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Friday, September 30, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hiker's death spurs call for safety

Hiker's death spurs call for safety

As much as this is an article about someone who took much more risk that he should have, it is also full of excellent safety tips. Worth reading.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Top 4 Daypacks from Backpacker Magazine

Top 4 Daypacks from Backpacker Magazine

Backpacker Magazine reviews top four day packs.

These are great for walking adventures that we set up --- trips in which your luggage has pre arrived at your destination --- so all you need is stuff you need with you. In the day pack you can carry liquids, food, and the balance of your ten essentials.

However, I think that they missed one. The Osprey Daylite Plus. You can find out more about it on Amazon below.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gear Review: Walking, Hiking, Backpacking (Waterproof) Cameras

Gear Review: Walking, Hiking, Backpacking (Waterproof) Cameras

This isn't so much a review as me asking for your opinion as I am in the market for purchasing a waterproof camera to take hiking with me. Here are my ten choices. Feel free to chime in.

Background: I recently took my iPhone on a hiking trip. On the trip I was taking some great pictures. However, a rain storm broke out in the middle one of the shots. Later I needed the GPS to help me get unlost. Everything seemed fine until I got home. In trying to take a picture at home, I noticed that my picture started to wobble. I took it into the Apple store where I was told that if I wanted a normal camera that I would have buy a replacement for $300+ dollars. Yikes!!! Looks like I am now in the market for a waterproof camera.

If you have had experience with any of these, please let me know. Note: These pictures link to Amazon.


CoolPix / $355 / 4.5 stars / .47 lbs


Panasonic Lumix / $299 / 4 stars / .47 lbs


Olympus / $399 / 4.5 stars / .47 lbs


Fuji / $199 / 4.5 stars / .39 lbs


Olympus / $349 / 4 stars / .54 lbs


Sony / $390 / 4 stars / .29 lbs


Nikon / $146 / 4 stars / .36 lbs


Note: The GreatWalks team writes about products and gear that we use currently use or have used in the recent past. We highlight some of the pro’s and con’s of these products. We may have an affiliate relationship with the venders so we may get a share of the revenue should you purchase something from our site. Of course the proceeds go to a good cause, bringing you more content.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Gear Review: Salomon Men's X Ultra Prime Multifunctional Hiking Shoe

Gear Review: Salomon Men's X Ultra Prime Multifunctional Hiking Shoe

This is the shoe that I really really really want to love.

Here is the long and short for me (your experience may be different), I so badly want to love these shoes. They feel great, the laces are awesome, the toe protector is great, the grips are fantastic but ( ... and there is always the but) they don't make them large enough for me.

I have a large size 13+ sized foot. They don't make a 14 or 15 so I went with the thirteen. I know. Don't say it.

Now every time that I hike with them I get a purple toe nail which then falls off and eventually grows back. Again, your experience may be different. And I love them in every other way.

My advice is that you consider going up one more size (or 1.5) than you normally would because they seem to be sized small.

So, great shoe but buyer beware of your own foot size and needs. Otherwise this is a great shoe.






Note: The GreatWalks team writes about products and gear that we use currently use or have used in the recent past. We highlight some of the pro’s and con’s of these products. We may have an affiliate relationship with the venders so we may get a share of the revenue should you purchase something from our site. Of course the proceeds go to a good cause, bringing you more content.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

All About the Shoe

All About the Shoe: SHOE TERMINOLOGY

Last: The shape of the shoe.

Toe box: the part of the shoe where your toes can wiggle or are scrunched.

Drop: The difference the heel height and the ball of the foot height.

Heel cup: the shape of the shoe around your heel.

Rand: The shoe rand is defined as a strip under the back of a shoe to make it level.

Arch: As part of the midsole/insole that is intended to support the arch of the foot.

Insole: The padding between foot and sole.

Midsole: This cushioning layer over the shank but under the tread.

Shank: A piece of plastic inside the sole that determines rigidity and flexibility of the sole.

(Out)Sole: The underside of the shoe that makes contact with the ground.

Tread: The sticky out bits on the sole.




Saturday, September 3, 2016

Website Review: TheFirst40Miles.com

Website Review: TheFirst40Miles.com

While this site here is geared towards walkers and trails, we do also cover hiking. While looking for a few podcasts to listen to, I found a podcast called the TheFirst40Miles. The First40Miles is all about hiking and camping. Your first thought may be, listening to hiking on the radio is probably about as much fun as listening to tennis on the radio. Trust me, its way better that tennis on the radio. Josh and Heather make it fun. After listening to the podcast for the last 10 episodes, I find that I am addicted so I have decided to share it with you. I invite you to visit the website and visit the podcast as they are both informative and fun.




Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gear Review: I love this belt.

Gear Review: I love this belt. 



I am in my early 50's. While I work out regularly and I maintain a lean body, I really don't want any more restrictions than I need to have. Especially when I am huffing and puffing up a hill. Prior to the Betta Belt, I have been wearing nylon-type webbing belts. These belts have always been fine .., but restrictive. Not anymore. The BETTA Belt is a men's stretch belt made with flat, high-strength elastic webbing and a fully adjustable buckle. This belt gives you the flexibility to move and grove and huff and puff your way up hills with a minimum of restrictions. Check out the Betta Belt.





5 life-changing hikes to take in Europe

5 life-changing hikes to take in Europe