Tribal Compass Find Your Wild Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:43:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tribal Compass 32 32 Top 5 Must Have Items for Your Day Hike Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:13:50 +0000 Read More]]> Everyone should have the top 5 must have items for your day hike!

Going for a walk or hike is very simple, but there are some must haves for your hiking pleasure. These are the top 5 must have items for your day hike.

1. Water – I can’t stress this one enough. It absolutely floors me how many times I’m out for a walk or hike and see so many people without any water. Whether you are on a 30-minute walk or a full 8-10 hour day hike water is a must!

I always bring more water than I think I will need because you never know what may happen.

Your goal is to avoid dehydration; if you are thirsty you are already on your way.

Signs of dehydration include:
• Little or no urine
• Urine that is darker than usual
• Dry mouth
• Sleepiness or fatigue
• Extreme thirst
• Headache
• Confusion
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• No tears when crying

Many people reach for the pre-made drinks like Gatorade when they want to prevent, or are dehydrated. Instead of going for Gatorade or the like, which are full of gross chemicals and unnatural ingredients, create your own.

Here is an easy DIY Electrolyte Drink Recipe:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.
2 cups of water (filtered or purified) or raw coconut water.
2 tbsp organic raw honey or organic maple syrup.
1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink salt or Celtic sea salt (Himalayan has 84 trace minerals)

If your going to be out for a while these electrolyte powders by Dr. Price are a wonderful, and light, addition to your pack. I’m trying to be as health conscious as possible so I like that this brand is non-GMO, vegan, no sugar, and gluten-free! Plus they come in 3 flavors! Lemon-lime, Blueberry-Pomegranate, and Raspberry!

2. Reusable Bottle (for your water, see #1) – Americans throw away 35 billion empty water bottles a year. Of those, only 12 percent are recycled.

There are so many available options these days. Personally I like the reusable water bottles that have a clip so I don’t have to carry it, like this one from the Coldest Water Bottle.

3. First Aid Kit – Running with the element of surprise, you never know what could happen on the trail, in the park, or even in your backyard. I’ve had to use my first aid kit for others more than myself.

The basics will do, and I prefer the hard cases so that things like gloves don’t get accidentally punctured. Something like this one will come in handy if the need ever arises.

For something even smaller, this one will have the basics.

4. Snacks – Depending on how long you will be on the trail you may need a little energy; pick me up; or you may have health requirements (diabetes, etc.). This will be dependent on your trip, perhaps your intent is to catch your lunch (nice fishing hole?), or just a quick on the trail snack.

Here’s an example of a specialty product that is Paleo and gluten free, beef jerky (or other meats), dried fruits, and trail mix are great easy foods to bring on the trail.

5. Mace or Bear Spray – Self-defense is important, whether from two or four legged creatures. Here’s a good bear spray option which is good for two and four legged animals.

These are just a few basic suggestions, based on your needs of course there could be more. Be safe and prepared when you go out to find your wild!

Find Your Wild – Nature Bathing and Benefits of the Outdoors Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:23:37 +0000 Read More]]> How do you Find Your Wild and just what is Nature Bathing and the Benefits of the Outdoors?

“Forest bathing is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese (it is also called sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean).” – Wikipedia

Nature is inherent to our well-being. We, as humans have spent most of our existence dependent on, surviving in, and being at one with nature. Our DNA is programmed for nature, yet we have created an environment of technology, work, tv, and all things indoors.

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Society is such a fast-paced rush of responsibilities; bills are due, work is demanding, even our food choices are targeted to be ‘quick and easy’. Life is expensive and many people are working full time but barley getting by, so to suggest a vacation for some people just pushes the stress buttons even more. But the thing is, we need downtime. Our bodies and mind require rest, relaxation, time away from this technological, chaotic, multi-tasking life we exist in.

According to an article in National Geographic “visits to parks are down. So are visits to the backyard. One survey found only 10 percent of American teens spend time outside every day.”

In 2016 a study done by the University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) showed that visiting parks reduced the risk of developing heart disease, stress, anxiety and depression.

According to UQ CEED researcher Dr. Danielle Shanahan, “If everyone visited their local parks for half an hour each week there would be seven per cent fewer cases of depression and nine percent fewer cases of high blood pressure,”
The best part? Local parks are free! So take the time out of your busy lives, for your health, and go be in nature for 30 minutes a week. Make a weekly adventure where you go to different parks in your area, explore your local outdoors, you just may find your wild right around the corner.

*Did You Know? If city residents all went to a park for a half hour weekly, there would be 7 percent fewer cases of depression and 9 percent fewer cases of high blood pressure.

More health benefits of being in nature:

• Boosts immune system
• Lowers blood pressure
• Reduces stress
• Improves mood
• Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
• Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
• Increases energy level
• Improves sleep
• Helps vision
• Improved short-term memory
• Reduced inflammation (for the elderly as well as young)

There are so many more benefits to getting outdoors in nature. Nature bathing is a must for anyone living in the current demanding world. Weather you can take a vacation to a national park or if you must create your own in your personal back yard.

So, take a walk, a hike, grab your fishing gear, get back on that bike, dust of your camping gear, just go out there and find your wild!

High Sierra

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