Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!
Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right. ..
Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog
With the beautiful weather and sunny skies, summer is the perfect time to hit the trails. Whether you’re embarking on a single-day hike or week-long backpacking trip, tackle the trails with our featured hiking gear from Shopping Blitz
Men’s Columbia Peakfreak Nomad WP Sneaker
The Peakfreak Nomad WP Sneaker is a great men’s hiking shoe for summer. This hiking sneaker features Columbia’s very best waterproof breathable construction and is designed to deliver lightweight, comfortable protection on all types of trails. The high-traction outsole and supportive and cushioned midsole provide high energy return, while the Omni-Tech technology keeps your feet dry and comfortable on even the longest hikes. Retails for $90.00.
Women’s Hi-Tec Fusion Sport Mid Waterproof Boot
The Fusion Sport Mid Waterproof Boot from Hi-Tec takes hiking to the next level. This hiking shoe is incredibly comfortable, while providing superior support and protection on all types of terrain. The Fusion Sport Mid Waterproof Boot features a suede and high performance mesh upper and waterproof and breathable bootie membrane, so you can focus on the hike and not on your feet. Retails for $79.70.
Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack
In the hot summer heat, it’s very important that you stay hydrated during your hike. The CamelBak Classic Hydration Pack is perfect for keeping yourself hydrated on long hikes. The hydration pack holds 70 fl. oz. of water and features the Antidote reservoir that easily snaps closed. The low-profile design provides incredible comfort and stability and is ideal for hikers who travel lightly. Retails for $58.95.
Mountain Hardwear Cooling Ravi Flap Cap
Mountain Hardwear’s Cooling Ravi Flap Cap keeps you cool, while shielding your scalp, neck and eyes from the sun. Featuring the innovative Cool. Q Zero technology, this cooling cap delivers an instant and continuous cooling sensation to keep you comfortable throughout your trek. The neck gaiter provides additional protection, while the brushed stretch nylon fabric with a soft, cotton-like hand and wicking finish supplies extra comfort. Retails for $40.00.
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Camping is a great outdoor activity people of all ages can enjoy. Whether you want a fun family trip or a couples’ weekend, camping lets you emerge yourself in the fresh air, nature and wildlife of the great outdoors. Despite the perks of spending time outdoors, some people miss the conveniences of home. However, by bringing along the right camping accessories and obeying these camping tips, you’ll be sure to make the most of your camping trip. With these tips, you’ll be able to lessen your load, forget about home, and spend your trip relaxing and enjoying yourself.
- Don’t forget your hiking shoes – If you’re going camping, chances are you’ll be hiking. When hiking the trails, it’s important that you leave behind your ordinary sneakers and invest in a pair of durable hiking shoes. Columbia provides great hiking gear and shoes. Columbia hiking shoes are waterproof and rust resistant to ensure your feet stay cozy, dry and warm during your hike. They also provide ankle support to protect you on even the toughest terrains. For the best shoes and gear, buy your hiking shoes and clothing online.
- Choose the perfect campsite – Before you pitch your tent, you need to find the right campsite. If you’re not at a campground with a reserved site, survey the landscape to find the perfect spot. Avoid making camp at the bottom of hills or valleys or in an area where they are dead trees, downed limbs and debris. While avoiding dead trees, look for an area that has as little bit of tree coverage, so that you will be covered in the event that it rains. Once you find the perfect spot to set up camp, you can pitch your tent over a tarp on a flat, soft soil.
- Select the best tent – When choosing a tent, choose one that’s practical and suits your needs. If your tent is sleeping only 1 to 3 people, then bring along a smaller tent. Smaller tents are more flexible because they can fit better on limited campsites while leaving extra space for your other camping accessories. Also, choose a tent with double doors for extra ventilation and more room for movement.
- Place your tent upwind – As you pitch your tent and set up camp, be aware of the direction of the wind. By placing your tent upwind from your campfire you won’t have smoke blowing toward your tent.
- Try a hammock – If you’re a solo camper, you may want to consider a hammock instead of a tent. Hammocks can withstand a vast range of temperatures and weather conditions. They can be an efficient choice if your site has limited space.
- Use a water filter – By bringing just a solo water bottle and a water filter, you can lessen your load and ensure you have clean water during your trip.
Winter has officially arrived with a bang and with low enough temperatures to make the hardiest folks shiver. Instead of cowering next to the heater and praying for spring (my personal plan of attack) its best to meet the season head on! One of the best ways to beat the cold is to embrace it with activities that keep your endorphins pumping. One of our favorites is winter camping. Who doesn’t love a good campfire and a chance to commune with nature? You may think that once the temperature drops so does camping season. Not so!
Winter camping is truly an art. The key to enjoying and getting the most out of the experience is preparation, the right gear and the right ratio of caution and adventure. First tip is never go it alone. Solo camping can be cathartic in warmer months but a buddy is a must on a frigid expedition. Always keep an eye on the weather. While often unpredictable, it helps to have an idea of what you are getting into. Make sure to pack an all-weather radio to keep your group in the loop. As well, be aware of avalanche danger. Weather can be fickle and despite the best laid preparations, atmospheric changes can affect weather predictions. Check out Avalanche.org for tips and education.
They key to staying warm and getting the most comfort out of your trip is layering! When dressing for extreme temperatures its good to remember the three W’s: a wicking layer or base layer which consists of thin material made to keep moisture from the skin; a warm layer to keep the heat in and a waterproof layer to keep you dry. Another important component is versatility in clothing. Nothing you put on your body should be a hindrance, only a protection. Any clothing you pack needs to allow for variations in conditions. Other key essentials are weather-appropriate sleeping bags and tents, without which the jig is up. Accessories such as hand warmers, neck gaiters, cozy socks and protective gloves should never be overlooked.
Take a little time this season to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Turn the cell phone off and get off the grid. We have the perfect recipe for chill: mix equal parts of the great outdoors, the best-rated gear, your best buds and more than a sprinkle of your favorite libations. Go Live.
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Whether you’re trekking in Asia, rambling the moors of Britain, bush-walking in the Outback or thru-hiking the Appalachian trail, the love of hiking is universal. For outdoor enthusiasts like ourselves, the serenity that hiking brings is an unparalleled experience. At Shopping Blitz we believe in supporting people and their lifestyles. That means offering them the most durable, time-tested products at competitive prices. We get that weekends are sacred and what we choose to do with them is special. So let us help support your habit and get you communing with nature in the best gear available.
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