Category Archives: How-To Tips & Gear Advice

Find out how to choose the right outdoor gear based on expert advice on the Sierra Social Hub. We offer tips on choosing the best backpack, hiking gear and outdoor products including hiking boots, trekking poles, day packs, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, waterproof jackets, layering and more. You’ll learn how to choose the best gear and how to improve your outdoor skills. Our gear tips and advice will prepare you for all of your outdoor adventures. You can hit the gym, trail or back country with confidence after reading our outdoor gear how-to tips and advice.

Running Jargon: How to Sound Smart Around Runners

racing jargon

While it might be snowy and cold outside “race season” will be here soon. Whether you’re new to running or a seasoned veteran one thing will always be true – the world of running is full of fancy jargon, seemingly senseless acronyms and odd phrases. And let’s face it – everyone wants to sound smart when chatting up another runner! Which is exactly why I’m writing this post for you! Training Jargon Speed Work – This type of workout focuses on making you faster and includes a wide range of workouts. Some are outlined below, but don’t let that limit […]

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You Aren’t Making These 5 Layering Mistakes, Are You?

Layering Basics

Staying warm on winter adventures isn’t that difficult but you do have to know a few basic rules of layering. Whether you’re floating through some deep powder, climbing ice or snowshoeing through a wind storm, avoiding these layering mistakes can help keep you warm, dry and comfortable enough to keep going. 1. Too Many Layers- Believe it or not, the number one mistake outdoor adventures make is wearing too many layers. Sure, it’s cold when you arrive at the trailhead but once you get moving you’ll be producing a lot of heat. If you’re wearing too much you’ll likely start […]

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How to Leave No Trace While Winter Backpacking

Winter LNT

With a few more months of winter ahead for much of the country, many backpackers who haven’t ventured out since the fall might be getting the itch for a few good nights out on the trail, even if the temps are pretty chilly. To be full prepared for the winter trips, a little additional planning and preparation should take place to account for the colder temps and shorter days. One important piece of planning that also needs to be considered is how to adapt to the Leave No Trace Principles in winter. Since they take on a little different twist […]

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Feeling Sick? Get Outside


This is the time of the year when illness and cold weather seem to be the most debilitating factors in people getting outside, and with good reason! Both make us uncomfortable and less enthusiastic about adventures in general. It’s only natural. While extreme temperatures can be reconciled with good gear and heavy layers, being sick may just be keeping us out of the fresh air our bodies actually need. We don’t feel well, and the couch is a whole lot more enticing than any walk in a winter wonderland. But, here’s the thing: getting outdoors in any capacity is better […]

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10 Ways You’re Doing Ski Vacations Wrong

Ski Vacation

Sorry guys, you’ve been doing it wrong. It’s time you learn how to get the most out of a ski vacation. I lived in Breckenridge, Colo., for three years, working in a ski shop and at a lodge. I’ve seen people waste money and miss out on some fun opportunities just because they didn’t know how to plan or what to do. Follow these tips to save a wad of cash and have the awesome ski vacation you hoped for. 1. Buying tickets at the window. Wow, this can really cost you. With many resorts charging over $100 per day for lift tickets, […]

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Children Shouldn’t Stop Your Adventures – Child Carriers

Carrying kids

One thing many young families worry about when they first have children is how they going to get outside with babies or toddlers. Usually, new parents quickly discover that hitting the trail isn’t that much more difficult with babies, you just have to know how to carry them. Child Carriers or Child Backpacks Child carriers are a great way to bring your young children out for an adventure. You can strap them in safely and carry their weight more efficiently than carrying them in your arms and more comfortably than piggyback style. The child carriers fit like a backpacking backpack […]

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The One Thing Keeping You From Skiing Faster

Ski Faster

Downhill skiing and snowboarding is all about speed. Most people choose to participate in these winter sports to go fast. Surprisingly, many people aren’t skiing at full speed and it has nothing to do with their skills or lack of training. The number one thing slowing you down may be the lack of wax on your skis. Here are the reasons why you should wax your skis or snowboard more often. Why Waxing Skis is Important The base of your ski or snowboard is made of polyethylene. When your ski slides over the snow the heat and pressure of your […]

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Winter Camping Hacks

winter camping

The decision has been made: you’re going winter camping. You’re willing to lose feeling in your toes, carry an absurd amount of clothing, and hang out in your tent for an excessive period of time, all in the name of trying something new. The catch? Winter camping has a steeper learning curve when compared to the normal variety. But never fear; we’ve got a few tips and tricks that will make you a winter camping pro in no time. Keep Batteries Warm In this era of connectedness, there is a good chance you’re camping with a cell phone, digital camera, […]

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DIY Easy to Build Snowboard Rack

snowboard rack

Now that I have four snowboarders in my family, storing the boards has become a problem. Without a good way to store all of the snowboards, I usually lean them up against a wall in the garage. I don’t even want to think about how many times someone bumped into them and all four snowboards crashed into a pile on the ground. Clearly it was time for me to find an easy way to store snowboards on an inexpensive snowboard rack. I searched online for how to build a snowboard rack. I found Pinterest projects that were just too cute […]

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No, Snowshoeing is Not Just Walking in the Snow


A few years ago, an old friend of mine rented a pair of snowshoes and met me outside of Durango, Colorado where we planned to do some exploring in the San Juan Mountains. I watched him struggle through the process of putting on snowshoes for the first time, then I laughed as he stumbled for his first steps. After four or five steps he had it figured it out. Fifteen minutes into our adventure he said, “So, it’s pretty much just walking on snow isn’t it.” “Well, yes. Only better. ” I replied. Earlier this winter another friend mentioned that […]

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