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Working Out Outside: 5 Reasons Outdoor Fitness Beats The Gym

Working Out Outside: 5 Reasons Outdoor Fitness Beats The Gym

Want to find a reliable workout that will bring you the same results as the gym? What about results that go beyond what you can achieve at the gym?

Enter the outdoors: your personal playground. This nature-made fitness center is devoid of doors and walls and full of wonder and adventure. 

The outdoors is your new, next-level exercise outlet, and it’s even better than the gym.

Read on to find out why you should cancel your gym membership and subscribe to the great outdoors.

How to Hike Smart and Recreate Responsibly During the Days of Covid-19

How to Hike Smart and Recreate Responsibly During the Days of Covid-19

Are you being a responsible hiker during your 52 Hike Challenge? And what does it mean to recreate responsibly while on-trail? Find out how to practice hiking etiquette. Discover the 7 Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles. Get hiking tips to stay safe during Covid-19, and more. Learn how to #RecreateResponsibly right now.

Backpacking Gear Must Haves: The Ten Essentials You Need If You Love The Outdoors

Backpacking Gear Must Haves:  The Ten Essentials You Need If You Love The Outdoors

If you love spending time in the great outdoors, then you need to know about the Ten Essentials. The Ten Essentials are the items you should bring with you on all your outdoor adventures. Whether you’re camping, hiking or backpacking, get ready to learn the must-haves for you to stay safe while on the trail or at camp.

Diversity In The Outdoors: BIPOC-Led Organizations & BIPOC Hikers Who Inspire Us

Diversity In The Outdoors: BIPOC-Led Organizations & BIPOC Hikers Who Inspire Us

The outdoors should be a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable place for everyone, regardless of the color of their skin.

At the 52 Hike Challenge, we are committed to promoting inclusivity in the outdoors and amplifying the voices of our BIPOC brothers and sisters. We are choosing to do this by spotlighting inspirational BIPOC-led outdoor communities and BIPOC hikers. Hear from each organization and individual in their own voices below.

Read on to find out who we're following and what they're doing to create positive change in the outdoor recreation space.

Moms Who Hike: How Hiking With Kids Can Strengthen Bonds

Moms Who Hike: How Hiking With Kids Can Strengthen Bonds

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you amazing #MomsWhoHike!

Thank you for choosing to share the trails with your kiddos. We know it’s not always easy, but the bonding time is always worth it. In fact, hiking with your kids can help strengthen your bond in many ways. In this special blog, we're celebrating some of the incredible mommas in our 52 Hike Challenge community.
Don't see your mom featured? Give her a shoutout in the comments!

11 Simple Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day Even If You Can’t Go Hiking

11 Simple Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day Even If You Can’t Go Hiking

Depending on where you live, your local trails might be closed this Earth Day.

And as disappointing as that may be, there are still some small things you can do to feel connected to nature and show your respects. 

Here are 11 things you can do to celebrate Earth Day, even if you can’t go hiking. #idratherbehiking 

The Dos And Don’ts of Hiking With Your Dog And Other Pets

The Dos And Don’ts of Hiking With Your Dog 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.

Must See National Monuments To Add To Your Bucket List

Must See National Monuments To Add To Your Bucket List

You've heard of national parks, but have you explored any national monuments yet?

If not, you're missing out. Often, national monuments are less crowded than national parks, making for a more intimate experience with the special land. 

There are 128 national monuments in the United States alone.

Learn the significance of national monuments, find out why you need to explore them, and discover our top picks for national monuments you can hike in - they all count for your 52 Hike Challenge National Parks Series!

Planning Your Hikes & Goal Setting For Your 52 Hike Challenge

Planning Your Hikes & Goal Setting For Your 52 Hike Challenge

Are you just starting your #52HikeChallenge2020 and need a little help finding trails and planning your hikes?

Planning your hikes may seem challenging when you first begin the 52 Hike Challenge, but we're here to help.

Since you’re going to be getting outside a lot, we would like to guide you through how to plan your hikes and set goals to help you succeed on your 52 Hike Challenge journey.

Read on to start planning your hikes now!

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.

Hiking Safety: Injuries, Illnesses, Animal Encounters, Inclement Weather And More

Hiking Safety: Injuries, Illnesses, Animal Encounters, Inclement Weather And More

Do you know what to do if you encounter an aggressive animal on the trail? What about if your hiking partner shows signs of dehydration or heat stroke? What if a thunderstorm or wildfire comes out of nowhere?

While hiking is usually a pleasant experience full of great views and bonding time with your hiking buddies, the unexpected can happen at any time.

When you practice hiking safety, you reduce your risk of…

  • Dehydration
  • Heatstroke
  • An animal attack
  • Getting stuck in inclement weather 
  • Getting lost in the wilderness

And much, much more.

 Of course, most of these hiking mishaps are out of your control. That’s why knowing how to react to hiking emergencies is not only important - it’s essential.

We want you to have fun and enjoy nature, but we also want you to be safe on the trails. 

Keep reading to learn…

  • What to carry with you on ALL your hikes
  • How to avoid dehydration, heat stroke and injuries
  • What to do if you see a bear, mountain lion or rattlesnake
  • How to plan for and react to extreme weather
  • What to do if you get lost in the wilderness

And much more.

The New 52 Hike Challenge Kids Series: Encouraging Kids To Get Outdoors

The New 52 Hike Challenge Kids Series: Encouraging Kids To Get Outdoors

Now more than ever, it's so important to get kids in nature. Taking a hike can help kids boost creativity, improve mental wellbeing, increase physical fitness, and the list goes on! At 52 Hike Challenge, we are firm believers that nature heals. And it's time to share the healing power of hiking with our youth. Read on to learn about our NEW much-anticipated 52 Hike Challenge Kids Series now.