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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.

Guest Blog: Your Hiking Guide to 55 West Coast Fire Lookouts

Guest Blog: Your Hiking Guide to 55 West Coast Fire Lookouts

There’s nothing quite like a good hike to clear the brain, recharge, take in the views and get those muscles working.

But with endless options of great hiking trails all over the U.S., it can be difficult to decide which one to tackle next. Of course, we all have our bucket list hikes, but there are some unique ones out there that might just offer you a fresh perspective — fire lookouts. 

What Are The 7 Leave No Trace Principles?

What Are The 7 Leave No Trace Principles?

Are you a hiker?

Do you know what the 7 Leave No Trace Principles are?

If you're taking on the 52 Hike Challenge, you should know these important guidelines. Think of the Leave No Trace Principles as a way to help you and your hiking buddies minimize your impact on wild spaces and protect the great outdoors. That way, we can all continue to enjoy nature for many years to come.

Resources for Completing the Kids Series Challenge

Resources for Completing the Kids Series Challenge

We know some of the activities we are asking you to do in our Kids Series might be new to you, so we have compiled some information and links to he...

Opt To Act: Give Back To Nature During Your 52 Hike Challenge 2020

Opt To Act: Give Back To Nature During Your 52 Hike Challenge 2020

Thank you for joining us this year for #OptOutside! Since the new Opt to Act initiative was such a success, now we are encouraging you to continue the effort into the new year and all year long! Join us and REI as we continue to Opt to Act into the new year. In this blog, you will discover the first of 52 action steps to help you Opt to Act all year! Clean up the trails, go on stewardship hikes, and give back to nature when you pursue your 52 Hike Challenge 2020. Read the blog to get started right now.

Guest Blog: My Top 3 Bay Area Hikes By Jaclyn Sanguinetti

Guest Blog: My Top 3 Bay Area Hikes By Jaclyn Sanguinetti

If you had told me a year ago that this girly girl who loves pink, hates being dirty and loves a good Sunday fun-day brunch with the girls would i...

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...

Hiking With Sole: Top Tips To Find The Best Hiking Footwear With Quality Soles

Hiking With Sole: Top Tips To Find The Best Hiking Footwear With Quality Soles

Are your hiking shoes providing enough comfort and support so you can go the extra mile? In this blog, you will find out how to make sure your hiking boots fit, what to look for when selecting hiking footwear, why the sole of your trekking shoe is most important, and why we love Vibram soles for all our hikes. Get the tips now.