Question: What is the best backpack dog for hiking?
Wondering what breed would be most suitable to carry some weight during hiking trips.
Answer by Emily
dog breeds are broken up into different groups like sporting group, toy group, working group. you need a working group dog. the akc site is helpful for explaining these categories. there are two extremes in working dogs. one end is the siberian husky. 50-70 lbs. bred over hundreds of years to pull sleds for 30 miles a day and 2 weeks on end. extreme endurance. the other end of the spectrum is the St Bernard. bred equally long to carry heavy loads over short distances in extreme conditions. extreme power. you are probably looking for one of the working dogs that falls in the middle of the spectrum. a dog that can carry moderate loads ( and im talking percentage of dogs body weight) over medium distances, im guessing 10 miles a day? not sure how serious of a hiker you are. one more consideration then i will shut up. dogs were developed all over the planet in all weather extremes. getting a dog whose coat matches the climate where you will be hiking will be a big help. they will shed less and be more durable in the field.
Question: which waterfall is best to hike to for swimming on kauai?
I am vacationing on kauai this summer and hiking to a waterfall is at the top of my list for things to do. Which falls are relatively easy to get to, for those in my party that are not experienced hikers, and which falls can you swim at? Any other kauai suggestions?
Answer by Casey
Question: Where is the best place to go camping and fishing in early April?
I want to go camping for spring break and try to do some fishing there too. My friends and I will be in Delaware, and we want to take a road trip somewhere at least 10 hours away.
Preferable somewhere a bit warmer than Delaware and preferably somewhere where we can catch fish, camp, have a fire, and do all that fun camping stuff. If alcohol is permitted, that would be highly favorable!
Answer by campaholicone2000
Why not head south to N. or S. Carolina? Lots of coast to explore, there has to be tons of fishing, and you can camp.
Should be just about perfect!
Question: What would be the best hiking area in Upper Michigan?
My family has hiked in the Smoky Mountain National Park of Tennessee and the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana. We’re looking for something a little closer to home. What would be the best hiking area in Upper Michigan?
Answer by *****
Isle Royale National Park
I hope the included links are helpful.
Question: Where is the best place to go camping in the early summer?
My family and I are planning a trip to go (tent/primitive) camping in southern Utah, but we would like a backup plan in case the weather stays/gets more rainy, cold and snowy. We will be leaving on May 21 and will be camping for 4 days… Anyone know of any really good places to camp where the weather will be nice and we can see some nature?
Answer by Gob
go to Bonneville for Speed Week
Question: What is the best hiking gear for extreme rain?
For walking or hiking in extreme rain, I have 20″ Neos Overshoes was wondering about other outer wear, hats, accessories, etc. TY.
Answer by c_kayak_fun
Gore-tex parka with underarm ventilating zippers, Gore-tex pants and a wide-brimmed hat. Wear polyester or polypropolene or light merino wool layers underneath to transfer the sweat and condensation that are inevitable. For colder rain I will also wear thick wool pants and/or jacket, like Woolrich or Pendleton hunting clothing, instead of Gore-tex. Even soaked through, wool stays warm and breathes better than the nylon shells. For my head I prefer a Filson packer waxed cotton hat (see link below):
It won’t absorb water but doesn’t make your head sweat like nylon or Goretex will. Don’t freak at the cost — it will last you forever. Looks cool, too.
Some people prefer a hat like salt water fisherman use with the big brim in the back but I find that dumps too much water on your pack.
Light nylon fleece gloves. Even if it isn’t a cold rain, the drops hitting your hands after a while can drive you nuts.
My friends who have hiked in jungles and in Asian monsoon weather always take a sturdy collapsible umbrella that they tie to their backpack when the rain gets really heavy.
I’m a little concerned about using Neos though. I have a pair and they are great for soft snow and walking in rain on city streets, but I would hesitate to use them for a back country hike due to the poor traction on rock and muddy slopes. For wet hikes I use sturdy leather hiking boots well treated with SnoSeal wax and with waterproof nylon or Gore-tex knee-high gaiters over the tops. I’d rather have Vibram soles against a rough trail than those flimsy Neos soles. Always either merino wool or fluffy polyester socks.
And if it really rains hard for too long, I just stop, put up my tent, fire up my stove, make some tea and read a book until lets up.
Question: What is the best website for camping gear?
I am taking a trip up to Canada, going to be in a canoe & roughing it a bit … I don’t have any camping gear in a company form –
Anyone have any suggestions on websites that are great for camping gear? (especially compact/light camping gear)
Answer by ashleytisdalescoops
go to Jaysoutdoor.com they have so much stuff!
Question: Which hiking shoe is best when one must swim and cross streams as well as go over rocky areas?
I will be hiking in Maui, and some of the hikes involve walking across or through streams, and swimming to get to the next part of the trail. I don’t want to switch shoes out, because it would be a hassle to keep one pair of shoes dry. I feel comfortable spending around $ 100 if needed, because I don’t want any blisters or sore feet while on vacation! Can you recommend a shoe for me?
Answer by Ferc Star
I am currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and I use Salomon Techamphibian 2 water shoes for crossing rivers.
Question: what is the best hiking boot from dicks sporting goods?
I have up to 120 dollars. I live in Oregon so I will mostly be hiking in moist wet places so I the boots grip is important to me. I want ankle support.
Answer by Sur La Mer
Go to YELP or Craigslist and read reviews or post on their message boards there from Portland, or any city in Oregon.
I suggest when paying for online purchase, don’t use Paypal, it takes just once to be a victim. I was and it took 3 years to get my credit. Use your Credit Card, always, they can help you if any disputes.
AND beware of international shippings, they could add 3-25% extra fees, even if they price is cheap.
Example: My merchant was from Texas, but the product was shipped from Hong Kong.
Question: What is the best water purification for camping and or surviving the case of no power?
I am looking for a water purification container for camping and or surviving in the outdoors. Also what is the best way to preserve your water when storing it in barrels or bottles for a long period of time?
Answer by rick w
Katydin, hands down. Swiss made, my pocket filter costs $ 250.00, but with the dollar where it is now, who knows?