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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.
The Lebboulder work out gloves are great for lifting weights, but are they a good hiking glove?
Here is my take:
Unlike most gloves the Lebboulder Gloves leave the fingertips exposed so your fingertips can grip the rock. This is very important when rock scrambling and rock climbing. Your fingertips grip the rock much better than any glove can.
Also, since your fingertips are free you have a lot of dexterity. I typed the last sentence wearing these gloves.
Do you have bad or weak wrists? The Lebboulder Gloves gives you great wrist support. They wrap around your wrist twice and then secure by velcro. No worrying about the gloves coming loose.
As you descend through canyons or down climbing we use our palms. By using your hands you take pressure off of your knees. The Lebboulder Gloves are padded to protect and take some pressure off of our hands. This is very good.
Also with the open air design you hands stay cool and the gloves do not smell.
Do these gloves give a good grip when climbing rope. The answer is No. They are not made for that. However, if you use climbing chalk with the gloves that gives you a good grip.
I really like these gloves. They are well made, good for climbing, and protect your hands. An added bonus is they are helpful for people with bad or weak wrists. I recommend these gloves and I use them.
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Hiking continues to be a popular form of exercise in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, with more and more people coupling the activity with seeing the grand sights of the Sin City or the surrounding natural wonders like Lake Mead. Hiking, as described by WebMD, can be a powerful cardio workout that improves your blood pressure, boosts bone density, builds strength in your leg muscles, and lowers your risk of heart disease.
Many people opt to hike on their own or as a couple, and while that’s all well and good, they’re missing out on all of the added benefits and fun to be had when hiking with a group. Here, we’ll be breaking down the pros of joining a hiking group in our local area as well as highlighting a group that some see as a bit unconventional, but certainly delivers some added fun along their unique hiking trails.
Enjoy your hikes even more with a hiking group
One of the most obvious benefits of joining a hiking group is that you’ll be walking around with like-minded people who also enjoy the activity and the sights along the way. You all take on the challenge together, which, in turn, creates lasting bonds to enhance the experience. ActiveJunky puts the comradery as the greatest aspect of hiking with a group, but just as important is the additional safety that comes with walking in a group. Particularly when you’re tackling challenging trails like those that meet the stunning Sierra Peaks, getting injured while on your own can cause a lot of problems. But when you have people around you, there is help at hand.
While you can gain a lot of in-depth knowledge about hiking around Las Vegas and throughout Nevada online, the veterans in hiking groups will know many secrets about the local area, trails, and places to stop which can be invaluable if you decide to go out on a solo hike in the future. Whether it’s hiking through the city towards Red Rock Canyon, which is a mere 20 miles west from Las Vegas, or exploring the wild surrounding area, someone in a hiking group is bound to have a tip or two for you.
Finding a hiking group in Las Vegas
Las Vegas boasts many iconic sights throughout the city and a beautiful surrounding area that’s filled with natural wonder. So, as you would expect, there are a fair few avid hikers in the area. Thanks to the internet connecting us all, there are also many Las Vegas-based hiking groups, some of which boast thousands of members. The website MeetUp shows that there are loads of hiking groups that all have something different to offer, from the Las Vegas Hiking for the 20s and 30s group to the High-Conscious Nature Hikes group. Hiking Las Vegas boasts over 2500 members, while Hiking & Hangovers puts a special emphasis on the comradery.
One of the most intriguing groups, however, is the Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers group, which offers a wide range of different hikes across and around Sin City. The group regularly concocts new routes and ways to hike the local area, but some of their most popular have proven to be their staple Strip walks. Giving the option for group members to 'duck into air-conditioned hotels and casinos along the way' is certainly a fun prospect to add to the route.
Hiking the Strip with LVHRS
Most hiking groups explore the surrounding area of Las Vegas, but the Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers like to combine hiking with the thrills of the Las Vegas Strip. Two of their most infamous trails are the North Strip Walk and the South Strip Walk. As the main reason for many people to visit Sin City is to indulge in some gambling, which is why Statista records over 164,000 slots in the state, these hikes have become very popular for those who want to get a feel of Las Vegas while getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors. With the South Strip Walk venturing through venues like the Mandalay Bay, Tropicana MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, and Bellagio and the North Strip Walk going to Circus Circus, Riviera, Venetian, Palazzo, and Caesars Palace, everyone’s bound to find a variation of a game that they love.
