Heel That Pain Heel Seats

Does plantar fasciitis cause you foot pain? Perhaps you can get some relief from the patented Heel Seats manufactured by Heel That Pain of Yorba Linda, CA. Their unique Fascia-Bar™ technology is clinically proven effective with a > 90% success rate. 31 of 32 participants in a double blind clinical trial asked to keep the HTP treatments after the study concluded....

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Pisgah Range Paracord Boot Laces

There are very few companies producing quality paracord bootlaces. One of the biggest flaws is that not a one of them uses authentic military paracord. It is, however, commercial grade cord in “mil-spec patterns” with 7 bi-woven innards. That just won’t cut it. Pisgah Range Ltd. wanted the real 8 tri-woven innards with a manufacturer’s...

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Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks

Ecosox hiker socks are made of bamboo and designed for maximum comfort and durability. Padded throughout the foot and with an arch-support to fight foot fatigue, Ecosox bamboo hiking socks will keep your feet feeling fresh. Whether taking a leisurely stroll through hiking trails or trail-blazing yourself, the ultra-soft bamboo fibers will cushion your feet. The...

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Cross Breeze™ Frame Pack from Outdoor Products

The unique, lightweight curved Cross Breeze™ frame system pack from Outdoor Products keeps your back cool while supporting heavy loads by using suspended mesh for maximum airflow. The padded, ergonomically designed waist belt comfortably supports those loads, and articulated, yoke-style shoulder straps with sliding sternum adjusters make for an agreeable ride. Four...

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I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Storey

A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail   Gail Storey was definitely not a hiker or camper. In fact, Storey liked to say, “I never much cared for nature, or rather, thought it okay as long as it stayed outside.” But when her husband, Porter, leaves his job as a hospice doctor to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let...

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Discovery Along “The Way”

The Way of St. James, is commonly known by its name in Spanish: El Camino de Santiago. The name comes from any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried in the cathedral. Many take up this route as a form of...

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Wojo Wallet

Disclosure: Wojo Wallet, LLC contacted me to try their Wojo Wallet at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement. Their tag line pretty much describes it, “When all you need are your credit cards and cash, Wojo is the perfect solution. Cycling, hiking, boating, hunting, skiing,...

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Roqbloq Rugged Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Disclosure: RuggedTec contacted me to try their Roqbloq Rugged Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement. A love for the outdoors and electronic gadgets was the driving force behind the creation of the RuggedTec brand. RuggedTec is based out of southeast...

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail   Back in the United States after 20 years in Great Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by hiking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes — and to a writer with the...

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WoolX Lightweight Merino Wool Boxer Briefs

Disclosure: WoolX contacted me to try their Merino Wool Boxer Briefs at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement. WoolX was created in 2013 by Hanks Clothing who has been in business for more than 60 years. Realizing there was a need in the clothing business for a 100% Merino Wool...

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Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Adventures on the Appalachian Trail   Before she hiked Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu and the Pacific Crest Trail, before she was the speed record holder on the Appalachian Trail (AT), Jennifer Pharr Davis was a young, just-out-of-college 21 year old with normal fears about her future and questions about who she really was. Then she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail...

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Purchase Knob: Essays from a Mountain Notebook by Kathryn K. McNeil

There’s a summer place, a farm, forever imprinted on my memory, spacious in its views, lovely in its close-ups, on the gentle slopes of Purchase Mountain in the southern Appalachians. I built a house there at 5,000 feet. That’s high for these parts. Mt. Mitchell, not far from me, is 1,600 feet higher. It’s the highest point on the eastern seaboard...

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Yaktrax Ice Traction Device

When winter weather sets in, slick, icy conditions make it difficult and often dangerous to get around. Falls are the most common cause of injuries during this time of year. However, ice traction devices such as Yaktrax® provide the freedom to head outdoors and stay safe. Yaktrax fit over most shoes and hiking boots and can be worn in a variety of environments, from...

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Murder at The Jumpoff by Jenny Bennett

Jenny Bennett first crossed my radar when I happened upon her website Endless Streams and Forests. She writes about many things, but among them are trail and hiking reports for areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park that were very familiar to me. What intrigued me about Jenny’s reports was the type of hiking she does. Jenny is what is known as an off-trail...

