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Finding the Perfect Pair of Hiking Boots

Every hiker eventually conducts a search for the perfect boot in the mission for ideal foot comfort and freedom from blisters. While there are many entries in this search—in fact, so many that it can be confusing—there is a way to find that perfect boot for you.

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Learning the Art of Layering to Better Enjoy the Outdoors

The most important element for enjoying the outdoor experience in any condition is to stay dry and warm. Thus comes the theory behind layering, which suggests that as your body temperature fluctuates or the weather shifts, you simply peel off or add available layers as needed—and have a waterproof shell available in case of rain.

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Camping Tips: Picking a Good Sleeping Spot

When surveying a camp area, the most important consideration should be to select a good spot for sleeping. Everything else is secondary. Here are expert outdoorsman Tom Stienstra’s tips for ensuring a good night’s rest.

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How to Get Kids Excited About the Outdoors

How do you compete with the television and remote control? How do you prove to a kid that success comes from persistence, spirit, and logic, which the outdoors teaches, and not from pushing buttons? The answer is in these Ten Camping Commandments for Kids.

Moon Northern California Hiking

Seasoned outdoors authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown know the best hiking trails in Northern California. This brand-new guidebook leads beginner and expert hikers alike to the best trails the northern part of the state has to offer. Complete with detailed regional maps, hiking tips, difficulty and quality ratings for each hike, Moon Northern […]

Moon Sequoia & Kings Canyon Camping & Hiking

Nature lovers Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown invite travelers to experience the deep canyons, tall peaks, and awe-inspiring giant sequoia groves of Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Stienstra and Brown’s expert advice and useful camping and hiking tips make Moon Sequoia & Kings Canyon Camping & Hiking essential for any trip […]

Moon Shasta & Lassen Camping & Hiking

Avid outdoors explorer Tom Stienstra invites fellow adventurers to visit the backcountry lakes, volcanic rock, and quiet wilderness, of Shasta and Lassen. Moon Shasta & Lassen Camping & Hiking‘s easy-to-use format and exhaustive coverage includes “best-of” campground and trail suggestions, such as Best for White-Water Rafting, Best Butt-Kickers, and Best for Wildlife—making it easy for […]

Moon Tahoe Camping & Hiking

Seasoned camping and hiking expert Tom Stienstra extends travelers his firsthand advice on how to find the best spots in Tahoe to pitch a tent or hit the trail, from cobalt-blue Lake Tahoe’s shores to adventure-filled Desolation Wilderness. Moon Tahoe Camping & Hiking‘s in-depth coverage also offers “best-of” lists—including Best Boat-in Campgrounds, Best Self-Guided Nature […]