6 Tips for Safe Hiking During Hunting Season

Yesterday we were hiking at Chimney Park and the place was more crowded than usual with hunters gearing up for rifle season. But, just because it's hunting season doesn't mean that we need to stay off our favorite trails. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons to hike. With a little bit of planning it is possible to stay safe during hunting season. Here are a few tips (portions of this post were originally written for an article I wrote last fall for Seattle Backpackers Magazine). 1. Be informed. A quick phone call to the local Department of Fish and Wildlife can tell…

How To Use Bear Spray

In 2000 I was living and training for biathlon in Canada. On July 6th I had a good friend and teammate get attacked and killed by a black bear in Quebec. One minute she was out on a run through the trees, the next minute we were all getting phone calls about Mary Beth's death. I was back in the states when I heard of the bear attack and her death. It was hard to lose a friend and teammate. It was also hard knowing that the cause of her death was a black bear. Since then I haven't been…

A Bear on the Trail (Discussion) #NowWhat

On Monday we posed this question: And we got a bunch of great responses. So what would we do? Ummmm, probably pee our pants because we saw a bear (cool) and then pee our pants again because "Ahhhh, there's a bear!!!" We have had beat encounters before...But hiking right in to a Mama bear and her cubs is no joke. We would probably freeze, grab our bear spray back up slowly and get the hell out of there. If she charges hopefully a good dose of capsaicin would stop her in her tracks. One of our readers shared this video which…

Essential Clothing and Gear for Snowshoeing

As part of our snowshoe series we've talked about the history of snowshoeing, why to snowshoe, how to select a pair of snowshoes, and where to buy snowshoes. Today we're discussing some of that extra stuff, like what to wear snowshoeing and what gear to bring along. We dress for snowshoeing just like we do for cross-country skiing or winter hiking. Because it's such an aerobic activity layers are crucial. What to wear: We start with a good baselayer of merino wool, or other warm, moisture wicking synthetic material, add a midlayer of fleece and top it off with an outerlayer…

4 Safety Tips For Hiking with Toddlers

We're back with our hiking with babies and toddlers series. Today we answer a question from a reader about how we keep our toddler safe on the trails when he isn't being carried in a backpack carrier. http://youtu.be/n90DalTvdcc Our 4 tips are: 1) Keep your toddler within reaching distance. We like to let our kid wander as far as we feel comfortable. This means on a wide open trail in a place without too many hazards he has more room to roam than on a trail over challenging terrain with more hazards. But, we never let our toddler wander so…

5 Ways to Hike Safely During Hunting Season

Hunting season is in full swing here in Wyoming and let's be honest, there are far more hunters than hikers on the mountain. And that's okay with us. While we do take a few extra precautions when hiking during hunting season we don't mind sharing beautiful Wyoming with hunters. Here are a few tips for safe hiking during hunting season. Be visible!  Hunting season is not a good time for neutral colored clothing so dig out your neon orange (or pink) hat from the 80's and reminisce about how awesome jeans looked when they were tight-rolled. And don't forget the…

4 Ways to Stay Smart about Forest Fires

There have already been several fires this season and lets face it, we can't expect to get a whole lot of wet whether as the summer progresses. So here are four ways to stay smart about Forest Fires. 1. Don't start the thing. We know you've heard it all before. We also know that with rare exception human caused forest fires are not intentional but that's the whole point. Don't let the accident happen to you.  Nobody expects you to eat raw food while out on the trails but it's smart to get a heads up on what types of cooking…