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

Winter Hiking Tips: 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!

Your Seasonal Poison Ivy Update: How To Prevent And Treat A Poison Ivy Outbreak

Your Seasonal Poison Ivy Update: How To Prevent And Treat A Poison Ivy Outbreak

Did you know poison ivy is still active even when no leaves are present?

As we step into fall, please keep in mind that poisonous plants are still a threat to you, your kids — and even your pets!

Poison ivy contains a potent and resilient oil called urushiol, which is present not only on leaves but also on the vine of the plant.

When this oil comes into contact with your skin, it can result in a rash that welts and blisters.

We know first-hand how uncomfortable a poison ivy reaction can be, so we talked to our friends and poisonous plant experts at Tecnu to understand how to avoid contact with poison ivy and what to do if you happen to encounter it.

Stay safe while hiking this fall. Read on to find out what to look for and how to treat poison ivy now.

The Beginners Guide To Camping

The Beginners Guide To Camping

New to camping and not sure where to begin?

If you’ve never camped before, you’re in for a real treat: starry nights enjoying s’mores around the campfire and beautiful days spent hiking in the wilderness.

Are you ready to camp but not ready to give up all the comforts of home?

Car camping is a great way to spend the night in nature while staying close to modern day conveniences. Drive right up, park your car, and pitch your tent. 

All of us on the 52 Hike Challenge team have had at least one botched camping trip, and we’re here to help you avoid common mistakes that can make or break your experience.

In this Ultimate Camping Guide for Beginners, you’ll find tips from the 52 team on how to go camping safely and comfortably — and have lots of fun while you’re at it.

Hiking Safety: Hiking in the Heat

Hiking Safety: Hiking in the Heat

During summer it may be smart to avoid hiking in the heat-of-the-day, but with proper planning you can still enjoy your weekly hikes! Here are some tips on staying safe when hiking in the heat.

The Best Backpacking Gear Checklist

The Best Backpacking Gear Checklist

As you've been hiking away, you will naturally evolve and want to try backpacking, which opens up a treasure trove of opportunities.

We've compiled a backpacking gear checklist to help you get started on your backpacking journey safely!

Pride Outside: Connect With These LGBTQIA+ Outdoor Organizations & Individuals

Pride Outside: Connect With These LGBTQIA+ Outdoor Organizations & Individuals

Celebrate Pride Outside! Together let’s make the outdoors more inclusive. In this blog, you will find LGBTQIA+ hikers and outdoor organizations we encourage you to connect with during and after Pride Month. Plus, peek at the new 52 Hike Challenge Limited Edition Pride T-shirt, only available during Pride Month.

National Trails Day®: Give Back To The Trails That Give So Much To You

National Trails Day®: Give Back To The Trails That Give So Much To You

Celebrate National Trails Day with us by taking the #NationalTrailsDay Pledge!

Join 52 Hike Challenge and the American Hiking Society on Saturday, June 5 (National Trails Day 2021) to leave the trail better than you found it. Get tips for your clean-up hike and find out how you can give back to the trails that give so much to you. 

Outdoor First Aid Kit For Your Pets

Outdoor First Aid Kit For Your Pets

Are you packing everything you need in order to keep your pet safe and healthy while on the trail?

Two 52 Hike Challenge community members helped us create this blog on First Aid Kits for Hiking with Your Pet. Thank you Elyssa and Katharine (Katie) LaVacca, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, for sharing this information. 

"I am a veterinarian, working in New York, specializing in the care of domestic animals primarily dogs and cats. As more people are hitting the trails with their furry friends, I want to draw awareness to being prepared for yourself and also your pup, should an injury occur."
- Katie LaVacca, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Read this blog so you can step outside and safely enjoy a hike with your pet!

Happy Earth Month 2021! Here’s How You Can Celebrate Earth Day This Year

Happy Earth Month 2021! Here’s How You Can Celebrate Earth Day This Year

April is Earth Month, and Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd.

Now is the perfect time to think about how you can give back to our planet and celebrate Mother Earth.

We know the world still looks a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can’t take part! You can practice Earth appreciation from home or while recreating responsibly.

This year, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore the Earth.”

In this blog, you will find ways to educate yourself and take action toward protecting our planet. Plus, you’ll also learn how to practice “Earthing” and get an opportunity to win some eco-minded products!

Keep reading to discover lots of unique ways to connect with Earth this year.

Influential Women In The Wilderness: 52 Hike Challenge Celebrates Women’s History Month

Influential Women In The Wilderness:  52 Hike Challenge Celebrates Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month!

To celebrate, we are highlighting some of the most influential women in the wilderness. 

Keep reading to learn about Female Founders, Thought Leaders, Community Builders, and Pioneers in the Outdoors.