Even more important than the very-important selection of hiking boots and breaking them in, is making sure you stay hydrated on your hikes (or at all times, really). The problems with dehydration are: You can’t immediately counteract the effects by gulping some water and thinking you’ll be OK in minutes. It takes some time for […]
Drinkable Hiking Water, Even from Muddy Sources
There are several ways to obtain water from natural sources on a hike: rivers, streams, lakes, tarns (high-mountain ponds) and even creeks and waterfalls. The problem with all of them is the probability the water is a carrier of Giardia (see article on Hydration, A4), so the water must be purified before drinking. To purify […]
Dogs and Hiking Food
There are some people foods that are harmful to dogs, and some are likely to be in your hiking pack! Here are some typical hiking foods to avoid giving to dogs. Raisins and Grapes Many trail-mixes have raisins. The very acronym, GORP, stands for “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts.” Grapes and raisins can cause kidney […]
Why Did I Write This Book?
Why Did I Create this Book? The Dog That Took Me Up A Mountain Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. – John Muir I wrote this book because I wanted to “inspire before I expire.” My dog Emme got me started hiking up the “easier” […]