What Muscles are Used Hiking? & How to Prevent Injury

Hiking involves walking outside, usually over long distances and up and down hills from wide open paths to rocky ascents. Hiking is a total body workout but relies most heavily on the lower body (Quads, Glutes, Calves) for power and movement. With trekking poles and a heavy backpack, the upper body and core muscles will … Continue reading “What Muscles are Used Hiking? & How to Prevent Injury”

At What Altitude Do You Need Oxygen When Hiking?

Heading out hiking or to climb a mountain peak and wondering about the effects of altitude on breathing? Bottled oxygen is normally only used for advanced mountaineering – common above 7,000m (22,965 ft) and practically mandatory above 8,000m (26,246 ft) when you enter the so-called death zone. For most recreational hikes you will not need … Continue reading “At What Altitude Do You Need Oxygen When Hiking?”

How To Use Trekking Poles: The ULTIMATE Beginners Guide

Heading out for a day hike or a backpacking trip and wondering if you should get a pair of trekking poles and how to use them correctly? Trekking poles are sticks that you walk with and hold in each hand to help you walk further and faster. Hiking poles provide extra points of contact with … Continue reading “How To Use Trekking Poles: The ULTIMATE Beginners Guide”

How Many Calories Does Hiking Burn Per Hour? Backpackers Guide

Hiking is a physically intensive activity that involves hours of exercise. Are you interested to know how many calories you’ll burn while hiking? Hiking burns between 430 to 440 calories per hour for a 72kg (160 pound person). If you weigh more and/or have a faster metabolism hiking burns more calories. If your hike has … Continue reading “How Many Calories Does Hiking Burn Per Hour? Backpackers Guide”

How Much Should Your Pack Weigh? Backpackers Guide

Heading out for a weekend backpacking or a day trek and wondering if your pack is too heavy? There is no one predetermined pack weight but here are the general weight guidelines you should aim for: Your loaded backpack should not weigh more than 20 percent of your body weight. So if you weigh 80kg … Continue reading “How Much Should Your Pack Weigh? Backpackers Guide”