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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.

How to Stay Accountable to Your Life Goals & Achieve Success

How to Stay Accountable to Your Life Goals & Achieve Success

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.

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!

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.