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Hiking Etiquette – Listening to nature

June 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Nature, Trail Tips, Uncommon Sense

I was MORTIFIED the other day when hiking with a regular hiking group. We started at Muir Woods and I wanted to go ahead to warm up before our climb.  Plus, the quiet of Muir Woods early in the morning is magical.  I passed a gentleman and his son experiencing the wonder of this national […]

Improve your Performance on the Trail with Athletic Compression Socks

December 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fitness & Health, Gear

I’ve been experimenting with athletic compression socks.  The verdict is IN! When I wear my fancy (hot pink) compression socks, my legs, calves and feet are less tired.  They really do improve my performance. A friend who has hammer toes, uses the individual toe type (Injinji) socks and finds them extremely helpful. I splurged and […]

Desert Hiking – Tucson in January

January 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Gallery, Nature, Pole Tips, Poles for Hiking, Travel

Tucson in January.  Below is a desert pony.  This saguaro skeleton really was like a prancing pony.  To the right is a healthy young saguaro in front of a Palo Verde (AZ state tree and very green 🙂 Saguaros  can grow to 60” tall (although the tallest we saw was probably 20′ and, according to […]

POLES for Hiking, Mobility List of Classes

January 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

Here’s the calendar (so far) for 2013. Click on the calendar link for full info on times, locations, etc.  I’ll do a separate category post so that if you are looking for a hiking class or a mobility class, it will be easier to find. Wed Jan 23 POLES for Mobility: Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center […]

Two Poles or NOT Two Poles ~ There is NO question

Learning to use trekking poles for hiking is a skill that all hikers will, at some point, appreciate.  Whether you’re 30 or 90, optimal use of poles provides significant benefits on the trail.  (click on any photo to enlarge). In this post we’ll discuss Why Poles? Why Optimal Use? Benefits of Optimal Use of Poles […]

Hiking with Trekking POLES in the desert

February 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Nature, Trail Tips, Travel

2 AdventureBuddies, 2 sets of poles.  Our annual Winter/Spring desert hiking trip this year found us in Sedona.   Our first stop was Phoenix to help some folks learn about using poles via the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center.  Then onto Sedona to enjoy some hiking on terrain that’s very different from our local mountains.   Using poles […]

Learning How to use Trekking Poles for Hiking, Walking and Mobility

People are like containers.  Fill them up to capacity and then either they overflow or something has to come out to make room for more info. Learning a new skill takes PRACTICE.  In a field seminar, we fit people to determine which poles best fit their structure and will help them achieve their hiking or […]

Flower Power: One of the joys of Hiking with Buddies (and poles)

June 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Nature

Ring Mountain in Marin County is home to a very special (and indigenous) flower.  Right now is the time to see some beautiful flowers.   But look closely because it’s easy to walk right by the stunning Tiburon Mariposa Lilly.  Click on any photo to enlarge and press back button to return to post. Easy, short […]

Edgar Wayburn: Remembered in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

May 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Nature, Our World, Travel

While visiting Northern California’s Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, we happened upon a magical sighting – a sign that brought back fond memories of two amazing people – Edgar & Peggy Wayburn.  Here’s a video we created several years ago honoring the Wayburns’ work, lives and accomplishments. Be sure to click on the last photo […]

Outdoor Activities: Hiking and Biking SAFETY TIP

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Gear, Trail Tips, Uncommon Sense

The first thing rangers will tell you:  Make a copy of your ID and insurance card.  Put it in your pack. I add:  cover it in plastic wrap or in a small plastic baggie.  Write your emergency contact name and phone number on it. People often ask me what’s in my hiking pack.  I’ll get […]

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