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How Far to Fun and Inspiration? Mile…Mile and a Half

Disclosure: The DVD distributor for the Muir Project produced documentary “Mile…Mile and a Half” contacted me to watch this film at no cost to myself. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete a review. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement. A group of artists leave their daily lives behind to hike the John Muir Trail...

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StrongVolt 7W Portable Solar Charger and PowerBank Mini Portable Battery Pack

StongVolt Solar Chargers work with your phones, tablets, GPS or any USB chargeable devices wherever you go. You can keep your phone or USB device fully charged anywhere there is sun. StrongVolt Solar Chargers are a must for emergencies, natural disasters, or on any outdoor adventure. For hikers like us, keeping your phone charged in case of emergencies is essential to...

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12 Reasons to Watch Tell It on the Mountain

Disclosure: The producer of Tell It on the Mountain — Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail contacted me to watch his film at no cost to myself. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete a review. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement. It takes a special kind of person to drop everything and walk through the woods for five months. But...

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Recommended Outdoor Documentary Films

  Mile…Mile and a Half   MILE… MILE & A HALF (trailer 1) from The Muir Project. There’s a reason that “Backpacker Magazine” ranked California’s John Muir Trail as the best Hike in the World in it’s November 2010 issue. Stretching 211 miles from Yosemite Valley to the summit of the contiguous United States’ highest peak, Mount Whitney, it...

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Hiking the Beautiful USA

Plan a fun and safe hiking trip with a little help from this REI infographic. The illustrated map gives you a bird’s-eye view of the United States’ 11 National Scenic Trails which measure more than 18,753 miles combined. You’ll also find tips on what to bring with you hiking, as well as trail trivia.   Item of interest: Only 3 of the 11 NSTs...

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Pathfinder Outdoor Survival Guides

No Food. No Map. No Cell Phone. No Problem. Imagine you found yourself alone in the desert, miles from anywhere, with no food, water, shelter or cell phone reception. Could you save your own life? Most likely, the answer is no. Left to our own devices and without supplies, the majority of us lack the necessary skills to survive. Fortunately, it’s never too late to learn....

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Cobrabraid 550 Paracord Bracelet

Disclosure: Cobrabraid contacted me to try their paracord bracelet at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement. On April 25, 2012 the Cobrabraid marketing team emailed the following: Our products are definitely geared towards your readers. You never know when you could use a few feet...

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PurifiCup™ Portable Water Purifier (Natural Water Series)

For those who are passionate day-hikers like me, you are always looking to lighten your pack and heighten your emergency preparedness. I’ve had my eyes peeled for a portable, packable water filter that is very lightweight with a small footprint. Pump water filters work great but are somewhat bulky, taking quite a bit of valuable pack space. Enter the PurifiCup™...

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Patagonia Capilene 1 SW Stretch T-Shirt

As the hot season arrived, I thought I’d try some of the extremely lightweight hiking apparel available now. I’ve had a Patagonia sweater for 30 years that works and fits as good as new, so I thought I’d look at their offerings. Patagonia marked down a lot of their summer stuff for end-of-season, so I purchased their Capilene 1 SW Stretch T-Shirt....

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Montrail Mountain Masochist GTX

I’ve been wearing Asics, Saucony, and Mizuno running shoes to exercise walk for nearly a decade now. So I have become familiar with the comfort, support, cushioning and durability a quality shoe can add to my exercise routine. The last thing I want to think about when I’m exercising is my shoes. During hot summer hiking I would definitely tire of my hiking...

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High Sierra Express Lumbar Pack

Sometimes a day pack is just too much. Maybe it’s a short hike, or a flat hike. Perhaps you don’t need as much water or food or backup clothing. I’ve found myself in that situation before and decided it was time for a “fanny” pack or lumbar pack. The final instigation was when I went to The Masters last month. I knew I wanted to have a rain...

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Smartwool NTS Midweight Crew and Bottom

I’ve been hiking off and on for more than 30 years, but I never have had an interest in winter hiking, until now. Not a big fan of the cold and snow, but I gave it a try this year, and I’m glad I did. The key difference maker, for me, was layering. Starting with a good comfortable wicking base layer, and then covering my core area for warmth, then topping it...

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