An experienced hiker, camper, and backpacker, I strive to be kind to the environment while enjoying the outdoors.
A Compilation of My Articles About Hiking, Backpacking, and Camping
On this page you will find links to my articles about hiking, backpacking, camping, and related endeavors.
I'm an experienced backpacker, having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail.
Now that I'm a parent, I enjoy family-style hiking and camping. It's great to see my sons have fun spending time in nature.
There's always a lot to explore and learn in the great outdoors!
- Great Backpacking Tips!
Tips, tricks, and practical advice to help make your backpacking trip a success.
- What to Pack for a Backpacking Trip
It's important to bring what you need on a backpacking trip, but it's equally important not to carry too much. A lighter pack means a happier backpacker! Here's a list of gear and their weights.
- How to Use a Bounce Box on a Long-distance Backpacking Trip
The bounce box, or drift box, provides access to gear and supplies on your backpacking trip without actually having to carry it on your back the entire time.
- Backpacking: Tips to Keep Hiking When You Don't Feel Like It
The mental challenges of backpacking can be even greater than the physical challenges. Here are my suggestions for how to persevere and keep hiking when all you want to do is quit and go home.
- Appalachian Trail Thru-hike Video
This is the video documentary I made about my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT). It took me six months to hike approximately 2,150 miles from Georgia to Maine. Long-distance backpacking is an amazing experience. As the title "Persevera
Hiking, Camping, and Family Activities
- Planning Group Camping Menus to Accommodate Dietary Needs
Camping menus should be delicious and nutritious and must take specific dietary needs into account. Scouts and other groups can create menus that meet all these requirements. This article includes guidelines and specific ideas for meals.
- Hiking with Children
Family hikes provide opportunities to spend quality family time together while enjoying nature and getting exercise. Here are some great ideas about how to make your hike with kids both safe and fun.
- Camping with Children: Tips for Making Your Family Camping Trip Fun and Safe
Family camping trips are a great way to instill a love of nature within children. This article features information and tips to help you plan your next tenting adventure with your kids!
- Reducing Waste and Protecting the Environment on Camping Trips
Tips for individuals, families, and scouts and other groups to reduce their impact on the environment while on camping trips.
- Geocaching and Letterboxing: Finding Hidden Treasures
Geocaching and Letterboxing are "treasure hunts" that encourage participants to get out and explore their surroundings. This article describes these activities and how to enjoy them.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Valerie Bloom
Thanks for Stopping By!
CampingmanNW on March 29, 2014:
Nice grouping of resources. You just gotta love hiking and the outdoors. Thanks for sharing. Cheers
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 30, 2012:
Excellent compilation of hiking and backpacking sites and resources. I am working my way to and through them. A mini thru-hike. Thank you!