Footwear is key to any national park visit, even if you're trip involves water. Today we're sticking to the land, though, with two pairs of shoes from Chaco that can make your feet comfortable whether you're touring Glacier National Park in Montana or Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.
Traveler's Gear Box
Spend enough time outdoors in the national parks, and you'll need a good shell jacket that sheds water, both that falling from the sky and that which your body generates when active. While many jackets do a good job of keeping you dry from falling precipitation, many aren't quite as efficient with venting your perspiration. But a new line of shells from Mishmi Takin seems to have solved that vexing problem.
You're counting down the days, double-checking your gear, your food drops, your mental fitness. Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail end-to-end takes some planning and mental preparation, so don't overlook your feet.
Growing up, jeans seemed to be the preferred pant for hiking and backpacking. And then along came khakis, wool if you expected rain or snow, and then, of course, synthetics. To continue the evolution, Fjällräven adds its trekking trousers with the company's proprietary G-1000® Eco fabric.
Heading into the backcountry of a national park is not without risk, and so more and more travelers are opting to take some form of personal locator beacon with them. They’re well aware that cellphone coverage can be iffy at best, if not totally non-existent.
The new Sony 4K action cam has all the features, and then some, you'll want in the field to record your expeditions.
It's not often that I'm stopped in my tracks by a product. After a quick loop through our local REI in Salt Lake City a while back, I headed over to International Mountain Equipment just a few doors away. This small shop is the real deal for climbers and outdoors people. It's the type of store that sells things you'll use for decades until they wear out. So, as I looked over some climbing nuts and harnesses I spotted a book on the glass counter: the 3D Atlas of Zion National Park in Utah. Sounded interesting.