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With mountainous landscapes and historical hill forts aplenty, Scotland is a country that’s awash with adventure and exciting hotspots to explore. From challenging terrains to shorter tours that show off Scotland’s wealth of history and culture, this corner of the world offers something truly unique to each and every one of its visitors.
Thanks for saving the day! My friend Steve brought one of your hammocks on a recent backpacking trip up the Convict Creek trail near Mammoth Lakes. We didn’t get a chance to use the hammock for relaxation, but we were able to use it to rescue his dog. By the third day on rocky trails, Zooey, a 60 pound Jindo, had torn her paw pads (an issues she’s never had before) and was in too much pain to hike out the 7 miles and refused to walk. We were at a bit of a loss for how to get her out until Steve remembered your hammock. We rigged it to one of the backpacks and used it as a carrier for Zooey. It took a long time hiking out, trading off the dog every mile of fairly technical trail, but we all made it out safe. Though the hammock smells like dog, it held up pretty well through an unintended use. Our backs are sore from the awkward carry, but Zooey is healing up just fine. Thanks for the solid product! by Andrew Allport
Most serious hikers would agree that a good hike should have some distinctive attribute that makes it memorable. A three mile stroll through the woods is fine, but throw in a waterfall or a cliff-side trail and it quickly becomes something much more noteworthy. Nothing fits the bill more than climbing to the top of a volcano. Whether it’s active or dormant, a volcanic hike promises to be anything but ordinary. Here are a few of the best volcano hikes in the world…well, at least the best volcano hikes we have done…OK, the only volcano hikes we have done.   Cerro Chato – La Fortuna, Costa Rica (Dormant) Hiking Cerro Chato provides hikers with the rare opportunity to swim in a volcano (water not magma). We did this hike on our honeymoon last summer and it was easily one of the highlights of the trip. The resorts and travel agencies in the area will recommend doing this hike with a tour guide which costs over $100 per person, but we would recommend taking a taxi to the trail head and climbing without a guide. The entrance fee is only $12. The tour groups that we passed all seemed miserable and...
Perhaps you’re a city person who craves the great outdoors, or maybe you were born to live in nature but have chosen a city-bound career. Either way, you’ve resigned yourself to always sacrificing one for the other. Sacrifice no more, because you really can have it all. Here are four U.S. cities that provide the best of both worlds.   Washington, D.C. After picturing the White House, most people think of D.C.’s museums, monuments and the staggering variety of world cuisines. You may not realize, however, that D.C. also boasts more acres of green space per capita than any other comparably sized U.S. city. For hikers and kayakers, the city’s Rock Creek Park has 40 miles of hiking trails and Class III and IV rapids. The C&O towpath is a cyclist’s dream, starting in the city along the Potomac River and ending 185 miles later in Cumberland, Maryland. Cycle less than 20 miles on the C&O (or drive less than five miles from downtown), and you’ll find a challenging and beautiful hike on the Billy Goat Trail, rock climbing in Mather Gorge and kayaking along the Potomac. Venture a little farther out and find yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains...
When preparing yourself for a few weeks or even months on the road, oftentimes the hardest part, even more than planning the details of where you’ll go, is what to take. Certainly for me, I kept finding new and essential items to have in my bag. Each time I walked into REI, I’d walk out with another few hundred dollars’ worth of stuff I just HAD to have. Each article I’d read on the subject would list endlessly new ‘must haves’. So what really are the key elements to deciding what to take? First, determine what your trip intends to accomplish. Are you blogging? Are you a photographer? Is it a spiritual journey? Is it just for fun? Once you’ve established your intended purpose, consider where you’re going and what climate you can expect. These analyses will help you focus on what’s meaningful, and what’s excess. Our goal? Pack as lightly as possible. Let’s start by creating a list of categories: Clothing Toiletries Gear Electronics Accessories Now we’ll look into each category. Trust me, you’ll list out more than you need. The best advice I’ve heard is this: Lay out what you’re going to take. Take half of it. Then double how much money...
As of three days ago, by no lack in planning and by no easy feat, I successfully led my first backpacking trip.  I’m new to the backpacking world and have learned so much about myself these past few months as I’ve planned this trip: primarily that I have no idea what I’m doing 90% of the time.  As I planned to lead my first trip, so many challenges (more than I would have imagined) continued to pop up.  Backpacking consists of living in the woods and walking an obscene amount of miles… How hard can it be, right?   1. Don’t be afraid to get a little lost The Appalachian Trail goes in two different directions: North and South. It does not fork and aside from a few places where the trail is difficult to find—and therefore, follow—it is not a difficult trail to navigate. Yet, as my three friends and I stepped on to the famous AT for the first time (map and compass in hand, might I add) we managed to start our glorified walk in the wrong direction.  And this happens all the time. Whether you are five minutes into the trail or five months into it...
Shake, shake it–your hammock that is! Out of the countless places you can string up a hammock, it’s hard to beat two good trees. And as Leave No Trace endorses, hammocks are great in the way that they have a minimal impact on the life of the forest floor.
It’s no secret that ENOpian’s LOVE animals. I’m sure my pup is not the only one out their who joins me in my hammock. When one has a fierce love for the outdoors, often that translates to an appreciation for animals, namely everyone’s best friend–the dog. A lot of backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts have furry companions that join them on their outdoor adventures. However we know all too well that anything can happen on backcountry expeditions. Accidents happen because they are not foreseeable, but you can be prepared. Read on to learn about the main doggy-first-aid essentials so next time you and your best friend hit the trail, you’ll have the confidence to come to their rescue.   Tick Key If you happen to find one of these creepy crawly bloodsuckers sneaking up your leg, you’ll be glad you packed this for your pooch. These keys aid in actually removing the head of the tick–which if it’s left in can cause infection. It’s cheap and lightweight so there’s no excuse not to pick one of these up–especially if you’re hiking around in the southeast in the summer.   Saline Another item that be used on animals and humans alike. Saline...
ENOpians looooove to get outside and go camping. And everyone has their favorite part of camping. For some it’s trout fishing, night hiking, river rock hopping. For others it’s building the best campfire or lounging in a hammock reading a book. For me, it’s cooking. I make plenty of exceptions weight wise to haul in what I need to make the food magic happen. My fellow backpackers may poke fun at me while we’re hiking in, but they get real quiet when I’m about to serve them up some backcountry grub.   “Rescuing Chicken & Broccoli Rice” This was the first camping meal I fell in love with. Now if you’re a vegetarian, sub it with whatever you like, be it a protein alternative or more veggies. This meal has literally brought me back to life one night camping in freezing temperatures. It’s super simple to make and only takes one pot. (Yay!)   At Home: Gather your ingredients to ensure you don’t leave anything behind but the main thing you need to do is prep your chicken. I’m all about that free-range organic meat and produce-but that’s just me. Take your chicken and cut it into thin strips, wrap and freeze...

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