How to Stay Motivated During Your 52 Hike Challenge
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.
Hiking Footwear 101: Pro Tips & Finding The Right Fit
Are you looking for the perfect pair of hiking boots or shoes? Do you always end up with blisters or hot spots on your feet after hiking?
Whether you’re brand new to hiking or you’ve been hiking for a while, but you can’t seem to find the right fit, this blog on Hiking Footwear 101 will help you!
To bring you the most accurate information possible, we sat down with hiking footwear expert Krystina Beatty. Krystina is an Outreach Specialist at Oboz Footwear, a leader in hiking footwear innovation and design.
If you have questions on how to keep your feet happy while hiking, you’ll definitely want to read this.
In this blog you will learn:
- How to find the right shoe size for your hiking adventures
- How to avoid blisters and hot spots while hiking
- Which style of hiking boot or shoe is best for you
- Pro tips on waterproof vs ventilated hiking footwear
- The difference between lows and mids, and more!
Don’t Get Lost Hiking: How To Avoid A Search And Rescue Mission & Stay Safe On The Trail
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!