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.

Getting into Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater Kayaking

I never really thought about whitewater kayaking until I went rafting one day with a few friends.  We went through the first rapid and there were these tiny boats everywhere, people surfing waves, people swimming, it looked like a lot of fun. And it is.  I went out the next day and bought myself a boat.  Kayaking sort of changed my life.  It opened up this whole new world of adventure and not to mention I met my husband on the river. I find kayaking is a mental sport.  You really have to think a lot and be aware of […]

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How to Hang Food in the Backcountry

how to hang your food

If you are going to spend a night in the backcountry, you need to know how to store your food correctly. Improperly stored food often results in bears becoming accustomed to humans… and often ending up being shot. Keeping food, and odoriferous objects (like toothpaste or deodorant) in your tent can land you with nighttime visitors, big and small. Even in areas where there are no bears, you can end up going hungry thanks to opportunist raccoons, mice and other hungry critters. Aside from parks that require bear canisters, or areas where there are no trees, your best (and safest […]

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How to Choose a Fishing Rod and Reel

Choosing a fishing rod and reel

Choosing the right fishing rod and reel combination can help make a successful and enjoyable day out on the water. You’ll want to choose a rod and reel combo that will allow you to target the fish you are going for. Follow these tips on how to choose the right fishing rod and reel. Choosing a Fishing Rod To choose a fishing rod you’ll first want to consider the fish you are targeting. If you are targeting trout, pan fish or other small fish species, you’ll want a small fishing rod in the 5 to 6 foot range. The rob […]

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How to Not Get Hit by a Car: Simple Road Cycling Tips

road cycling tips

The most dangerous part of road cycling is riding in traffic. With cell phone use in cars, distracted drivers and road rage, bicyclist are often put in unnecessary risk. You’ve obviously got to wear a helmet and pay attention to what is going on but check out these quick tips on how to not get hit by a car. 1. Follow the Law – This is easy. Stop at all stop signs and stop lights, obey all posted traffic signs and don’t ride on sidewalks. Cyclists who do not obey the law put themselves at risk of being hit by […]

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5 Uses for Paracord on the Trail

5 uses for paracord

Paracord can be an extremely useful tool while out in the backcountry. From longer backpacking and thru-hikes to shorter adventures, paracord is a light weight tool that could be useful or may even save your life. Check out these 5 uses for paracord on the trail. Paracord can be used for first aid, replacing shoe laces and repairing equipment but here are 5 more cool uses for paracord you might not have thought about: 1. Strap wet and dirty items to the outside of your pack – This is a great way to keep those wet items outside of your […]

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Beat the Heat on the Trails: Tips for Hiking in Hot Weather

Justin Hiking in the heat

Summer’s in full swing down here in Florida and that probably explains why I immediately break into a sweat after stepping outside. Whoever says It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity is full of full dooky. It’s hot because of the heat when it’s 95+ on average. What’s a guy to do when he wants to hike in Florida without passing out from the summer heat? I say suck it up and embrace the heat. Oh you want to have a more enjoyable time? Here are five tips to help you beat the heat on the trails this summer. Dress […]

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Adventure Dogs: Fueling Your Pooch While Backpacking

backpacking with a dog

Well-behaved dogs make great hiking companions. Dogs love to experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature like you do. Your dog will need more calories than they normally eat if they are going to hike all day on the trail though. Dogs will need about 25% more calories than they normally eat to keep their energy up on a big adventure. The simplest way to add calories to your dog’s diet while backpacking is to bring 25% more of your dog’s regular food. Simply adding 25% more kibble to the food bag results in a larger volume and heavier […]

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3 Outdoor Photography Tips You Need to Know

Outdoor Photography

Nothing tops off a big adventure better than capturing the perfect outdoor photo. Climbing an elusive peak, kayaking some raging rapids or camping in a secluded canyon is all the more enjoyable when you get home with the perfect photo to share with friends. Follow these 3 outdoor photography tips to raise your photos from okay to amazing. 1. How to Take Photos of Moving Water You’ve seen other people shoot photos of moving water that captures that silky smooth look. It’s not that difficult to capture moving water if you know these simple tips: For written instructions follow this […]

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Backcountry Water Filtration and Purification: Which Method is Right For You?

Water Filtration

**This guest post from Adam Nutting covers the different types of water filtration and purification systems. Read on to learn what water filtration system is right for you.** Water, one of the most important things that is needed for every backpacking, hiking, or camping trip.  We often take clean drinkable water for granted. The biggest reason why we need to purify our water is to remove bacteria from the water that can make you ill. Giardia is the most common bug that lives in the water here in America. This nasty like bug can leave you with a stomach ache […]

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5 Natural Fire Starters

Fire starters

You are backpacking or camping and were careful not to forget your lighter and some backup matches. You’ve carefully kept your lighter and matches dry but as it becomes time to light the fire you realize the wood just won’t light. You need help getting the fire going before it gets too dark. Try one of these 5 natural fire starters. Pine Needles or Dry Leaves This is pretty simple. Look under any pine tree. Pine trees are everywhere in the west and dead needles are usually piled up at the base of the tree. If they seem wet, dig […]

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