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Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s the countdown to Christmas … tick tick tick!

Whether you are looking for gift ideas for someone who enjoys hiking, camping, skiing or snow-shoeing, below are some ideas for gifts they could use:

1. Traction Devices

Traction devices are important for adding extra security when walking, hiking or running on mud, snow and ice. 

Gift Ideas for Cross-Country Skiers

The Holiday Season is just around the corner. 

Sometimes it is hard to buy presents for those closest to you. Of course you’d ideally like to get them something that they want and need and will use – but haven’t purchased for themselves yet. Who wants to be the one who buys them the gifts that are re-gifted at the staff Christmas party.

If you have been trying to think of gift ideas for a cross-country skier in your life that they will like, use and appreciate, then we have some ideas.

List of Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails In & Around Calgary

Cross-country ski season is here!

If you are new to cross-country skiing, below is a list of areas to ski in and around Calgary with links to trail reports, live grooming reports and more.

If you know of more areas which are close to Calgary with groomed trails which should be added to the list, please let us know as we would like this list to be as accurate as possible. Email us at: community@norsemanoutdoorspecialist.com

Checklist of Items to Carry in Your Backpack Year-Round in Case of Emergency

No one heads into the mountains thinking they may have to spend the night, but it happens. You take a wrong turn, get lost, some one in your group sprains an ankle or gets hurt or maybe there’s wildlife on the trail and you have to take an alternate route. Suddenly your “day hike” turns into a “night hike” through the dark woods under uneven terrain.

If you enjoy spending time in the mountains, are you prepared in case of emergency? Do you know what you should have in your pack?

Cross-Country Ski Etiquette

Cross-country ski season is just around the corner.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it never hurts to brush up on cross-country ski etiquette before the season begins to make sure everyone on the trails is safe and has a good time.

Just imagine how worse the roads would be if we all didn’t follow the same rules!

Here are some general guidelines whether on single or double tracks:

Fall Larch Season Hiking Tips

Larch season is one of the most spectacular times to hike in the Rockies.

Starting in approximately mid-September, the normally green needles on larch trees turn a beautiful golden color, while other conifer trees stay green. Larch trees then drop their needles, sprinkling the ground with a yellow carpet.

During the changing of the larches, popular larch hikes become incredibly busy as does parking at the trail heads and highways.

Here are a few tips when hiking this fall during the busy larch season:

Fall Camping Tips

With the arrival of fall and the beautiful golden larches, we also welcome the onset of colder temperatures. If you are planning on camping this fall, here are some tips to stay warm:

How to Properly Use Hiking Poles

If you have bad knees, hiking poles are an absolute life saver when descending trails.

Poles are also there for you if you trip, and can help you save your balance and avoid a fall.

Hiking poles are made so they are easy to grip, easy to adjust and light and are handy when hiking, walking, backpacking and snowshoeing.