The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 35-50

Get ready for the long fitness haul with these skills, workouts, and essential info. The Body Fit hikers in this age range routinely overtake huffing and puffing twentysomethings on big days. That’s because endurance performance reaches its absolute peak in the late 30s. Long-distance runners and most mountaineers achieve their greatest physical potential during this…

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The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 50-65

Fight the sedentary lifestyle and get a move on with these exercises and essential skills. Your Body Aging alone does not a weaker person make. A sedentary lifestyle is what really puts the skids on health and well-being. Starting at about age 50, the fight for fitness has one front that you can’t control (age-related muscle…

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How to Have the Best Backcountry Dinner Without Hiking in Food

Get in touch with your inner hunter-gatherer and have the best backcountry dinner that’s entirely from nature. It’s the ultimate survival test. Fish can be a decadent treat in the backcountry—if you can catch one. Photo by Ano Lobb/ FlickrPrep Work Planning isn’t always fun, but if you are foraging edible plants it’s a necessity.…

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The Hike Forever Fitness Plan: Age 18-35

Build your fitness foundation with this essential physiological info, tips on eating right and exercises for staying in prime hiking shape. Your Body At this age, you’re at your physical peak: fast, strong, and quick to recover. That lets you play hard–but without training, you won’t reach your potential or lay a solid foundation for…

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5 Drinks for Backcountry Bartenders

Passing around the flask makes you a good friend. Whipping up one of these wilderness-ready cocktails from top bartenders? That makes you a legend. Class up any camp with plastic cocktail cups from GSI Outdoors (Photo by Ben Fullerton).Treeline Negroni Tad Hamilton, head bartender at Montgomery Distillery in Missoula, Montana, recommends a juniper-heavy gin (plug:…

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How to Make Your Own Energy Bars

Save money and eat better with these DIY trail snacks. Photo by: Ben Fullerton Photo by: Ben Fullerton Quick 5-Minute Protein Truffles “Truffles are great for spur-of-the-moment types,” says Saulsbury. And they’re endlessly customizable—roll them in one of her favorite coatings, or experiment with whatever you have on hand. Makes a dozen 1-inch balls; gluten-free…

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