Fuel For Adventure https://www.fuelforadventure.com Backpacking & Camping Gear Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:29:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://www.fuelforadventure.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Fuel For Adventure https://www.fuelforadventure.com 32 32 Nature is Still Open https://www.fuelforadventure.com/nature-is-still-open https://www.fuelforadventure.com/nature-is-still-open#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:29:45 +0000 https://www.fuelforadventure.com/?p=2832 These are unusual and stressful times. Our daily routines have most likely changed, and being stuck indoors can be boring and a bit overwhelming. We have to remember that while our offices, movie theaters, schools, restaurants and other businesses may be closed, nature remains open for us to enjoy (just remember to practice social distancing!).

Find local trails, parks and other open spaces for mental, physical and emotional catharsis. We invite you to move your body, breathe the fresh air, and strengthen your spirit in the safe haven that’s always been there – Nature. Remember though, while the trails may be open, many facilities are now closed or closing including public restrooms, visitor centers, and public campgrounds – so plan accordingly. 

An outdoor activity everyday can keep your body and mind healthy, especially during stressful times!


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American Hiking Society – Hiking is Nature’s Therapy https://www.fuelforadventure.com/american-hiking-society-hiking-is-natures-therapy https://www.fuelforadventure.com/american-hiking-society-hiking-is-natures-therapy#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:18:53 +0000 https://www.fuelforadventure.com/?p=2605 In today’s world of chaos and constant stimulation, it’s hard to quiet the mind and think. Getting into Nature offers a way to find some silence and clarity; and it’s an important tool to counter our standards of survival in society. The more and more pressure we put on ourselves, the more our health degrades. Our minds and bodies need silence in order to regenerate. Hiking is a great way to reap the benefits of what nature has to offer. The elements whip us into shape and we sweat out our frustrations. As our muscles scream for mercy and our toes rub in our boots, we seek shade. The shelter of a giant pine tree is a luxurious refuge from the intense sun rays. Leaning against the rugged bark, the ultimate question surfaces: Why did I choose to do this? Hiking. Sometimes the fatigue from everyday life tries to dissuade us from getting outdoors; but in the end, the rewards of trekking unknown paths are too great. Hiking is a way for nature to give us some much needed therapy; and depending on where we go, it’s affordable. Here are a few reasons why hiking is the ultimate nature therapy. 1. Hiking Soothes and Clears the Mind We choose hikes based on how capable we are feeling or the size of the challenge we want. In either case, we end up mentally feeling the same: accomplished and clear minded. Everyday stressors seem so small and we are motivated to let the damaging things in our lives go. It seems the cocktail of Hiking and Nature is a remedy for unclogging the mind of the unnecessary and allowing us to focus on the bigger picture. The speed of life, these days, seems to crowd our brains with too much information. With the clarity we gain from hiking, inspiration can pour in. Ludwig Van Beethoven found that walking was imperative to his creativity, so he would take many walks throughout the day. Carrying a pencil and paper, Beethoven would write down ideas as they flowed. Most of us find that we can be more creative when we are active, as opposed to sedentary. I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs 2. Hiking Makes us More Mindful In Nature the birds serenade us, and the fresh air electrifies more than coffee ever could. The vibrancy of the trees and flowers overwhelms our eyes; while the deep blue of the sky inspires. All our senses are awakened when we spend time in Nature. Hiking helps connect us with our roots to this Earth, giving us a feeling of responsibility to protect and preserve its sacredness. It’s a way to get reacquainted with our personal passions. We often feel the drive to keep these places we hike sacred, as preserving the wilderness is vital to a better tomorrow for everyone. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein 3. Hiking Rejuvenates and Increases Happiness Many studies have proven the beneficial effects of exercise on mental health and one’s outlook on life. Physical activity induces the release of endorphin (a powerful chemical in your brain) which energize your spirit, making you feel happy. What’s great is no matter the shape you’re in, you can even reap these benefits from a small hike. As we deeply breathe in the wilderness, the stagnant things seem to fall away. Feeling very much alive; the hike ends with us refreshingly fatigued, and yet somehow better equipped to handle “civilization”. The sense of accomplishment is gratifying enough to improve our perception on all things in life. I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir 4. Nature offers us Advice When we open ourselves up to receive what nature has to offer, we find that there are many nuggets of wisdom available. Going on a hike gives us the opportunity to recognize this advice and use it in our own lives. Ilan Shamir, founder of Your True Nature, embraced nature’s advice when he created the products for his company. It was during an unsettled time in his life that he leaned against a century old Cottonwood tree and asked it for advice. Through that experience, Ilan realized guidance was all around him. Your True Nature’s advice echos the wisdom of Nature. For example Advice from a Tree: “Go out on a Limb,” or Advice from a River: “Go around the Obstacles.” Nature’s wisdom is ancient and flows freely, all we have to do is listen and be enriched. We go into nature to seek something, and often end up finding our own true nature. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir Hiking provides us with a peaceful escape. It takes us away from the high rises, traffic, and constant encroachment of technology (civilization as we know it) into a serene wildness. In today’s world, it often feels like the Wilderness and Nature are more civilized than society. Maybe if we all went hiking a little more, we could impart the good we find in the wild into the culture we live in. All of us have to do our part, and be active in protecting the places that provide this important refuge. Find trails near you and participate in preserving their existence. Take yourself, your friends, your family, your pet, and anyone else on a hike. Help people become more mindful of the future of our wildernesses and encourage action. Positive change can begin with one idea and that one idea can very likely be manifested on a single hike. ]]> https://www.fuelforadventure.com/american-hiking-society-hiking-is-natures-therapy/feed 0 Tips for Using a Bear Canister https://www.fuelforadventure.com/tips-for-using-a-bear-canister https://www.fuelforadventure.com/tips-for-using-a-bear-canister#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:48:43 +0000 https://www.fuelforadventure.com/?p=2164 Many animals can’t resist the food you have in your pack. When given a choice between eating grass or human food, they’re compelled to try to get to your food. Remember, it’s not about protecting your food from wildlife. It’s about protecting wildlife from your food.

In many National and State Parks, you are required to properly protect your food when hiking and camping so it is important to know and follow the local food storage regulations. These regulations are in place to protect the wildlife, as well as keep backcountry travelers safe.

In many places throughout the country, bears have become adept at gaining access to improperly stored food. Access to human food, either through improper or inadequate food storage, can sometimes end with bears that frequently go after human food having to be killed. Proper food storage is essential for a safe, successful trip; it ensures your personal safety and protects our bear population.

Bear canisters are required on the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail.

Before your trip, plan ahead and prepare by inquiring about food storage regulations for the areas in which you will be traveling.

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