Practical Tips for Your Next Hiking Trip

Hiking can be an exciting outdoor physical activity, one that gives you a chance to experience the wonders and beauty of nature. Hiking is not that complicated, but it does require you to be in proper physical condition before you go on a hiking trip. You will also need to know the basics of hiking so that you stay safe and enjoy your excursion. Here are some practical tips you can use for your next hiking trip.

Daniel HindmanClothing

When you are hiking, it is best not to wear cotton clothing, but rather clothing made of synthetic material. You can choose light, loose-fitting clothing layers as they are more effective than heavy clothing. If you are hiking in the mountains, you need to be conscious of the weather, and a three-season layered system with a synthetic shirt, fleece jacket, and rain shell will be ideal. Instead of wearing heavy hiking shoes, you might want to get a pair of hiking shoes or trail running shoes. They are lighter than hiking boots, and you will conserve energy wearing them.

Miscellaneous Gear

If you are hiking during the day between base camps, you might want to carry a comfortable daypack, one large enough to store your hiking stuff. Make sure you take a rain pack cover, simply because the weather can often suddenly change without warning. If you are going to be sleeping outdoors, you should take a 3lbs synthetic sleeping bag. Avoid using cheap hiking gear as there is no guarantee that it will work while you are hiking. Instead buy quality branded hiking gear.

Cooking Tips

Starting a campfire to cook while hiking is a more and more a thing of the past. You will need to carry a reliable, lightweight backpack/hiking stove. Cooking with this is easy and environment-friendly. If you are hiking in cold temperatures, you will need to carry an extra bottle of fuel.

Daniel Hindman regularly goes hiking in the mountains around Colorado.


Three Motorcycle Riding Tips

Riding a motorcycle is fun, but it can also a dangerous activity that could potentially result in an accident, particularly if you do not take the necessary safety precautions. In reality, motorcycle accidents are 30 times more likely to be fatal than a car accident. However, that does not mean that you should not ride a motorcycle. By following the rules and riding safely, you can enjoy a motorcycle ride whenever you want to. Here are a couple of motorcycle riding tips:

Daniel HindmanBuy the Right Bike

Choose a bike that fits you. When you are seated on the bike, both your legs should be able to rest on the ground. The handlebars should be within easy reach, and you should be able to get the bike on and off the center stand without any difficulty. A 200-300 cc engine will be suitable for a commuter bike, but if you are planning to ride on the highway frequently, a 500-750 cc engine will be ideal.

Antilock Brakes

When buying a motorcycle, you want to look for a bike that has antilock brakes. Motorcycles fitted with ABS brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those without them. As Bruce Biondo of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Safety Program states, no matter what kind of rider you are, ABS technology can brake better than you can. ABS brakes do not lock up the brakes in a panic stop, one that often results in loss of steering control. In fact, ABS can help a motorcyclist retain steering control during a panic stop and prevents the bike from skidding and crashing.

Work on Your Riding Skills

As Jon Seidel of Honda says, “There is nothing we could say or advise more than to go find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course in your area. That’s critical, absolutely critical.” MSF courses range from free to a few hundred dollars, but it is worth investing the time and money and joining a training course to hone your riding skills.

Daniel Hindman loves taking long rides on his motorcycle.

What You need to Know Before Hiring a General Contractor

If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you most likely will need to hire a general contractor to help get the job done. But how do you know which contractor to choose? Here are a couple of tips to help you choose the right general contractor.

Daniel Hindman

Daniel Hindman

Who Do You Need, Handyman or Contractor?

Depending on your home-renovation project, you will need to determine if you need a handyman or a contractor. If you have just a small job to do, something that would cost around $300, you might want to call a handyman. However, if the project you have requires plumbing, painting, electrical work or masonry, you might want to call a general contractor. While a contractor is licensed, a handyman might not be licensed, though could still have the necessary skills to do the job.

Ask for Referrals

When you are hiring a general contractor, you need to ask for referrals. Your home improvement store is a good place to ask for contractors. You don’t want to hire a contractor that no one has heard about. Rather, hire a contractor who has worked on other home-renovation projects in the area. You might also want to ask a home inspector for recommendations.

Phone the Contractor

It is good to first phone and speak to the contractor. Ask what projects they have worked on in the past, those that are similar to your project. Ask if they accept cash or checks. Ask if the contractor is licensed and when the license expires. Once you feel comfortable speaking to the contractor over the phone, you might want to set up a meeting with the contractor at your home or office. You should ask the contractor about previous clients and projects he worked for and ask to go and see the work he has done.

Daniel Hindman is a talented home builder who has worked on several home-renovation projects in the past.