Mar 24

Thanks for the Trailsnet Donations

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Many thanks to those who have donated to Trailsnet so we can continue to provide the best trail information on the internet. We always appreciate your donations to help keep the Trailsnet website up and running. It’s fairly expensive for website hosting and frequent updates to keep Trailsnet easy to use. One of the next goals for Trailsnet is to approve its visual appeal and make it more professional looking and easier to navigate.

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Mar 17

Fell Running on Lake District Trails

Get Fell Running Fit

If you’re looking for a great way to get fit without going to the gym or pounding tarmac roads, fell running is the ideal sport for you. With humble beginnings in the 1800s, fell running came into existence by the necessity for shepherds to navigate hilly terrain quickly to look after their flocks. This necessity soon became a challenge between the shepherds, and the sport of fell running was born.

Offering the ideal conditions for fell running the Lake District offers various fell running routes and a healthy fell running community. There’s gentle slopes for newbies, along with more demanding runs for the more experienced runners.

Best Trail Running Shoes & Clothing

The infographic below offers hints and tips to new comers to the sport, highlighting the main features and giving you the low-down on the best attire and shoes needed for your safety, along with the different trails and routes. The guide also includes lots of information on how to get started, so get your boots on and join the community of fell runners in the Lake District. It’s exhilarating fun and a fabulous way to get fit, with the challenge of racing against other enthusiasts if you want to.

Lake District Lodging for Fell Runners

Set in the heart of the Lake District the Craig Manor Hotel offers a wealth of charm. Offering home cooked meals and wonderful surroundings it’s the ideal base from which to explore this area of outstanding beauty. Perfect for fell runners, walkers and those who love water sports, the Craig Manor Hotel is ideal for those who love the great outdoors and all it has to offer.

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Fell Running Information

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Jan 14

Improve Your Mountain Biking Skills

5 Ways to Improve Your Mountain Biking Skills

It’s always a good idea to continue improving your mountain biking skills for any new trails and locations you decide to visit. The more you improve upon your skills as a bike rider, you will be able to enjoy more skilled trails and tracks that aren’t for beginners or intermediate bike riders.

If you want to improve your skills in your mountain biking, then we have 5 ways how you can improve and better your skills. These 5 tips on how to improve your skills will have you as a better rider on the trails in no time.

Mountain Biking skills

Improve Mountain Biking

Bike Maintenance

This is a basic point of knowledge, but a lot of people will forego maintaining their bike. Bike maintenance isn’t just to keep your bike in great shape, but also to protect you as a rider and help you to better understand the mechanisms and parts of your bike.

Keeping your bike clean and protected from the elements is only one part of maintenance. The other part is much bigger and more detailed. Make sure your chain is always oiled and clean of any build-up or debris. Verify that the frame is not cracked, bent, or damaged in any way. Check your wheels for tire pressure, flats, broken spokes, and anything that could cause a problem.

Check every part of your bike, including the brakes, handlebars, seat, and pedals for anything that could potentially hurt you or damage your bike. Make sure the brakes don’t squeak and that the gears shift easily.

By maintaining your bike, you are not just protecting you and your bike, but also those who ride alongside you on trails. The people on the trails expect you to keep your bike maintained, so they’re not affected by your bike performance.

Bike with All Skill Levels

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Mountain Bike Skills

Biking with all different skill levels allows you to see where you’re coming from and where you need to be. You can learn things from all groups. Watch how beginners and experts break differently. They’ll take turns, obstacles, and landings all individually.

By watching different skill levels, you can see what you are still doing that is stopping you from advancing, and watching the things you have already improved upon. By riding with levels below you, you can see where you need to improve to get better and realize that your skills aren’t where you want or need them to be.

Watching and learning from expert riders give you the chance to try new skills. You can break later at turns, rush through obstacles, work on your landings and try new trails. The best part of riding with expert riders is their willingness to help you succeed and to help you to better your skills.

Trying new trails with expert riders can benefit your improvement upon your skills.

