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How to prevent blisters.

Nothing can ruin a good hike–or vacation for that matter–like a blister or two. Or ten. Real Simple suggests using Bodyglide, the stuff that triathletes slather on their rub-together-areas to prevent chafing. Especially good for sandal-wearers, but also good for between the toes when donning socks. Via Lifehacker.
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The incredible folding boat.

Don’t have room for a durable boat but don’t trust inflatables? Your worries are over, thanks to Porta-Bote. This little water craft folds down to a mere 4 inches flat, and the 12 footer weighs only 69 pounds, which means you can strap it to your vehicle’s roof like a surfboard. Not only can it handle an outboard motor, Porta-Bote also offers a Lateen rigged sailkit option. Check the retailer’s website for more sizes, information...
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Hike the Appalachian Trail in 90 Seconds Flat!

Check out this compilation of photos detailing Old Goat’s hike through the Appalachian Trail, which began on March 15th, 2006 and ended on August 28th, 2006. Inspiration--with banjo accompaniment.
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Why you should use a hiking stick.

Backpacking dot net has a good argument as to why hikers should carrying walking/hiking poles/sticks when out on the trails. The author points to the popularity of the poles in Europe versus the U.S. where they are less ‘fashionable.’ The argument is that fashion has nothing to do with using one for they will ‘prolong the life of your legs, feet, and especially, knees,’ among other things. Here’s an outline of why all hikers should...
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How to build a one-match fire.

Clark Green has a great video on You Tube detailing the art of building the perfect campfire--almost guaranteed to start with just one match.
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Retrace your steps with the Trackstick

Infinitely more reliable than bread crumbs is the Trackstick ($179). The device has a 1Mb brain that records your every step for months. Use it on trails or while vacationing and then link it up with Google Earth ‘to offer an entirely new perspective of your journey.’ (No kidding.) It receives signals from 24 various satellites orbiting the earth that can pinpoint the device’s position to within 15 meters.
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How to Train Like an Olympian

National Geographic asked Olympians for workout advice for weekend warriors who want to improve their endurance, power and speed. Here is the breakdown.For endurance, Rebecca Dussault, cross-country skier, gives us this workout. Jog slowly for 15 minutes as a warm-up. Then, to loosen leg muscles, sprint for ten seconds and follow with a ten-second jog. Repeat. Run at your 5K race pace for two minutes. Jog for two minutes. Repeat the two-minute speed intervals six to...
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Make an Altoid tin survival kit.

Field & Stream has step by step instructions on how to assemble a pocket survival kit out of an Altoids tin. They break down the components into categories such as fire and light and food and water needs. Just tuck a survival blanket into your other pocket for shelter and protection and you’re good to go. Via Lifehacker.
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