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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

Gear Review: The Oboz Katabatic Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved for Your Summer Hikes

Gear Review: The Oboz Katabatic Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved for Your Summer Hikes

Are you ready to hit the trails this summer?

Whether you’re signing up for the 52 Hike Challenge Summer Series or continuing to crush your 2023 hiking challenge, you will be getting out there a lot this summer – at least once a week!

That’s why it’s so important that your feet are comfortable while you’re exploring. That way, you can focus on enjoying all your hikes instead of stressing about hot spots and blisters.

Temperatures are warming up, and it’s the perfect time to trade in your hiking boots for a lighter, more breathable option.

Luckily, we took it upon ourselves to research the very best summer hiking shoe for you and your 52 Hike Challenge summer hiking adventures:

The Oboz Footwear Katabatic Collection.

Hiking Gear Review: The Oboz Sawtooth X Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved

Hiking Gear Review: The Oboz Sawtooth X Hiking Shoes - Trail Tested & Approved

At 52 Hike Challenge, we love Oboz Footwear because they have great quality hiking shoes and as a company, they really care about their customers' feet - and the planet! Hear why our founders fell in love with their new Sawtooth X hiking shoe.

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 ...

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!

Hiking Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts For Hikers You Can Find At REI

Hiking Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts For Hikers You Can Find At REI

Looking for the perfect gift for the hiker in your life? The team at 52 Hike Challenge curated a list of our top 10 gifts for hikers of all ages and skill levels -- we even included a special treat for your pup! You can find all of these awesome items at your local REI.

Guess what?! We will be giving away each of these items in partnership with REI! Simply enter your info at the bottom of this page, then follow us on social to find out how you can gain extra entries!

Check out our Top 10 Hiking Gifts handpicked by your friends at 52 Hike Challenge now.

Review: Keen Targhee III MID Waterproof Hiking Boots

Review: Keen Targhee III MID Waterproof Hiking Boots

Today I'm reviewing my Keen Targhee III MID Waterproof Hiking Boots. Keen kindly sent these to me last year in preparation of my John Muir Trail th...

Gear Review: Stay Alive Hiker's Pack

Gear Review: Stay Alive Hiker's Pack

Safety is the word when you're out on the trail. Which is why you must always (yes, always) carry your 10 essentials. But knowing exactly what to get, or even remembering to pack all of them, can be a overwhelming for some. Check out our gear review of the Stay Alive Hiker's Pack.

Making Strides: 52 Hike Challenge In The Press & Our New Partnership With Camp California

Making Strides: 52 Hike Challenge In The Press & Our New Partnership With Camp California

We were humbled to see our name on Fox40 not too long ago, and we're so excited about our new partnership with Camp California! It's great to see that our hiking challenge is making a difference in the community. Read on to find trail recommendations from Camp California, and sign up for your 52 Hike Challenge 2020 now!

Using the Cairn App to Track Your 52 Hikes!

Using the Cairn App to Track Your 52 Hikes!

Our friends at Cairn created a video showing how you can track your 52 Hikes using their app. The app is cool because it has local trails, you can...

8 Easy Ways You Can Opt To Act Starting Right Now

8 Easy Ways You Can Opt To Act Starting Right Now

This blog post is brought to you in sponsorship with REI Did you know there are over 50 billion pieces of litter lingering on United States roadwa...