hiking: How To Avoid A Search And Rescue Mission & Stay Safe On The Trail

Don’t Get Lost Hiking: How To Avoid A Search And Rescue Mission & Stay Safe On The Trail

Have you ever gotten lost on the trail? Do you know what to do if you get lost while hiking? We asked you these questions in an Instagram stories p...

Over 50 Outside Update: 3 Incredible Months of Hiking Adventures, Motivation & Empowerment

Over 50 Outside Update: 3 Incredible Months of Hiking Adventures, Motivation & Empowerment

Back in September 2021, we launched Over 50 Outside, a brand new program that empowers women over the age of 50 to get outside and take 52 hikes.

  • 2,600+ applied for this program
  • 150 women were selected
  • 5 brands came together to make this program possible
  • 3 months have passed since they started - let's see how it's going!

In this blog, you will discover what the Over 50 Outside group has been up to and how this program has changed, challenged and inspired them so far.

 

 

Read on to hear from the women themselves and find out what a year of hiking and community can do for you.

Inclusivity Outdoors: Resources for Building a More Mindful & Inclusive Outdoor Community

Inclusivity Outdoors: Resources for Building a More Mindful & Inclusive Outdoor Community

Here at the 52 Hike Challenge, we are gifted with a diverse community of hikers (like you!) that come from many different cultures and backgrounds. You are so important to our mission to create a mindful and inclusive space for all. 

In our ongoing efforts to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone, we compiled a list of resources to help you join the inclusivity outdoors movement.

Pandemic Mental Health: The Many Mental Health Benefits Of Hiking

Pandemic Mental Health: The Many Mental Health Benefits Of Hiking

Did you know that hiking can help reduce stress and sadness?

As we continue to adapt to life during a global pandemic, mental health challenges continue to arise. In one way or another, everyone has been affected by COVID-19.

The good news is that we are also discovering a great antidote to pandemic-related stress, anxiety and depression: getting outside.

For centuries, great minds have spoken of the mental health benefits of spending time in nature. Here at the 52 Hike Challenge, we too believe in the healing power of the great outdoors.

In this blog, you will learn how to improve your mental health through hiking regularly - once a week - for a year.

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

Hiking Gear Review: The New REI Flash Hiking Boots - Trail Tested & Approved

Hiking Gear Review: The New REI Flash Hiking Boots - Trail Tested & Approved

This blog post is brought to you in partnership with REI

Every hiker loves a new pair of hiking boots. Don’t you agree?

When REI asked if our team at 52 Hike Challenge would test their new hiking boots, it was like Christmas came early!

Spoiler: these boots would be a great Christmas gift for the hiker in your life!

In this hiking boot review, you will find insights from 52 Hike Challenge co-founder Karla Amador and lead content creator Mandi Carozza. 

Get ready to discover:

  • Our favorite features of REI’s newest product release
  • How the REI Flash boots held up while hiking in many different environments
  • Technical specifications and product details
  • Why we love these hiking boots
and more!