Learn and Perfect Your Wheelies

Focus on making sure you can do a wheelie and nose wheelie. These are important skills to have for any type of riding

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Mountain Biking Skill

but will be very important when on trails. Trails can have rocks on the paths, branches, debris, and fallen tree trunks.

By making sure you can do these wheelies, you can ensure that you can get over the debris. The wheelie allows you to control the front part of your bike, while a nose wheelie takes care of the back end. Getting over things in your way is an important skill to have when on trails and with a group.

The wheelie is where you have one pedal up and the other down. You pull up on the handlebars, push on the pedal in the up position while you shift your weight to the back wheel. You can either let your bike down after the half-rotation of the pedal or continue to pedal forward. If you are going too far back, use the brake to make your front wheel come back down.

The nose wheelie can be very tricky for some people to learn. First, make sure nothing will stop your front tire from moving and do not use the brake. In one swift movement, lean forward and push forward on the bars while you pull up with your feet. Try doing this one until you are confident in your ability to do it when necessary.

Don’t Dwell. Relax.

Everyone makes mistakes, but dwelling on them prevents you from moving on and improving your skills. When on trials, many obstacles, jumps, and turns can make people hesitate, especially if all they are thinking about whether they will make the same mistake.

All bikers learn that past experiences help them to improve, so the sooner you move on from a mistake you made when biking, you can develop your skills to prevent the same mistake from happening again.

Mistakes, accidents, and failed landings all happen, and they happen to all bikers despite their skill level. They will happen again, but if you dwell on something you did before and continually think about the mistake, it will only prevent you from doing better, which will slow down everyone else in your group or on the trail.

Ride Everywhere You Can

It is so crucial for you to ride anywhere you can. Riding helps improve balance, concentration, and if you ride anywhere you can, it’ll improve your trail skills. Riding on the roads will help you to be more cautious of other riders, foot traffic, laws to obey, courtesy, and debris.

Riding on small and simple bike trails and paths will help you to feel more comfortable in a different style of terrain, watch for foot traffic, be courteous to other bikers, and watch for animals and debris.

Riding on more advanced trails and paths will allow you to become more comfortable with rough terrain, twists and turns, other bikers, more bike traffic, rules to follow, and how to handle your bike in different settings.

Riding everywhere you can improve your skills for different terrains, people, other vehicles and bikes, you’ll become more courteous, and you will learn how to take twists and turns, move from debris, and react quicker to sudden issues that arise on your trails.

 About me:

I’m Denise and I’m a mountain biker who enjoys cross-country biking all around the world. I worked as a trainer for 6 years before becoming a co-founder of a private biking lessons school to teach people how to properly train and ride bikes to prepare them for cross-country and any activities they want to indulge in. I’m also a co-founder of MountainBikeEZ.

 

 

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Dec 29

West Coast Trail in Canada

Hiking the West Coast Trail in Canada

Your Guide to Exploring the WCT of British Columbia

As part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the West Coast Trial of Canada is known for its sheer natural beauty, but also its rough, unspoiled terrains. What might be a potentially hazardous hiking destination, the trail might test you to your limits, but the sweet reward that lies in its one-of-a-kind setting offers a scenic experience that’s unsurpassed.

 

What You’ll Need to Hike Here

Aside from an excellent hiking GPS; you’ll also need some serious stamina and you’ll need to know the ins and outs around backcountry camping. Steep slopes, deep gullies that need to be crossed on fallen trees and an all-round slippery trail are all part of a normal day of hiking out in this part of the world.

 

Duration of an Average Hike

If you’re planning a hiking expedition on the West Coast Trail and want to ensure that you see as much as possible, set aside a good 6 days or so (if you’re fast paced) to complete your adventure. If you plan on walking at a steadier pace, you’ll need roughly 8 days on the WCT.

 

What to Expect From the Weather

The West Coast Trail has a temperate climate, with heavy rains falling between the months of July through to September. Rain is also a normal occurrence between April and June. Summertime sees an average temperature of 57°F, but keep in mind that heavy fog early in the mornings can delay your hiking plans with a few hours.

