Sun 16 Aug 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Backpacker Magazine / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / CBHNP / Geocaching / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / MEC / Mountain Equipment Co-op / Outdoor Gear Comments Off on Dressing in Layers for Hiking / / / / / / / / / / / /

Dressing in Layers for Hiking

You have probably heard this phrase before – dress in layers for hiking. Does it work, yes and proven by thousands of hikers around the world.  I have been testing my equipment lately getting ready for a busy fall hiking season with Hike the Highlands Festival and hiking the West Highland...Read more

Thu 13 Aug 2009 Tom Wilson Backpacker Magazine / Hiking Tips Comments Off on Backpacker Sept. 2009 Issue – Catches My Attention / / / / / /

Backpacker Sept. 2009 Issue – Catches My Attention

The September issue of Backpacker Magazine is out now and there are several articles that caught my eye.  1) ” Are you smarter than a Boy Scout ?, ” by Jim Gorman which also includes the  Boy Scout Quiz..twenty six questions, 2)  2009 Apparel Guide with 20 testers-approved...Read more

Wed 12 Aug 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Franey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Nordic Walking Poles / Trekking Poles Comments Off on Franey & Wide Angle Lens / / / / /

Franey & Wide Angle Lens

Recently, I hiked Franey trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park on a nice summer day with a breeze.  I met a graduate student, doing her Masters in Biology  from St. John, NB and a chap with FAA in Boston, Mass while on top of Franey taking pictures with a 10-20 mm Sigma wide angle...Read more

Mon 10 Aug 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Nordic Walking Poles / Outdoor Gear / Trekking Poles Comments Off on Getting in Shape for Hike the Highlands / / / / / / /

Getting in Shape for Hike the Highlands

No matter how many days you plan to hike in this year’s Hike the Highlands Festival – Sept. 11-20, 2009, you must begin now to prepare and get in shape.  With five weeks to go before the festival starts, you have time to build your fitness level up to handle the longer hikes and or...Read more

Thu 23 Jul 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Acadien Hiking Trail / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Geocaching / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips Comments Off on CBHNP Geocaching Weekend – A Success / / / / / / / / / / /

CBHNP Geocaching Weekend – A Success

Cape Breton Highlands National Park 1st Annual Geocaching weekend held July 17-19 was a great success attracting 50 plus geocachers to the National Park.  Friday evening featured a meet and greet along with a Geocaching presentations by Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association and Hiking safety by...Read more

Wed 15 Jul 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Geocaching / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips Comments Off on Cape Breton Highlands National Park – 1st Annual Geocaching Weekend, July 17-19 / / / / / / / / /

Cape Breton Highlands National Park – 1st Annual Geocaching Weekend, July 17-19

A new special event is being held at Cape Breton Highlands National Park this weekend  – 1st annual Geocaching Weekend – July 17-19.  The event kick-off begins with a meet and greet Friday evening at 6 pm. at Cheticamp Visitor Centre. At 6:30 pm, The Atlantic Canada Geocaching...Read more

Sun 12 Jul 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Island / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Photography 1 comment / / / / / / / / / /

Digital Cameras – Tips for Storage & Photo-Editing

  Now that summer is here, hikers are enjoying the great outdoors and taking lots of pics with their digital cameras… Today’s digital cameras – compact,  mid-size, and zoom- point & shoot  as well DSLR are shooting pictures at  8, 10-, 12- and 15 meg resolution.  They...Read more

Sun 28 Jun 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Franey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Nordic Walking / Nordic Walking Poles / Trekking / Trekking Poles / Victoria County Hiking Trails Comments Off on Franey – A Fitness Hike with Poles and Smart Wool Socks / / / / / / / /

Franey – A Fitness Hike with Poles and Smart Wool Socks

  It has been foggy this past weekend with drizzle so I decided to do a fitness hike and get some exercise in on one of my favorite trails – Franey in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  I took out my nordic walking poles,  put my smart wool socks on – a different type this...Read more

Fri 26 Jun 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Backpacker Magazine / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Tips / International Trekking Comments Off on Backpacker Magazine – Ultralight Camping Guide, August 2009 / / / / / / / /

Backpacker Magazine – Ultralight Camping Guide, August 2009

The August 2009 edition of Backpacker magazine is full of great ideas for summer hiking and camping. Billed as the “Ultralight Camping guide. It features : 1) 81 Summer skills on Navigation, survival, weather, first aid, and wildlife, 2) 33 ways to slash weight, spend less, and double your...Read more

Mon 22 Jun 2009 Tom Wilson 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking Boots / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Photography / Trekking Poles / Victoria County Hiking Trails Comments Off on Coastal Hiking Trail – A new Hike in 2009 / / / / / / / /

Coastal Hiking Trail – A new Hike in 2009

The Coastal Hiking trail will be one of the new hikes featured  in the 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival.  This trail is located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is approximately 5.6kms one way. It features Atlantic Coastline, coastal forest, sea birds and some difficult sections...Read more