William Tweed: Hiking gadgets dull the experience of being in nature

But as is so often the case, being able to do something doesn’t automatically mean that it is a good idea. That’s the way I’ve come to feel about back-country electronics. I go into the wilderness to spend time in a different world, not merely to extend the one I have at home.

William Tweed talks about using electronic devices while on the trail or in the wilderness. Yes, they have their benefits. But there are potential negatives to using these devices that need to be considered as well.

I enjoy, but limit, the electronic devices I carry when hiking. Some of these devices help record the trip for you and others to enjoy the trip at a later time.

Cameras can take photos and record video while enjoying interesting aspects of the adventure. GPS devices allow others to know where you are and can be used to get back to the same location in the future.

But, as William Tweed warns, don’t allow the use of these electronic gadgets distract you from properly preparing and conducting your hike. Your safety should be top priority.

Do you use electronic gadgets as you are hiking? What are the positive and negative benefits you receive from them?

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Hiking Safety: 9 Things You Need to Know – Sierra Madre, CA Patch

But just because day-hike trails may be nearby, forest officials urge folks to do some research on the terrain and elevation…

There have been many hikers lost this year. Several deaths also occurred.

Go to http://sierramadre.patch.com/articles/hiking-safety-9-things-you-need-to-know to learn 9 things you need to do to be safe on your future hikes.

How to Photograph Dragonflies (free eBook!) | PhotoNaturalist

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A free ebook is available at PhotoNaturalist.net that provides some great tips on photographing dragonflies. No information is required to download this 18-page book.

Expensive cameras are not required. The tips apply to both point and shoot as well as DSLR cameras. Even if you don’t specialize in photographing dragonflies, the ebook provides tips that can be used for other subjects.

If you are a hiker who enjoys photographing nature, get your copy at http://photonaturalist.net/how-to-photograph-dragonflies-free-ebook.

Martha Stewart plans hiking trip for 70th birthday

Martha Stewart knows how to celebrate a birthday. In celebration of her 70th birthday next week, she will be hiking and sailing with friends.

Happy birthday!

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dailydish/detail?entry_id=94083

How to Become a Better Hiker

Practice Makes Perfect is a popular saying that we have all heard many times before. It applies to hiking too.

How to Become a Better Hiker is a blog post that lists many ways to learn and practice skills to make us all better hikers. It is full of great hiking tips. It even recommends hiking in the rain.

Check out the list and be a better hiker. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Top 10 reasons to hire a hiker | Tom Mangan, Hiker for Hire

Tom Mangan recognizes that hikers have many skills and traits that make them perfect candidates for many jobs. He has listed the top 10 reasons to hire a hiker at http://www.tommangan.net/index.php/2011/06/28/top-10-reasons-to-hire-a-hiker.

The ability to embrace change and the skill to manage risk are just two that any business manager would consider important. Does this mean that hikers need to consider adding hiking accomplishments to their resumes? Maybe…

How to Plan a Day Hike

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It is easy to get lazy when preparing for a day hike because you are not camping overnight. However, one of the important hiking tips is to properly prepare for the hike, regardless of distance and time.

Check out a list of research and document items to consider before going on your next day hike at http://sectionhiker.com/how-to-plan-a-day-hike/.