 

When to Hike the West Coast Trail

The trail’s open season runs from the 1st of May to the 30th of September annually. Don’t expect any man-made shelters here, so make sure that you’re fully prepped and take along everything you’ll need to set up camp when the weather goes south.

 

You Should Hike the WCT If…

The West Coast Trail isn’t a hiking destination that’ll fit the taste and expertise of just any hiker. Intermediate and advanced backpackers should take on this trail since it’s not the place for rookies to get into the swing of things. You also want to make sure that you travel in small hiking groups, keeping the maximum group size to roughly 10 people.

 

Where to Kick Things off at WCT

Pacheena Bay Trailhead offers relatively easy access to the trail, although there isn’t a hiker’s ferry to get you to where you need to be. You may also want to consider kicking off your hike at Gordon River Trailhead, in which case you’ll need to ferry to the Official Gordon River Trailhead to get started. Keep in mind that the pace here isn’t fast, which mean that it’ll take you about 2 days to reach Walbran Creek.

 

Ditjdaht First Natin Nitinat Lake Visitor Center is a mid-point exit-and-entry point to the West Coast Trail, and you’ll be able to set up a nice base camp here along the Nitinat Narrows before you head further south or north on the trail.

There are regular shuttle busses that run between three of the main trailheads in WCT, and if you’re concerned about parking, rest assured that the three trailheads offer more than sufficient and secure parking opportunities.

 

Important Information

If you plan to hike the West Coast Trail, you’ll need to possess a Trail Use Permit since you may be liable to fines if you are hiking without it. To get your permit, you’ll need to get in touch with Hello B.C. Reservation Services at 1-800-495-5688. Reserving your spot and booking your permit gives you a guaranteed hiking date, which is important since there is a quota on how many hikers may use the trail at any given time.

 

Considerations for Hiking the West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail’s managing agents enforce a strict no-trace camping and hiking rule, which means that hikers need to stick to a certain set of rules. Here are a few basic etiquette guidelines that’ll help you make the most of your journey through the WCT…

  1. Whatever you pack in must go back out with you. No glass or cans are allowed inside the park.
  2. Take a lightweight camping stove. Fires are only allowed on the beach, not in forested areas, which means that you shouldn’t rely on a campfire for getting food cooked.
  3. Collect water upstream if you must, but be water-wise and boil or filter all drinking water that you collect along the way.
  4. Take enough food. High-energy foods that don’t take up a lot of space and have low GI contents are king on these rugged terrains, but always ensure that you pack enough food to last you 2 extra days, just in case of an emergency.
  5. Don’t take the park back home with you. No marine life, plants, artifacts, or natural resources found on the West Coast Trail may be removed from the park. This forms part of the National Parks Act, and persons found violating these rules may be subject to heavy fines.

 

Packing List for the West Coast Trail

While we all have different tastes and think about essential gear in different ways, here’s a list of some of the essential pieces of gear that you’ll need to help you survive your hike through the West Coast Trail:

  • Good Quality Hiking Boots
  • Collapsible Ski Pole or a Hiking Staff
  • Lightweight Backpacking Stove and Extra Fuel
  • Lightweight, High-Energy Foods
  • Compact Backpack
  • Good Quality Tent with a Waterproof Fly
  • Synthetic-Fill Sleeping Bag & a Closed Cell Foam Sleeping Pad
  • Garbage Bags
  • Good Hiking Watch
  • First Aid Kit

 

Final Thoughts

We hope that this guide has shown you more or less what to expect, and how to plan for your hiking expedition through the West Coast Trail of Canada. Remember: the terrain might be a bit tough to handle at times, but the majestic scenery that you’ll be rewarded with will be worth it, every step of the way!

About The Author

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guest blogger Eric

 

I’m Eric, and I’m the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. I’m also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. I enjoy all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. I currently live in Brazil where I can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around my city!

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Dec 19

Shoes For Trail Running

Choosing Your Shoes For Trail Running

Trail running is a very enjoyable activity that both beginner and advanced runners can easily participate in. It really doesn’t need a whole lot of preparation to do. All you need is the willingness to run the trails and of course, the right gear. 

