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.

How to Ride a Bike in a Paceline

Cycling tips

Solo rides are awesome. The wind in my face, watching the scenery fly by, setting my own pace, and conquering long distances on my own is what makes the cycling experience so enjoyable. Sharing that experience with a small group is even better. Riding with a small group, I can cover even longer distances because I use less energy at a time when I ride in a paceline. I’d venture out to say that knowing how to ride in a paceline is a skill any cyclist should have and is essential during cycling races. Here are a few pointers to […]

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Are You Making This Common Hiking Mistake?

hiking mistake

Hiking is basically walking, right? It’s easy. Anyone can do it but are you making this common mistake? Many hikers have discovered the advantages of using trekking poles but many people are using them incorrectly. Take a look at these two photos and decide which one is the correct way to hold a trekking pole. So what do you do? Reach into the strap and grab the pole or reach up through the strap then grab the pole? Photo two is correct. To get the best grip you want to start low and reach up through the strap then grab […]

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How to Maintain a Fishing Rod: Rod and Reel Maintenance

rod and reel maintenance

Landing that prize winning trout requires you to have a rod and reel set up that is in good condition. You can increase the longevity of a rod and reel and keep it performing at optimal level with just a few minutes of maintenance. Watch this quick video for tips on how to maintain a fishing rod. Rod and Reel Maintenance Do these quick things to keep your fishing rod in the best working condition: Clean the rod- Use a damp rag to wipe down the rod and remove any debris. Pay special attention to the guides as they are […]

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10 Fun Things To Do While Camping

Things to do while camping

Camping is one of my favorite things to do. I’m often asked by non-campers what we do all weekend. That question catches me off guard because we’re always so busy just doing whatever comes up. Whether you’re family camping with kids or just going with adults, here are 10 things to do while camping. 10 Things To Do While Camping 1. Throw Rocks – Seriously, you remember throwing rocks as a kid. It’s just as much fun now as it ever was. 2. Just hang out. Nothing is better than a little hammock time. Catch a well-deserved nap, collect your […]

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More Great Brands Made in the USA

Made in the USA

Back in January, I wrote a post introducing ten great brands offered by Sierra Trading Post that make products in the United States. With Labor Day coming up, I thought it might be a good time to showcase a few more American-made brands. If you’re familiar with any of these, give us a shout-out in the comments and tell us about your experience. You can also tell us about your favorite brand that didn’t make our list. Proof Eyewear: Sunglasses with Attitude Founded in 2011 by a young entrepreneur named Brooks Dame, Proof is a fashion eyewear brand based in […]

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Gear Testing: How Kelty Test and Designs Backpacks

kelty backpack testing

We love outdoor gear and are always looking for the best products. Have you ever thought about how outdoor gear is designed and tested? We called our friends at Kelty to see how they test their new backpack designs. They invited us to the Kelty backpack testing facility to see first hand how it’s done. Watch this video to see the tests Kelty uses to measure how comfortable their designs will be on the trail. Kelty has developed a way to simulate the distribution of force on the body when it’s carrying a fully loaded pack. This test helps them […]

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You Want to Run Your First Half-Marathon?

Train for a half-marathon

So you want to run your first half-marathon. Good—I’m glad. It’s every runner’s first “real” running accomplishment and it’s the high mileage gatekeeper. Before you set out on your own or go signing up for your first half-marathon, read these training tips to ensure your best chance at finishing. 1. Give yourself adequate time to actually train for a half-marathon. Listen to your body and plan accordingly. More advanced runners might only need six to eight weeks to prepare for a half-marathon. Consider taking a couple extra weeks to prepare. I gave myself 10 weeks and did just fine (I […]

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3 Ways Drivers Can Help Cyclists

Cycling tips

I live in Wyoming. There are more pronghorn here than people. There are more horses in my neighborhood than residents. So it’s not like overcrowding is exactly a problem. Still, whenever I ride my roadbike, something cool happens. I am nearly overcome with gratitude for the awesome drivers who share the road with me. In three years of weekly riding, I have precisely zero stories of negative encounters with drivers on my state’s highways and byways. Zero. What do these drivers do right? 1. They give me plenty of room as they pass. On a two-lane highway with plenty of […]

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5 Common Backpacking Mistakes That Can Cost You Your Life

backpacking mistakes

Heading into the backcountry requires some survival knowledge and attention to safety. You can’t plan for everything you might experience on a backpacking trip but you can prepare yourself with quality gear and enough knowledge to spot dangerous situations. Keep reading to learn the 5 common backpacking mistakes that can put you in serious danger. 5 Common Backpacking Mistakes 1. Ignoring poor weather conditions- Last week as I quickly descended Flattop Mountain with dark clouds closing in on this section of Rocky Mountain National Park, I came across multiple people still climbing the mountain (without rain jackets). Having been in […]

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3 Ways Outdoor Adventures are Easier as the Kids Get Older

easy outdoor adventures with kids

My kids are elementary age, 10 and 7, and we have had plenty of outdoor adventures over the years. We’ve camped, hiked, swam, and explored the world around us. Some of those outings have been hard, difficult, and a few have been plain torture. However; as with anything in life, you live and learn. We have had equally as many wonderful times spent outside and that always makes the effort totally worth it. As the children have grown, I have too. I’ve learned their personalities and temperaments. What works for one child doesn’t necessarily work for the other. Our current […]

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