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Should You Join a Hiking Club?

For just about any activity you can think of there are bound to be like-minded individuals who share your passion. Of course, hiking is no exception to this rule. If you are an avid hiker, you may want to consider joining a hiking club. Naturally, membership in a hiking club means that you will likely be joining others as you undertake this exhilarating activity. There are several advantages to hiking with others in this way. First, hiking with others is fun and exciting as you talk with and support your fellow hikers. Second, there is safety in numbers. When you hike with multiple individuals, especially experienced hikers, you are less likely to have an accident. When examining all of the benefits of joining a hiking club, it is important to remember that not all hiking clubs are the same. For example, there are some hiking clubs where members only meet up for hiking adventures and little else. On the other hand, then there are hiking clubs that do much more. These clubs have monthly or even weekly meetings to discuss topics that are of interest to hikers. Also, during these kinds of meetings members plan hiking trips, discuss the latest in hiking gear trends, and so forth. Finally, there are hiking clubs that use fundraisers, like car washes, etc. to pay for their hiking adventures.  Choosing the Right Hiking Club When it comes to choosing a hiking club, there are a number of important factors that you should take into consideration. For example, you should know that some hiking clubs charge their members monthly or yearly fees. Make sure you find a club that fits into your budget.  Next, you will want to take your schedule into consideration as well. Do you have time to attend all monthly or even the weekly meetings? This will all depend upon your lifestyle and how dedicated you are to hiking. The people who are most dedicated to their passion always find the time.  How to Find a Hiking Club If you would like to join a hiking club, you may want to first try and see if there are any local hiking clubs in your area. You can start with this site which has a national directory of clubs. Next, you can try searching for hiking groups on a general site that brings people together who share common interests such as the site Meet up. Finally, you can try asking the staff at a local hiking park if they know of any local hiking clubs.  As you can see, joining a hiking clubs is a fun way to share your love of hiking with others who feel the same way. The more the merrier - as the saying goes. We provide scenic railroad trips and Yellowstone National Park hiking trips for groups on our site. Booking an appointment is easy and we are here to answer any and all questions your group may have.    

Why Planning is Everything When it Comes to Hiking

Are you interested in taking a hiking adventure? Of course you are, and you are on the perfect site.  If you would like to take some time to appreciate nature and at the same time get in some great exercise, it is important that you make your reservations in advance. During the summer months, you will find that camping and hiking are popular activities; therefore, many hiking parks quickly fill up. Moreover, planning your next hiking adventure in advance will give you the time to research and choose from a number of different hiking trails. We have several popular destinations you may wish to explore but of course, some people will have a greater interest in destinations – such as our Yellowstone National Park hiking – than others. Unfortunately, a large number of hikers, especially first time hikers, make the mistake of going with the first hiking trail they come across.  Once you have selected a park or trail to hike you would like to visit, you will want to take the time to familiarize yourself with the park or trail in question. This way you can learn more about the territory that you will be hiking. This is important because you will want to examine the difficulty level of the trail you will be hiking and the amount of time that it will take to hike it. This information - which you can learn from our site - is always nice to know, especially in the event of an emergency. Another one of the many reasons why you should think about planning your hiking vacation in advance is because it will be easier to prepare for your trip. When you go hiking you will need to bring numerous pieces of hiking gear with you and knowing about the trail will help you make wise choices. For instance, to stay safe on a hiking adventure, you will want to make sure that you wear proper hiking boots, as well as other hiking appropriate clothing. Making your hiking plans in advance will give you the opportunity to optimize your hiking gear and supplies checklist so that you do not forget anything. Additionally, the earlier you plan your hiking adventure the more time you will have to prepare an itinerary. An itinerary not only serves as a guide for you, but it is also something that can help keep you safe. You will want to give a copy of your itinerary to some of your friends and family members before you leave.  In short, it is never wise to go on an extended hiking trip or vacation without doing some serious planning in advance. Those who take the time to fully plan for and prepare for their hiking adventures are more likely to enjoy themselves. We hope these tips will help you get the most out of your extended hike. Our experts are here to help you enjoy what many people see as both the perfect exercise and the perfect way to explore new parts of the country and indeed the world. You can also explore the country on one of our scenic railroad trips.    

Cycling Gear: What to Wear and When to Wear it

There is a wide-range of cycling gear available from which to choose. Before you decide what you will need you should ask yourself the following questions:
  • What gear is required by law?
  • What gear will provide the most comfort for the bicycling I plan to do?
  • What equipment is best for the weather conditions in which I will be cycling?
For these questions, cycling store employees should be able to help you as you seek to purchase new or updated clothing. What gear is required by Law? Nearly every government has regulations requiring helmets for cyclists. Some states require them for all riders while others set an age requirement. This is a good thing. A good, well-fitting helmet could save your life. The right helmet can also aid you in being able to be seen by cars, pedestrians and other cyclists. On the other hand, an ill-fitting helmet has actually become an impediment to safe cycling.  What gear will provide the most comfort for the bicycling I plan to do? You should consider purchasing a variety of clothing for cycling since your needs may change as a cyclist. For starters, cycling shorts are great for longer rides. They help you to remain cool while you are exerting yourself on the roadway. This is because a quality pair of shorts can help control moisture/sweat. Finally, most shorts have a padded seat for extra protection and comfort for extensive riding. In addition to shorts, you should choose a short-sleeve cycling jersey to help your upper body stay cool on long-rides as well. However, some mountain bikers who ride through brush and trees prefer long-sleeve jerseys to protect their arms from abrasions. In short, both cycling shirts and jerseys can ensure that riders maintain a good temperature.  What equipment is best for the weather conditions in which I will be cycling? Avid cyclists hit the road during all kinds of weather. For cold days, a cycling jacket or a wool cycling jersey can help keep you warm against the cooler air while still keeping you dry. Windproof jackets are also available for wind and rain protection. Coupled with cycling pants or knee warmers, which keep your knees and legs warm and flexible, these items will help you have a pleasant ride, even when the weather is less than ideal.  On the other hand, during warm weather your cycling apparel should mirror what you would wear on long rides. Good cycling or bib shorts and a sleeveless jersey will keep you comfortable and cool. You may also want to carry a lightweight, compact cycling jacket with you. Cycling jackets made of breathable material that incorporates ventilation, like mesh vents, in the fabric can easily be found online.  In summary, if you are seriously into cycling then choosing a variety of bicycle clothing is in your best interests. The proper equipment will make you more comfortable and safer. We can provide you with a unique cycling or hiking experience on one of our Big Sur adventures. You can also book one of our truly awe-inspiring scenic railroad trips