best day hikes in Scotland

15 Top-Rated Day Hikes in Scotland

A tingle of excitement gripped my spine when I was asked to write this post, followed almost as quickly by a sense of dread. How on Earth, when dealing with a country as naturally-blessed as Scotland, do you narrow the list down to just 15? Just.. ummm.. how? There are […]

zamberlan 1996 vioz lux gtx rr hiking boots review

Zamberlan 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR Hiking Boots Review

From Italy comes the Zamberlan 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR, an incredibly tough, heavyweight backpacking boot, ideal for the roughest trails or backcountry conditions. Comprised of handmade full-grain Tuscan leather, the Vioz Lux is ideal for multi-day trips under the heaviest loads. It is an upgrade on Zamberlan’s best selling […]

what is a switchback in hiking

What is a ”Switchback” in hiking?

A long and strenuous hike with many switchbacks can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Yes, it will be tough, but the views found at the top are typically worth every ounce of effort. Never heard of a “switchback” trail before? Let’s dig into the specifics of this unique […]

hiking trail names

Why Do Hikers Use Trail Names?

Trail names are a fun part of being on the trail for an extended duration. Some of the names are colorful, unique, or intriguing. There are times that the names are given by others and sometimes self-named. Trail names are commonly used during long distance backpacking trips. So, why do […]