As noted by Britannica, Las Vegas Craps is played in virtually all American casinos, so anyone who wants to roll the dice should be able to on one of these hikes. Las Vegas also boasts a tremendous range of blackjack variants for hikers to sit down at to beat the dealer, with the Betway blackjack page detailing the differences between Classic, European, and Atlantic City blackjack games.
Then, of course, there’s the game where everyone tests their lucky numbers: roulette. The key to roulette in Las Vegas is finding the casinos, of which there are many along the Strip hikes, which have European roulette and not just American roulette as the European game boasts a far smaller house edge with the lack of the '00' pocket.
With the LVHRS, you don’t just get the added benefits of joining a hiking group; you also get to dip into Las Vegas’ biggest and best casinos to indulge in some gaming – making for a truly unique experience.
There is more to Las Vegas than an atmospheric strip, glamorous casinos, and jaw-dropping entertainment, as it offers some of the finest hiking trails in all of America.
If you are a lover of the great outdoors and want to take your hiking experience to the next level, check out the following six ways to make hiking in Las Vegas amazing.
1. Find the Perfect Hiking Trails for You You can take your pick of brilliant hiking trails when you visit Las Vegas. However, top of your list should be Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which offers the Calico trail; ideal for beginners and offers spectacular views. In addition to hiking, you also can go:
You also can journey up to the Arizona Hot Springs, which feature several, natural hot pools and a stunning view of the Colorado River. You should NOT hike around Lake Mead during the summer months; it's far to hot.
2. Connect with Other Outdoor Enthusiasts To truly embrace hiking in Las Vegas, connect with other passionate outdoor enthusiasts in the city. For example, the likes of Hiking Las Vegas are a community of dedicated hikers worth reaching out to once you arrive, as they’ll know the best hiking spots and destinations to choose from when you visit.
3. Secure Accommodation Of course, you will want to relax in style and comfort after a busy day of hiking. Thankfully, you will never be too far away from a luxurious vacation rental home, which will provide you with a home away from home during your hiking trip.
Whether you’re hiking alone, as a family, or with a group of friends, you’ll find the perfect spot to rest up each night with the help of Vacation Renter.
4. Wear Many Layers of Clothing Temperatures can quickly change in Las Vegas, especially during a long hike. If you’re starting a hike in the early morning, you should dress warm and wear layers, which you can peel away as the temperature begins to climb.
Also, ensure you wear both a hat and sunscreen to effectively protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
5. Be Prepared for Every Problem Nothing can ruin a fun hike quite like aching feet or an insect bite. Ensure you’re prepared for an adventure by wearing high-quality hiking shoes, as well as long pants and sleeves that will protect you from both sun exposure, insects and prickly, desert vegetation.
It’s also wise to carry a first-aid kit with you on every hike and stock up on snacks to refuel your body.
6. Stay Hydrated Extreme thirst cannot only make you want to turn back, but it can also lead to dehydration, which can have serious consequences for your health.
It is imperative to take plenty of water with you to hydrate your body. You also can avoid dehydration by avoiding diuretics such as alcohol, tea, coffee or caffeinated soda.
The largest city in Scotland (not it's capital, which is still Edinburgh), Glasgow is a modern and dynamic city where interesting things always happen. And the best part is that many of those things are not going to cost you a single pound. Do you want to know which? So, pay attention, I'll tell you what are the best Things To Do In Glasgow and what to see in Glasgow for free.
If I were you, I would not waste the opportunity. Whether you're going to see Glasgow in a day or plan to stay a little longer, take note and make plans. Glasgow will surprise you for good and you will see citizens from many countries visiting the city.
1. Glasgow Cathedral
Built in the 17th century, Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest preserved building in the city. This imposing building in the East End of Glasgow is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in this city and one of the very few Scottish medieval churches that survived the Protestant Reformation. The temple itself is wonderful and it is worth exploring calmly. His crypt is a great place and if you are a fan of the Outlander saga you will be surprised to find out that it was used for the filming of the second season of the series.
