Thursday, October 6, 2022

Trail Tip: Sudden Stops are Dangerous and Inconsiderate

May 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Trail Tips

Do you have hiking buddies who stop suddenly in the trail? A favorite hiking buddy of mine has a delightful childlike sense of wonder when outdoors –  she is a joy to hike with – EXCEPT when I’m directly behind her.  She stops suddenly to admire this or to adjust that.  Sudden stops on narrow […]

Trail Tip: Better Bow Knot Improves your Footing & Performance on the Trail

May 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Trail Tips, Uncommon Sense

A hiking buddy taught me this tip and I’ve noticed a significant difference in how my hiking shoes perform on the trail. This 2 minute video contains one of our very favorite trail tips. The secret to learning to do this quickly and effortlessly  is to loop the lace around your thumb, leaving enough space […]


My ENT doctor strongly recommended something that has changed my life and significantly reduced my allergy response to CA 🙂   Nasal Saline Spray: non-addictive, non-invasive, simple stuff spray as many times a day as I like I put a spray bottle everywhere – my car, my bedside table, my purse, my hiking pack Spraying after […]

Save your Knees: Hiking Tip for Steep Terrain

Watch where you step!  How many times have you heard this?  When hiking, optimal foot placement can save a tweaked or strained ankle and it can significantly improve your performance.   This post is about a technique we teach on the trail (OTT) called the Side-Wide.  It’s especially useful for steep steps or obstacles. When you […]

Hiking in the Rain: Mt. Tam & FungusAmongus!

December 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Nature

Winter hiking in the Bay Area is splendid!  Rain is delightful and the colors are intense.  As long as the wind is reasonable, Tam is an amazing place – that would be Mt. Tamalpais – to enjoy a day hike.  Rarely is it muddy, BUT when hiking in the rain, watch out for roots. Hiking […]

FAQ: Why do I wear OR Gaiters?

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Gear, Trail Tips

Gaiters keep rocks, sand, mud and dirt of out my shoes. Gaiters keep bugs from crawling up my legs. I can store my convertible pant legs in the gaiters.    If I need the legs to go thru chaparral, poison oak or nettles, I can easily pull the legs back up. A picture tells 1,000 words.