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Keen Mens Glarus Hiking Boots

If your weekend camping trip suddenly turns soggy, not to worry, the Men's Keen Glarus Hiking Boots will get you through. The waterproof full-grain leather upper is soft yet durable while the KEEN.DRYwaterproof breathable membrane keeps your feet dry. These great hiking boots have a removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed to ensure long lasting comfort for those epic hikes, and the torsion stability ESS shank provides excellent stability on uneven terrain. Leave no stone unturned, the non-marking rubber outsole provides grip and traction so you can embrace all that nature has to offer while you hop from rock to rock to check out the other side of the creek.

Price: $159.95

First Aid

The farther from the beaten path you venture, the more prepared you should be for a medical emergency. Always carry a first-aid kit designed for the type of trek and the number of people in your group.

A variety of first-aid kits are available for day hikes, family camping trips or backpacking treks. Kits should be tailored to your trekking terrain, weather, the ages of hikers and your group’s special medical needs.

It is important to know how to use everything in your first-aid kit beforehand. You won’t have time in the middle of an emergency to read an instruction manual.

Before you go, learn about any possible hazards at your destination, such as poisonous plants, snakes and insects. Ask local officials or park rangers if you need any special gear or clothing. Locate the road and public phone closest to your campsite or trail, so you know where to summon help if it is needed.

Some organizations offer wilderness first-aid courses targeted to outdoors enthusiasts. Be sure to practice what you learn and share it with others in your party.

Good first-aid kits are available in a wide range of prices and specialty kits are available for mountain bikers, canoeists and others.

The following items should be considered when outfitting a basic first-aid kit:

  • 1 elastic-roll bandage
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Adhesive tape
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Antacid
  • Antihistamine
  • Antiseptic ointment
  • Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes
  • Bulb irrigating syringe
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Chemical heat and cold packs
  • Dry-wash pads or wipes
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Gauze pads
  • Hydrocortisone cream (soothes allergic skin)
  • Insect repellent
  • Mirror, small and unbreakable
  • Moleskin, 1 or 2 packets
  • Cotton swab, sterile, packaged in pairs
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors (Swiss Army Pen Knife has scissors, small blade and nail file)
  • Sunscreen
  • Triangular bandage
  • Tweezers

Inspect the contents before every trip and make sure the tools are clean and supplies in good condition. Replace expired medicines and add items you wish you had brought on the last trip. Make sure the container is durable and waterproof, and stow it in an accessible compartment of your backpack.

Hi-Tec Mens Altitude IV Waterproof Hiking Boot

A full featured hiking boot that offers great lightweight waterproof protection, the Hi-Tec Altitude IV Waterproof Hiking Boot for Men will keep you dry and comfortable on day hikes, overnight camping adventures and extended stays in the backcountry. The Hi-Tec Altitude IV Waterproof Hiking Boots may be of the most affordable hiking boots that money can buy, but with its rich full grain leather, waterproof protection and solid sole, its got all the essentials for a great trail hiking boot. Hi-Tec continues to design great value hiking boots for walking, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and all sorts of adventures with their philosophy of best price for best performance.

Price: $73.49

Low-Impact Hiking and Camping

Cooking

Carry in, carry out. Before you hit the trail, repackage food into reusable containers. When empty, the containers can hold waste until you can dispose of it properly. Pack everything that you carry into the backcountry back out with you.

  1. In bear country, protect wildlife, your food supply and yourself by storing rations securely. Seek advice from park rangers on proper food storage.
  2. Some parks install bear-resistant containers or poles (for hanging “bear-bagged” food) in backcountry sites. Pick up and clean up spilled foods.
  3. Use a backpacking stove to prepare meals. It takes less time and has less impact on the environment than building a campfire. In addition, many areas prohibit the use of campfires except in designated areas.
Fires

Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings or fire pans. Do not scorch large rocks or overhangs.

  1. Keep your fire small. Gather sticks no larger than an adult wrist. Leave branches on trees, even if they are downed or dead.
  2. Put out campfires completely. In the morning, remove all unburned trash from the fire ring and scatter the cold ashes over a large area well away from camp.
Hiking

Visit the backcountry in small groups and try to avoid popular areas during peak-use periods.

  1. Stay on designated trails and walk in single file in the center of the path to avoid trampling trailside plants.
  2. Many grasses and sub-alpine plants are extremely sensitive to foot traffic. If you must venture beyond the trail, choose the most durable surfaces to walk on (rock, gravel or snow).
Campsites

Choose an established, legal site. If you are wilderness camping, pick a previously used campsite when available to decrease impact on terrain.

  1. Good campsites are found, not made. Don’t alter a site for your own purposes by clearing vegetation, building structures or digging trenches.
Sanitation

Set up camp in areas where vegetation is compacted or absent. Camp at least 200 feet (about 70 adult steps) from lakes and streams to help keep pollutants out of water sources.

  1. For bathing or dishwashing, haul water 200 feet from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. A small bowl of water and one baby wipe provide a thorough bath. Strain your dishwater and scatter it or bury it in a hole so it won’t attract insects. Use gravel or sand to clean pots and pans.
  2. Deposit human waste in a hole, six-to-eight inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, trails and your campsite. Use toilet paper sparingly. Pack it out in fragile areas or where required.
  3. Check your campsite to make sure you have removed all refuse and other evidence of your stay. Make sure you scan the tent area for small items that could inadvertently be left behind.
Keeping the “wild” in wilderness

Leave plants, rocks and historical artifacts for others to enjoy.

  1. Domestic animals and wild country often don’t mix. Most state and national parks prohibit dogs or require them to be on leashes. If you must take your dog with you, make sure it is under control at all times. Do not allow it to chase other animals or become a problem for other hikers or campers.

Enjoy your adventure in the backcountry. Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.

Merrell Womens Moab Mid GORE-TEX XCR Hiking Boot

From Death Valley to the Great Dismal Swamp, when you're hiking, biking, camping or working in hot weather, your feet will be the most comfortable part of your body. GORE-TEX gasket construction makes these mid-height hikers waterproof. And it wicks sweat away from your skin for comfort in extreme temperatures. Breathable mesh in uppers (alternating with waterproof nubuck leather) and mesh bellows tongue enhance ventilation. Rubber toe bumper and heel counter, and Vibram Multi-Sport Plus sole provide the protection, support and traction you need when the action heats up.

Price: $134.95