2. Glasgow Necropolis
One of the best views of Glasgow is that which is obtained from the highest point of the Necropolis, its Victorian cemetery. This fascinating cemetery built in 1832 houses the tombs of more than 15,000 people in what is now a park full of sculptures, mausoleums, and gravestones that tell the story of a time gone by. Here are buried some of the most illustrious personages of the history of Scotland and several of the tombs were designed by the architect Alexander Thomson (one of those that I spoke to you in the article of the Route by the Glasgow Style). Local comedian Billy Connolly, referring to the necropolis, claimed that "Glasgow is a bit like Nashville, Tennessee: it does not care much for its living, but it takes good care of its dead.
3. Provand's Lordship
This impressive 15th-century house in front of the Cathedral is one of the few survivors of medieval Glasgow, which was demolished between the 18th and 20th centuries. In fact, if the cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow, Provand's Lordship is the oldest house. Visiting it, as well as being free, is worthwhile as it allows you to keep an eye on how the wealthy classes lived in the city. Its low ceilings and worn stairs are two of its charms, but my favorite is, without a doubt, the garden behind it.
4. Museums and Art Galleries
As in Edinburgh, almost all museums and art galleries in Glasgow are free. So, you already know: if you do not want to spend a lot and time does not accompany, dare to visit them. I promise you will not regret.
- Modern Art Gallery (GoMA - Gallery of Modern Art)
The GoMA is the most important museum of contemporary art in Glasgow and you will surely recognize it by the statue of the Duke of Wellington with his everlasting cone in his head. The Modern Art Gallery was inaugurated in 1996 in what was once the private home of a wealthy businessman in the city who had been enriched by the slave trade, back in the eighteenth century. Today inside you can see the best contemporary art exhibitions in the city.
- Kelvingrove Museum
Of all the free museums in Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Museum is possibly the best. In its galleries, you can see some 8,000 objects of the most varied and ranging from the Spitfire plane flying over one of the rooms to the mythical painting of Christ in the Cross by Salvador Dalí. It is the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside of London and it does not surprise me a bit. Give it a few hours and, if you go at noon, stay to see the organ concert.
- Hunterian Museum
The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland and its treasures range from meteorites to mummies and objects designed by Mackintosh. The bulk of its exhibitions is in several buildings on the campus of the University of Glasgow and my favorite is the one in the old part. It seems a real cabinet of curiosities and they have an exhibition about the Antonino Wall and the most interesting legacy of Rome in Scotland.
- Riverside Museum
Besides, because it is free and because it was designed by the great architect Zaha Hadid, if you visit Glasgow you can’t miss the Riverside Museum. This state-of-the-art complex located in the place where the Kelvin River and the Clyde River come together allows you to explore the history of transport in the city. You will see the first meters and trams that crossed the city, steam locomotives, bicycles, and even skateboards. It is super interactive, and I promise you to like it.
- People's Palace
Maybe you have never heard of People's Palace & Winter Gardens. Well, this small museum located in the East End of Glasgow is quite a surprise. If you want to discover everything about the history of the city and its inhabitants from 1750 to the present, come closer. And if history does not convince you, get closer, if only to take a walk among palm trees and exotic plants in your Victorian greenhouse.
- Burrell Collection
Okay, the Burrell Collection is closed for renovations until 2020. But if you can wait a couple of years, come to this spectacular collection of art that is the result of collector zeal Sir William Burrell, who donated it to the city. They have works by Rodin, Degas, Cézanne, medieval, Chinese, Islamic art and much more.
- Saint Mungo's Museum of Religious Life & Art
This museum is between Glasgow Cathedral and Provand's Lordship, so you have no excuse. As its name suggests, being a museum of religious art, it is a very quiet place. And also, a good place to explore the importance of religion in the lives of people all over the world and throughout history.
- The College of Piping
Did you know that in Glasgow there was a museum dedicated to bagpipes? Well, there is. The Museum of Piping houses the world's most important collection of everything related to the Highland Bagpipes. It is very "niche" but if you are interested in the subject, go to this center and take a look.
Everyone knows it's hot in Vegas during the summer. I mean this is the desert, but there are hikes you can do in Red Rock Canyon during the summer and not roast!
Rule 1: Get an early start
By early I mean be at the trailhead by 6 am. Why? Two reasons: First, it's much cooler at 6 am.
Second: The hikes I list have lots of shade early in the morning.
Rule 2: Pick hikes with lots of shade. It's amazing how much cooler you are in the shade.
Rule 3: Wear cotton. Cotton has a cooling effect.
