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A Walk in the Woods Coming to the Big Screen!

A Walk in the Woods Poster

Bill Bryson’s story, A Walk in the Woods, is hitting the big screen this Fall! With a leading line-up of stars including Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, and Nick Nolte, it should be as funny and interesting as the book.

Setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail with his old buddy, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford in the movie), paints a vivid story that is enjoyable to read. Clearly a novice backpacker as the story begins, Bryson sets out on the journey of a lifetime. In the book, he interweaves an eye opening look at how the American wilderness is at risk. Perhaps this will be included in the movie as well, even though the movie trailer focuses more on comedic scenes.

2015 seems to be the year of the thru-hiking movies: Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon came out earlier this year, telling Cheryl Strayed’s Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiking story. Now we all have A Walk in the Woods to look forward to! :)

Happy trails!

National Trails Day 2015 and Thousand Trails Events!

Thousand TrailsAre you ready for National Trails Day, Saturday June 6, 2015?
Outdoor enthusiasts are counting down the last week until the start of National Camping Month!

Thousand Trails, a leader in outdoor destinations, recreation and family camping, is offering a wide range of family-friendly activities all month long with extra events happening the weekend of National Trails Day. On June 6 all Thousand Trails properties will be hosting guided hikes, interactive games and outdoor activities throughout the weekend.

Sample activities happening across the nation on National Trails Day include:

Thousand Trails Campground, Bend-Sunriver, Oregon

Thousand Trails Campground, Bend-Sunriver, Oregon

Ongoing National Camping Month Activities include:

  • Club Blazer Kids Club – The Trail Team, led by Walker Wolf, will lead kids through a series of customized puzzles and activities to teach them about the properties, nature and how they can do their part to take care of the parks
  • Walk the Trails Program – Participants log their miles to earn reward pins

There are certainly a lot of fun activities going on this summer! Time to get outside!

Happy trails :)

New Hiking Lady Gear Reviews!

Are you looking for some new hiking gear, apparel, or hiking footwear? Want to read unbiased thoughts on the best (and worst) gear out there!? I highly recommend that you check out the “Gear Reviews” tab of the Hiking Lady website.

Hiking Lady Gear Reviews

Be sure to take a peek at the hot off the press reviews of the new Injinji Outdoor 2.0 socks, Mountain Khakis’ Mystic Shirt, the Outdoor Research Ghost Hat, and the Patagonia Torrentshell Stretch rain jacket!

Essential Gear Reviews

Women's Hiking Gear

Apparel Reviews

Women's Hiking Apparel

Footwear Reviews

Women's Hiking Footwear

The deals are here! REI is having their Anniversary Sale!

Gregory Deva 70 BackpackOkay, so for those of you who are like me and want to buy as much as they can on sale, since paying full price costs too much :), then you have to check out REI’s Anniversary Sale that is going on right now. The sale is happening May 15-May 25th.

If you are in need of a fantastic women’s backpacking backpack, and are size XS or M, then this is a GREAT DEAL! Gregory Deva 70 for $169.93 This is normally $349!

See the Hiking Lady gear review on why I love my Gregory Deva backpack so much and How to Buy a Backpacking Backpack.

Also if you are an REI Member, you can get 20% off one full-price item with the Coupon Code 20SAVE.

I’m going to get another pair of Injinji toe liner socks with my coupon! Those socks are my sure way to prevent blisters.

Happy trails and have a great weekend!

Resoling Hiking Boots

A frequent question I get as the Editor of Hiking Lady is about resoling hiking boots. Many of you have asked, wanting to know if it is even possible to get your old, favorite, broken in pair of hiking boots resoled, especially if they have Vibram soles.

Until recently, I had never had a pair of my own boots resoled, but directed you loyal readers to cobbler recommended by REI. (See Ask Hiking Lady: Resoling Hiking Boots).

My well loved Asolo Styngers finally saw the rubber Vibram soles slip away from the shoe.

Asolo soles detached

Asolo soles detached

So I reached out to Asolo and asked which cobblers they recommend to consumers. A very friendly customer service representative directed me to Resole America in Warrenton, Virginia. Off my boots went in the mail, and a couple of weeks later look what I got back – brand new Vibram soles on my very old pair of Asolo Styngers:

My hiking boots, resoled!

My hiking boots, resoled!

Asolo boots with new Vibram soles

Asolo boots with new Vibram sole~

It sure is nice to have my boots back, and not need to break them in again. I now know first hand that is not only possible, but affordable, to have your well-loved hiking boots resoled.