Hiking Articles

Getting Started
TROY ASPLUND A Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking

Check out Columbia Sportswear’s guide to everything you need to know to start backpacking.

Gear Advice
RACHEL CAVANAUGH How to Lace and Tie Hiking Boots

From surgeon’s knots to runner’s loops, here are the best lacing techniques for your hiking shoes

Outdoor Skills
DAVID YOUNG How to Prevent Chafing on the Trail

Don’t let discomfort derail your adventure. From hiking to trail running, here are some tips to keep you chafe-free.

Outdoor Skills
KRISTEN GILL How to Hike at Elevation

Planning a high elevation hike? Check Out Columbia Sportswear’s guide to hiking at high elevation for tips, a gear checklist, safety information and more.

Getting Started
DAVID YOUNG Tips for Hiking With Your Dog

Introduce your dog to the joys of hiking with Columbia’s tips for hiking with your dog.

Care & Repair
TROY ASPLUND How to Clean Hiking Boots

For peak performance mile after mile it is important to take care of your gear. Check out our guide to proper care for your hiking boots.

Gear Advice
RACHEL CAVANAUGH This Body Positivity Activist Reviewed Our Best Plus-Size Hiking Clothes

We sent a popular gear tester some of our best hiking gear and activewear. Check out her top five picks for plus-size hiking gear.

Gear Advice
TROY ASPLUND The Ten Essentials of Hiking and Backpacking

Headed out on a hike or backpacking trip? Don’t forget the ten essentials of hiking and backpacking.

Gear Advice
DAVID YOUNG How to Layer for Hiking

Before you head out on the trail check out Columbia Sportswear’s guide to layering for hiking.

Outdoor Skills
KRISTEN GILL Unique Hiking Picnic Ideas for Every Palate

Tired of the same old PB&Js and granola bars? Try these one-of-a-kind hiking lunch ideas on your next adventure.

Gear Advice
RACHEL CAVANAUGH The Hyper-Grippy Traction on This New Hiking Shoe Lets You “Be The Goat”

Columbia Sportswear’s Facet™ 75 Mid boasts cutting edge technology that helps you climb trails like a mountain goat.

Getting Started
DAVID YOUNG How to Plan Your First Solo Hike

Discover the joys of hiking alone with these tips for solo hiking adventurers.

Outdoor Skills
DAVID YOUNG Leave No Trace: Rules for Hiking Ethics and Etiquette

Learn how to become a more ethical hiker with our quick-guide to Leave No Trace principles.

Gear Advice
MICHELE ELDER What to Wear Hiking: 10 Essentials to Pack

Whether you’re a beginner hiker or a trail expert, here’s a packing checklist for your next day hike.