Rule 4: Bring lots of water. I would say 3 liters to be safe.
Show Me the Hikes!
All these hikes are short and have lots of shade.
Muffin Boulders - an easy trail hike with great views from the top.
Stats: Four miles up and back with 830 feet of elevation gain.
Kraft Mtn - fun scrambling route (West Route).
Stats: Two miles up and back with 980 feet of elevation gain
Boot Boulder - short scrambling route on class 4 rock.
Stats: 2.2 miles up and back with 950 feet of elevation gain.
Oak Creek Overlook - moderate scrambling route with a rope just below the summit.
Stats: Four miles up and back with 1,450 feet of elevation gain
These hikes are relatively short and start at a much higher elevation ` 5,500 feet
Windy Peak from the backside - mostly trail hike with good views at the summit.
Stats: Five miles up and back with 1,154 feet of elevation gain
Global Peak from the backside - Cool peak with the option of doing a rappel.
Stats: 4.5 miles up and back 1,438 feet of elevation gain
Hollow Rock Peak from the backside - Scenic hike with a class 4 boulder that is the summit.
Stats: 5.2 miles up and back with 1,657 feet of elevation gain
These are my top hikes to do during the summer months in Red Rock Canyon.
See you at the peak,
We all feel some knee pain as we climb mountains. I know I do. After climbing mountains for more than 22 years, my knees are in pain especially descending. I don't like taking pain medicine and I bet you don't either. Who knows all the side effects?
I found a solution: Tens Muscle Stimulator Electronic Pulse Massager.
I use it on my knees and my knee pain as drastically diminished. Just 20 minutes per knee. Use it while reading, sleeping, watching TV etc. It actually feels good and with 16 different modes you will find at least one mode you will like.
You can also use it on other body parts: legs, neck, back etc.
Let me know if you buy one and how it works for you.
Each spring, thousands of keen hikers descend upon Southern Nevada in a bid to tackle the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area trails. It is an incredibly fun and picturesque walk to embark on amid the springtime climate, so it’s popularity during this season comes as no surprise.
If you’re a hiker and want to try out Red Rock Canyon, you need to bear in mind that your safety is going to be put in jeopardy the moment you embark on the trail. By failing to plan beforehand or making one wrong move while you are out hiking, you could land yourself in serious danger.
Here’s how you can stay safe while you hike the length and breadth of Red Rock Canyon:
Keep the weather forecast in mind
As you are probably already aware, even during the spring, the Southern Nevada weather can be unforgiving at times. Forget to take Mother Nature into account in this instance, then, and you will more than likely land yourself in real danger.
Most of the time during this season, the Mojave Desert climate is warm and sunny — on the odd occasion, though, the blistering heat of the Nevada summer will come early, and temperatures will sore. If the temperature is forecasted to be particularly high, it’s best to avoid hiking completely. On the other hand, if it’s supposed to be excessively windy, rainy, or stormy (which it very well can be during the springtime in Nevada), then it’s best to stay at home and wait for the bad weather to pass. There’s absolutely nothing to be gotten from you choosing to, maybe quite literally, enter the eye of the storm and tackle Red Rock Canyon when the weather is tumultuous, so check the weather forecast before you embark on your trail to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.
Hike in groups
To ensure that there’s someone there to assist should you, say, fall victim to one of Red Rock Canyon’s many uneven and cracked surfaces, you need to resolve to only ever hike in groups. There’s nothing to be gotten from you trying to tackle this trail alone, so put that ego to the side and don’t do it!
If you have no friends or family members who want to hike the Canyon with you, then make sure to keep an eye on www.escapewithpro.com. Here, you will find information on a wide range of multi-day group hikes — it’s down to you to keep tabs on the website in order for you to be the first to see when a Red Rock Canyon hiking expedition is taking place.
Do not overexert yourself
Even if you have embarked upon your hike with a group of people that are far more accomplished at walking long distances than you are, it’s essential that you do not overexert yourself. Red Rock Canyon is home to a plethora of trials, each of which varies in difficulty, so you’ll always be able to find one that suits your hiking skillset.
If you ever choose to hike across Red Rock Canyon, you have to remember that staying safe is paramount. Take the above advice, then, and make sure you finish the trail in one piece!
In 2018, there were over 42.1 million visitors to Las Vegas, and odds are, most came to gamble in the casinos and take in the shows. But the entertainment capital offers a whole lot more, including some fantastic scenic hikes just a short drive outside of the city.
