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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
The #1 pain hikers have is knee pain. I know. After 2,000+ hikes I have some knee pain. For the past few years I have been doing things to "save" my knees. Icing, descending via my triceps through the wash, supplements etc. These methods help, but I still have some knee pain.
The Next Step
I starting wearing a knee brace compression sleeve as seen above and it really helps.
From Amazon's Product Page:
I have felt a lot less pain when wearing the knee brace during the following hikes: Griffith Peak, Mummy Nose and Forehead, Fletcher Peak, Boot Boulder, and Kraft Speed Ascents. That is enough of a test for me to say these knee braces really help me.
Although hard to see I am wearing a knee brace on my left knee.
When I wear the brace, my knee feels very strong and stable. There is no loss of range of motion. They protect my knees from the sharp rock. Also there's gel around the kneecap area in the brace to protect the kneecap. It's nice if I have to kneel on rock.
So far the knee brace is holding up well. I will wear them on all my hikes and I highly recommend them.
You can get them here.
Note: The 2 pack means a right and left knee brace not four knee braces.
The excitement of hiking – whether it lasts thirty minutes and is a small interlude in a packed day or whether it lasts several hours or even days – can be difficult to replicate. People often talk about a runner’s high, but a hiker’s high is far more apt. You have the beautiful scenery to take in, the challenging terrain, and there are even elements of the hike that can get your pulse going, especially if vertical rockfaces are involved. Being at one with nature is amazing, but sometimes we need some technological help. So, here are the best mobile developments to make your life easier when going on a hike?
Apps to Help You Hike
Monitoring fitness doesn’t just mean we need to check if we’ve done our steps – which we do – but it also means we can give ourselves a health check in some of the intense temperatures. The Fitbit is a crucial piece of monitoring technology that can help you improve fitness by taking data from each hike and plotting your progress in terms of speed, steps, and calories burned. While Plotaroute can help you plot out where you want to go on your hike and ensure it fits with the group’s level of difficulty and the timeframe you want to hike to last, the Gaia GPS app does much the same, mapping out even the contours of the earth to give an accurate representation. Meanwhile, the National Parks by Chimani app helps to plot out particular routes around national parks and could be particularly useful near Las Vegas for Zion National Park or Death Valley National Park.
Games to Help You Relax
What is the smartphone if not the most versatile gaming device? Hikes can be tiring and regular rest breaks are advisable. So, it’s important to have something fun to do while doing so, and that’s where games come in. For instance, Pokémon Go is a perfect title to take on a hike as some of the rarer Pokémon could be hiding deep in the unknown. Or we can even indulge in the magic of the city that sprawls out next to our hiking track with some online casino gaming action. As Bonus Source shows through their compilation of the best welcome offers and bonuses for a series of casinos available to play online, operators vie for players' attention through attractive offers, which means that you can get started at any of a series of reputable sites with some bonus credit.
Las Vegas is more than just the City of Lights and a place for Celine Dion, Britney, and Cher to rest in between tours. The beautiful vistas and iconic locations nearby to hike through the desert mean that you can find yourself getting lost fairly quickly. With your smartphone by your side and the appropriate apps downloaded on it, you’ll be able to hike like a pro when you're actively on the move and when you stop on the trail for a rest.
One reason many people like to travel is because it’s an opportunity to be adventurous with your meals and food. However, it can be tricky and pricy to come up with a plan of action for what you want to eat when travelling both alone and in groups.
If one fact is for certain though it’s that you’ll need to figure out what you’re eating for meals each day, meal planning can be tricky when you’re away from home and out of your routine. See advice for what you can be doing to make sure you’re well fed and enjoying your travels.
Don’t be Afraid to Dine Alone
You can’t be afraid to branch off and go out alone when you’re travelling solo. Instead of sitting in your hotel room ordering room service, you should go exploring and sit down at a restaurant. If you feel awkward during your meal or lonely, then consider taking out your phone and hopping on the internet to play casino games at Unibet while you eat.
Head to the Local Grocery Store
You may also want to consider cooking for yourself while on your trip. This is a good way to know what you’re eating and control your portion sizes and calorie intake. Head to the local grocery store and pick out some fresh foods you can prepare back where you’re staying. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you book lodging that has a kitchen and will give you this capability versus staying at a hotel. Check out Frugal Living in the UK for advice on how to best grocery shop and save money.
Make Reservations Early
If you’re planning on eating out, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance and figure out where you want to go. Many destinations are filled with visitors and will be booked up well ahead of time. Therefore, get online before you depart and make a plan of action for what restaurants you want to eat at and the types of foods you want to try. Call up the eatery and place a reservation for every day of the week, so you know exactly where you’ll be eating each night.
Be Adventurous & Try New Foods
Most importantly, this is your opportunity to branch out and try new foods that you’re not familiar with back home. See advice from the Super Nanny for how to also get your kids to try new foods if they’re travelling with you. Instead of falling back on ordering pizza each night, go out and explore the area and ask for recommendations for where to eat from the locals. You may also want to consider snacking throughout the day or eating small plates and appetizers, so you have room in your stomach to try a wide variety of foods.
Regardless of where you travel to or what you do on your trip, you’re going to need to eat. Use this guide as a way to make sure you’re well fed and making the most out of your adventures. The best part is that you have options and can work in a variety of these suggestions instead of always eating at your hotel.
A key to having a good hike is to be comfortable. Most hikers first think of their hiking shoes and this is important. But what about your underwear? If it doesn't allow freedom of movement or retains sweat you will not be comfortable.
Shinesty makes cool clothing for your outdoor activities. They gave me a pair of boxers and a thong to review. Naturally I wore the thong :)
Here's what I liked about the boxers:
They were very comfortable, almost felt like I wasn't wearing them.
They wick moisture away from my body so I stayed cool.
They were not binding. I had total freedom of movement.
They are colorful.
They protect your skin from chafing.
Here's what I liked about the Thong:
The person wearing it :)
Linda wore the thong and said; "The thong feels great!! And seamless. Didn't feel like it was holding moisture." I will take her word!
Shinesty has a variety of products for the outdoor lover. Check them out.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV