Hiking, Camping & Backpacking Index

How To Choose & Options

How To Choose A Sleeping Bag
Learn how to choose the correct sleeping bag based upon your outdoor experience.
How To Choose Hiking Boots
Learn how to choose the correct boots based upon your the type of hiking or backpacking.
How To Choose A Camping Tent
Learn how to choose the correct camping tent based upon your outdoor experience.
How To Choose Binoculars
Learn how to choose the correct binoculars based upon your outdoor experience.
How To Choose A Ground Pad
Learn how to choose the correct ground pad based upon your outdoor experience.
How To Choose Hiking Poles
Learn how to choose the correct hiking poles based upon your the type of hiking or backpacking.
How To Choose A Camping Stove
Learn how to choose the correct camping stove based upon your the type of hiking or backpacking.
How To Choose Camping Cookware
Learn how to choose the correct camping cookware based upon your the type of hiking or backpacking.
How To Choose The Right Hydration System
Depending on the type of your activities, you might need more than one type of hydration system.
How To Choose A Camping Lantern
The type of camping lantern you use will depending on the type of camping that you do.
How To Choose Backpacking Clothes
Layering your clothes is the most effective way to keep your backpacking experience both happy and safe.
How to Choose A Multi-Use Tool
You should never hike or backpack without a multi-use tool even if you are out on the trail for only a couple of hours.
How to Choose A First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should always be carried with you even if you are just going on a day hike.
How To Cook Over An Open Fire While Camping
There's a certain mystique about cooking over a wood fire while camping that the little stoves can't duplicate.
How To Choose A Water Bottle
Your water bottle is your link to life depending the length and the type of trip you expect to take.

 
How To Do & Use

How To Leave No Trace
Leave no trace is just basic common sense methods to help protect the resources of the outdoors.
Aidless Hiking Navigation
Learn how to navigate without aid of gear will help you from getting lost.
Learn How To Plan A Hike
Learn how to plan your hike to lower the risk of danger.
Finding Your Direction
The use of your watch can help you find your direction to help you from getting lost.
Solving Your Battery Needs
Learn how to extend the life of a rechargeable battery.
Lightweight Gear Rise To Fame
Learn how to travel light and still have all the comforts.
Working At High Altitude
Take it easy; don't overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude.
How To Stay Hydrated
The loss of water while hiking can impair your performance and potentially lead to a dangerous situation.
How To Condition Yourself For Hiking
If you exercise slowly on a regular basis, you can be ready in a short period of time.
How To Plan A Menu & What Foods To Bring
When you finally start cooking, it better be at least as good as what you've been thinking about all day long.
Hypothermia
Too much cold is just as dangerous as too much heat, particularly if it leads to hypothermia.
Backpacking Safety – Five Backpacking Tips for Healthy Backs
A disturbing trend of back injuries has caused many individuals to consider the following backpacking tips in order to keep themselves free from aches and pains.
Camping
Camping out in nature doesn't always have to equate to roughing it.
How To Enjoy And Prepare For Hiking
More and more people today enjoy the simple, wholesome fun of hiking.
Lightweight Backpacking
A lighter backpack can not only help propel one up that hill, or help ones knees on the backside of that hill, but also can help to enjoy the overall venture even more.
Document Your Hikes With Moleskin Books
This is a more appealing way to keep things in a chronological order, put hiking, photographic and post processing notes where they are useful.
Survival Tips When Going On A Camping Trip
A few of these items in even a daypack and a little basic knowledge of survival skills can make the difference of life or death if a severe storm hits unexpectedly.

 
How To Take Care Of

How To Take Care Of A Sleeping Bag
Learn how to take care of your sleeping bag to prolong the life of the sleeping bag.
How To Take Care Of Hiking Poles
Learn how to take care of your hiking poles to prolong the life of the hiking poles.
How To Take Care Of Hiking Boots
Learn how to take care of your hiking boots to prolong the life of the hiking boots.
How To Take Care Of A Camping Tent
Learn how to take care of your camping tent to prolong the life of the camping tent.
How To Take Care Of A Camping Stove
Learn how to take care of your camping stove to prolong the life of the camping stove.
How To Take Care Of Binoculars
Learn how to take care of your binoculars to prolong the life of the binoculars.
How To Take Care Of Gore-Tex®
All Gore-Tex® outerwear should be kept clean to maximize the efficiency of the outerware.
How to Take Care Of A Hydration Pack
Mold growth and odors will appear if you don't clean and take care of your hydration pack on a regular basis.


My Outdoor Eyes Photography Blog

Eastern Kingbird At Our Bird Bath On Cape Cod

What a treat it was to see this Eastern Kingbird at our bird bath her on Cape Cod. We saw our first eastern Kingbird about a month ago at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. We had never seen one before. So now to see one in our own backyard is really cool!  

The Yuccas Are Blooming And Hardy Here On Cape Cod

The Yuccas are absolutely stunning this year on Cape Cod. I wonder if it’s because of all the moisture that we’ve had. I saw this “pastoral scene” with the luscious Yuccas on one of my early morning bike rides around to the different beaches. It’s amazing what you can see when you’re not worried about … Continue reading The Yuccas Are Blooming And Hardy Here On Cape Cod

Baby Baltimore Oriole In The Bird Bath On Cape Cod

We have so many baby Baltimore Orioles in our yard this summer! It is so much fun. This little guy was still wet from his bath. The coloring of the babies is so different from the adults with almost muted yellow and brown coloring. I loved the yellow Daylilies in the background. Cute little guy, … Continue reading Baby Baltimore Oriole In The Bird Bath On Cape Cod

Purple Climbing Nightshade Wildflower At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

The Climbing Nightshade wildflowers, also known as Bittersweet Nightshade,  are just beautiful at Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod. You can see them on the trail near the Cutting Rock or on the trail leading up to the overlook parking lot. Climbing Nightshade wildflowers are a climbing vine with purple shooting star-shaped flowers of … Continue reading Purple Climbing Nightshade Wildflower At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

American Copper Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

I almost missed this  little American Copper butterfly at Fort Hill on Cape Cod. He was pretty camouflaged until he opened his wings for a second and I saw the beautiful orange color and black spots. American Copper butterflies are small, only about 1″ with orange forewings and about 8 black dots and a black … Continue reading American Copper Butterfly At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

Gorgeous Orange Day Lilies on Cape Cod

The Daylilies here on Cape Cod are gorgeous this summer. They are growing everywhere and almost seem like a wildflower on the sides of the roads. I loved the coloring of this Daylily…so vibrant a deep orange color! What do you think?


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