Keep in mind that the best time to visit for getting out on the trails is between November and March when it’s cooler. Hiking in the summer during the day isn’t advised as temperatures can reach as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit in some places – in the shade.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Just 17 miles west of Las Vegas in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, there are over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails. The Calico Hills are near the visitor center and are the area’s signature feature. You can access it from several points along the trail that runs from the visitor center to the Sandstone Quarry which runs along the front side of the red stone ridge before leading into the heart of the stunning rock hills and boulders. While the total length of the hike is six miles, most opt to hike a shorter portion, making it easily doable as a quick day trip from the city.
If you’re looking for something longer, the White Rock-Willow Spring Loop traverses 4.4 miles of diverse scenery, from desert and cactus to mountains and pine trees, with opportunities to spot view petroglyphs, bighorn sheep and other wildlife along the way. Adding the La Madre Spring trail will bring you to a year-round spring and bring the trek to a total of six miles.
Valley of Fire State Park
Only an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, you’ll find Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. It’s home to stunning rock formations that make it look as if the landscape is shooting fire from the sands of the desert. Created more than 150 million years ago through erosion, you’ll be able to see them along with ancient petroglyphs and trees by hiking, with a number of easy, short and colorful options for all levels and ages of hikers.
If you only have time for one hike here, make it the 1.2-mile Fire Wave trail which brings breathtaking vistas of the colorful rock mounds and hills that are stretched out in every direction. In the spring, there are colorful wildflowers, and just about any time of year you might glimpse some bighorn sheep too. The trail leads across a sandy slope from the parking lot, bringing views of the red rock ridges and mountains in the distance. Brilliant hues or orange, pink, yellow and red will be laid out before you, bringing the opportunity to explore both on-trail, and off.
Less than 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead straddles the border between Arizona and Nevada as one of the world’s largest manmade lakes. It’s famous for its awe-inspiring scenery that includes views of Joshua trees, red sandstone rocks and lava hills in addition to providing the opportunity for all sorts of outdoor adventures, including hiking. While there are multiple options, the Red and Black Mountain trail is 5.6 miles round trip and brings spectacular views of both Lake Mead and Las Vegas.
So, you’re heading home after several months of being the road, meeting new people, visiting exotic places, trying new foods, and having some of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. So, when your front door is in sight, the temptation is to just slump onto the sofa and recuperate after your long flight home…
Post-travel blues might kick in for some and others might jump straight back into their old life as if their travelling experience never happened. But, before you get too comfortable on the sofa, or get lost in those endless emails, you have a few things you need to sort out. I know, I know, travelling seems like an endless array of to-do lists and pre-planning organisation and it doesn’t stop once you’re back on home turf!
Read on for 4 things to do when you come home from travelling.
Sort through your memories
You can probably tick off many places on the map of the world, and you’ll have some awesome memories to go with it. From gorgeous photographs that you didn’t share on your social media pages, to that beautiful sari that you bartered for on that market stall in Mumbai, you need to take some time and go through everything you’ve brought home with you. Find special places for your souvenirs and get those images printed off and displayed all around you. Don’t let them sit on your memory cards or in your phone gallery for the rest of your life!
Go over your bank and credit card statements
This is something everyone should do, even if they haven’t been travelling. But now you’re back home, it’s a good idea to check your accounts and make sure that nothing looks suspicious.
Identity theft is a growing problem, and because us travellers tend to carry plenty of information about ourselves with us on our travels, use unsecure internet connections and use our credit cards in all kinds of scenarios, it’s easier than you think for someone to steal you identity and empty your accounts. Check them now and speak to your bank about any irregularities.
Turn off your phone package
If, like many travellers you invested in an international package on your phone while you were travelling then take a moment now to cancel it. This is important as you might end up paying for it for months before you remember about it!
Administer a little TLC
Travelling takes its toll on your body. Even the most experienced and hardened traveller will tell you that sometimes you need to take a break. So, now that you’re back home make sure you’re not over doing it. Take the opportunity to catch up on all that lost sleep, hit the gym if you’ve been a little sedentary over the past few months, or treat yourself to a massage to help with all those aches and pains from sleeping on uncomfortable buses, the benches at the airport and uncomfortable hostel bunks.
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