When I say gear, what I really mean is trail running shoes. Doing trail running involves using the right pair of trail running shoes. For both beginners and advanced runners, using the right pair of shoes can mean the difference between a good and fun run and injury. 

Doing a quick research can solve that for you. So, here’s a quick guide on what trail running shoes to go for.

 

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Nov 12

How to Hike Safely During Hunting Season

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10 Ways to Be Safe When Hiking During Hunting Season

Hunting and hiking have gained massive popularity as great outdoor activities. However, a challenge arises in that one poses a danger to the other. It is highly likely for a hiker in the woods to be mistaken for a hunter’s target. Another bone of contention is that both activities are most enjoyable at almost the same time. This article is therefore geared to bring some education to hikers. The goal in mind is to see to it that hikers and hunters can coexist.

#1- Wear bright colors

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Be Aware of Hunting Areas

When out hiking in the woods, it is perhaps a good idea to be as noticeable as possible. Avoid wearing dull colors; earth toned green and animal colored clothing. You want to be as conspicuous as possible to avoid being mistaken for game. Therefore, it is advised that hikers dress in neon orange as it stands out. An orange vest, hat or hunting backpack cover will ensure that you catch a hunter’s glimpse from afar.

#2- Know the hunting seasons

In every hunting state, you will find the relevant details with the state agency. Be it the dates for hunting deer, bear, waterfowl or other game. Seasons are also different for bow hunting and firearms. For instance, wild turkey shooting season comes in the spring. Hikers should also be on the alert during the white-tailed deer season in autumn.

#3- Announce your presence

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Protect Your Dog

Hiking is not one of those activities you want to carry out quietly. Wearing a bell, whistling, singing, engaging in conversation or making noise, will let the hunters know when you are somewhere nearby. Animals like the bear will also steer far from you when they hear the sound. In mountain basins, sound travels fast and since hunters are keenly listening for any sounds, they will be warned. You should also raise your voice when you hear shooting.

#4- Protect your dog

In case you love bringing Fido for hikes, bear in mind that a hunter may easily confuse him for a coyote. Hence, it is prudent to prevent him from wandering off by keeping him on a close leash. Dressing your adorable furry baby in orange is also a good precaution. 

#5- Be on the lookout for signage

Signs are valuable media when you are out hiking. Some states prohibit hunting near hiking trails. In some states where such rules may not exist, such trails are usually closed to non-hunters during the season.

#6- Stay on the trail

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Wear Bright Colors

When on a hike, you want to stick to the defined path. This is not the time to go geo-coaching. Hunters will be looking for targets in more wooded areas. 

#7- Know the times when animals are most active

It is not advisable to go hiking at dawn and dusk. First, this is the time when animals like the deer are most active making it a prime hunting time. What makes it more dangerous is the fact that the hunter’s vision is a little impaired making it difficult for him to make out figures and colors in the dark. If you are out at this time, ensure that you have with you a flashlight or a headlamp.

#8- Be informed of where hunting is allowed

A quick phone call to the state agency can give you some basic information about the places where hunting is and isn’t allowed. With this information, you can decide on where to hike accordingly. Hunting is not allowed in most parks, especially national park units. Additionally, some states prohibit hunting on Sundays. This is also another safe option for hiking.

#9- Head for higher ground

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Hike With a Buddy

One significant advantage of high ground is that is not a favorable hunting ground. Why? At high altitudes, you will rarely find animals. You can’t also overlook the fact that the view from up there is spectacular. 

#10- Do not hike alone

Although coming in at the last point, you may even consider it as the most important. Walk as a group, or make sure you take a partner with you when going out. Accidents happen at times and in such cases, someone can offer you help or go for assistance.

In some states, hunters are required to undergo some education before issuance of their licenses in a bid to reduce hunting related accidents. These 10 safety tips are meant to ensure that you as a hiker are also in the safety zone to avoid taking chances.

Author Bio: Kevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else, and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at www.deerhuntingfield.com

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