If you are just getting started in the world of carpentry and woodworking, these are the essential basic hand tools in order to set yourself up for success. Unlike power tools, hand tools are an inexpensive way to step into the world of woodworking but remain useful even after graduating to heavier equipment.
Whatever the length of the hike, never leave home without a proper pack. Season, climate, and personal preference will often dictate what you carry in your bag, but these 10 day hike essentials typically remain the same across the board.
Though I always recommend visiting a National Park in the slower season, it may be truly advantageous to hit up Black Canyon of the Gunnison at the very beginning of the busy summer months. Not as many people to fight on the South Rim, and the option to experience East Portal Road.
Arguably one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks High Peaks region, Mt. Colden combines a challenging hike with striking views over the course of 8-14 hours, depending on the skill level. Rarely do hikes test my upper body strength, but during the majority of the Mt. Colden trail, I found myself needing to grip - and I mean grip - old-growth branches, pull myself onto fallen tree trunks, and stop my face from hitting the ground by laying out my hands first.
I quickly learned that successful gardening is no small feat. A combination of the right tools, a nurturing aura, and intense sweat equity was crucial to the process; that much I understood. But the most valuable lessons I took away popped up between the beads of sweat and rows of dirt.
There’s no one way to experience the majesty of the National Parks, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that you’re getting the most of your National Parks vacation as safely and environmentally-friendly as possible.
When traveling or backpacking, the last thing you need is more weight on your shoulders. For me, it’s all about keeping my photographic gear to a minimum when traveling or hiking. I do my best to pack with a purpose by first identifying my destination’s environment and then thinking of what kind of photos I want in the end. Although I love experimenting with different types of photographic equipment, my camera bag generally stays within the same 3-4 item range when I wander out. In this list, I’ll cover the gear setup I often take with me to cover my bases when hiking, as well as a few tips for finding the gear that suits you and your travels.