How-tos for the Hiker

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole of the foot, that affects around 2 million Americans each year.

» Learn How to Cure Plantar Faciitis
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Cure Plantar Faciitis

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole of the foot, that affects around 2 million Americans each year.

» Learn How to Cure Plantar Faciitis

Build a Tent Swamp Cooler

It’s a classic Burning Man hack: scale down a residential swamp cooler to a compact, 12-volt bucket that hangs outside your tent on the playa. Instant air conditioning. You need a battery, computer fan, and a cooling pad from the hardware store.

» Learn How to Build a Tent Swamp Cooler

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Find Hiking Boots That Fit

Getting a good fit on boots is easier than it used to be. Boots once demanded extensive break-in periods before you even knew whether they would fit well or not.

» Learn How to Find Hiking Boots That Fit

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Stay Hydrated When Backpacking

It's definitely important to keep your fluid intake up on long hikes. It is not uncommon for athletes to lose between two and six percent of body weight as fluid during strenuous activity.

» Learn How to Stay Hydrated When Backpacking

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Clean Your Hands in the Wilderness

What's the best way to clean my hands in the wilderness prior to handling contact lenses? My waterless hand sanitizer warns against eye contact and I don't want to use stream water.

» Learn How to Clean Your Hands in the Wilderness

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Remove Tree Sap From Gear

Darn trees just don't show any respect for our high-priced outdoor gear.

» Learn How to Remove Tree Sap From Gear

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Avoid Slaughtering the Scenery

Direct impacts rarely end well. Every year, collisions with wildlife result in 1.5 million crashes, 200 deaths, and $1 billion in vehicle damage. Here are five tips to stay safe.

» Learn How to Avoid Slaughtering the Scenery

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Improve Ankle Stability

I have been an avid hiker for over 14 years and have never had a problem with stability, regardless of the footwear worn. But a couple of years ago I noticed that my ankles felt weak and would twist far too easily, even on moderately uneven terrain.

» Learn How to Improve Ankle Stability

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Keep Sweat Out of Your Eyes While Hiking

This is one of those questions that's sorta goes, "I get sunburned when I'm out in the sun. How can I prevent that?" By taking preventive steps, that's how.

» Learn How to Keep Sweat Out of Your Eyes While Hiking

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