Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

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Guest Post by Chris Beattie For survival on a wintry hike, even for one day, you need the right tools. No self-respecting hiker would set off into the wilderness ill-equipped because nature and the weather tend to be highly unpredictable. Here are some of the key items you’ll need, and some you’ll just want for happy trails this winter.

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1. Resilient footwear

As if tramping for miles

Ultimate List of the Essential Tools for Winter Hiking

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

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Hotel Adler Dolomiti specializes on guided hiking tours in the Italian Alps

Hiking, skiing and “wellness” make easy and obvious bedfellows for tourist resorts and hotels in the mountains: skiing in winter, hiking in summer and there are spa-type activities, sports and swimming pools any time of the year, to help people rest and recover between more active pastimes.

Easy and obvious it may be now, but this was

The Premier Hiking Hotel in Val Gardena

Mala Beach in New Footwear

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A coastal walk that produced a few stressful moments – and a stress-free shopping experience This is the story of two firsts.

The first “first” first: never before had we organized a Monaco to Mala Beach hike for a group that was larger than our own little family. But this time, the invitation to take part in the 5 km walk from Monaco to Mala Beach had been extended to all members from

Mala Beach in New Footwear

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

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Product Review: What’s Best for a Day Hike? Where to put all the stuff you need for a short outdoor trip? We put two popular alternatives to the test.

What size bag or pack to bring is one of hiking’s perennial problems. This is particularly true for day-hiking trips because even a day-backpack is often too big to store just the water bottle, the sandwiches and the camera.

Two alternative solutions

Product Review: Hiking Pants or Fanny Pack?

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

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Hiking in Spain Mallorca Beyond the Beaches If you want to explore the “real Mallorca”, the Mallorca beyond the beaches teeming with tourists in holiday resorts, your best bet for a base may be a hotel right on the seaside. This may sound contradictory and counter-intuitive, so let me explain.

Firstly, you must take into account that the interior of the island – where you find the mountains and most of the interesting

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

A Hiking Guide Book Review

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A Hiking Guide Book: “26 Gorgeous Hikes on the Western Cote d’Azur”

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I have come across many a hiking guide book in my time, good ones and bad ones in sufficient numbers that I feel qualified not only to tell the difference but also to identify the criteria on which an assessment like this may be based. My personal list of “dos and don’ts” runs like this:

Good hiking

A Hiking Guide Book Review

Tips for First Time Hikers

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Guest Post Some Tips for First Time Hikers

If you aren’t addicted to easy hiking yet, there’s no better time to start now that autumn is here.

Blacks, a leading chain selling outdoor clothing, camping equipment, tents and sleeping bags, are now in partnership with The National Trust, and together they are encouraging the nation to enjoy the British countryside.

Easy hiking isn’t

Tips for First Time Hikers

The Hiking Boots Mini Guide

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A Hiking Boots Mini Guide When you are planning a hike, you want to make every fragment of it easier and enjoyable – choosing your equipment is part of that.

The right jackets, socks, tents and backpacks are all important – but the proper footwear is the one thing you need to get dead right. A blister free hike is one thing but a quality pair of boots can help you

The Hiking Boots Mini Guide

Comparing Two Budget Hotels In Germany

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When we hike in Germany, we generally make it a point to stay in small, family-run B&B-style hotels. This is Germany as in “countryside”, mind you, where B&B-style hotels are plentiful and good value for money (cheap and cheerful) and where you generally don’t have much of an alternative anyway.

Cities, however, are a different story: for every good family-run hotel, there is a rotten one, too, so your best choice

Comparing Two Budget Hotels In Germany

Finding The Ideal Outdoor Shoes

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My Ideal Outdoor Shoes

Price comparison sites are all the rage. They allow you to compare different providers of gas and electricity and different offers of cheap car insurance, different airlines and different types of meerkats. Some even extend the range of their offerings to sportswear.

I did not know this either until Idealo contacted us and asked us whether we were interested in the goods listed on their price

Finding The Ideal Outdoor Shoes