There are so many rain jacket options available online and at hiking retailers that buying gear can be both time-consuming and confusing.   Manufacturers have exaggerated claims about the protection and breathability from their waterproof materials like GORE-TEX, Entrant, HyVent, Ripstop, PreClip,  Omni-Tech, etc.; the list goes on. And the price of rain protection ranges from […]

Yes, a hike leader is responsible for the basics of hiking; keeping the group together, teaching you something about the area, ensuring everyone is safe and hydrated, planning the route and logistics in advance and making sure that everyone has a good time. A really good hike leader, though, will bring much more to the […]

A 40-second video with photos along Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

There are two reasons to prepare for a hiking holiday. The first is safety; you don’t want to injure yourself. The second is enjoyment; your trip will be a more satisfying experience if you’re fit and prepared. You need to prepare three things before you go: Muscles – all your leg muscles plus your core […]