The Outings Corner
The Outings Corner is a column that runs in many issues of our email newsletter. We started publishing them in 2005. Most of the articles that have appeared in this column are on-line below.
Feeling Tired? Go Camping!
It will do great things for your mind and body.
Which Battery is Best
Pick the AA or AAA that is best for your application.
Your gift of nature to kids.
Dallas Sierra Club Backpack Trip Rating System
How our backpacking trips difficulty is rated.
My Personal Victory Over Altitude Sickness
by Mark Stein
Our First Sierra Club Backpacking Trip
By Kira and Marissa Collins, age 15
Why We Don't Build Fires
Why the Dallas Sierra Club does not allow fires on backpacking trips.
The Legend of the Sierra Club Bag Lady
How one of our bus trip participants became a legend.
Fatal Accident on Crestone Needle
What can we learn from this tragic accident.
Bus Trip Horror Stories
Which one of these bus trip horror stories is true?
Sip or Gulp, Bag or Bottle - Which Water Containers are Best for You?
To keep yourself hydrated, you have to carry water.
What's Wrong with Freeze Dried Food?
How much salt is in your favorite backpacking food.
Blisters - Small Spot, Big Deal!
A comprehensive look at how to treat blisters.
My First Bus Trip
A Sierra Club life member goes on her first bus trip.
How to Pick the Right Tent
There are a lot of tents out there. Here are some guidelines to help you find the one that's right for you.
It's More Than Dinosaur Tracks
Discover Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Zamberlans Go To Windmill Hill
While breaking in a new pair of boots, this backpacker finds a great new hiking destination.
To Stink or Not To Stink . . . . That is the Question
You can be clean and stink free on your longest trip.
Mosquitoes and Ticks: What's a Camper To Do?
How to cope with all those little biters.
How to Prevent and (If You Must) Treat Foot Blisters
How to have happy feet.
Winter Mountain Camping and Hiking
You don't have to stop hiking and camping just because it's cold.
Peak Bus Comfort: Fourteen On-Board Tips
How to maximize your comfort while on one of our bus trips.
Hot Weather Camping and Hiking Tips
How to keep your cool.
How to Stay Dry in the Woods, Part Two: Plastic Bags 101
How to keep your stuff dry.
Staying Dry in the Wilderness - Part 1: Rain Gear
How to stay dry, comfortable, and warm.
Lightning Safety in the Outdoors
Don't get fried.
Outings Photography 101
Learn how to record where you have been and what you saw on your trip.
Kids with Backpacks
Are your kids ready to backpack? Read this interview with the parents of pint-sized backpackers.
Minimizing Altitude Sickness Symptoms on Mountain Trips
Learn what altitude sickness is and what you can do to prevent or minimize it.
Learn what you should have with you anytime you are going to be off the beaten track.
10 Essential Groups
An Updated Approach to Outdoor Safety
Wilderness Essentials for Your Car
Here is some great advise on how to prepare your car for a trip into the backcountry.
What you should know before hiking in bear country.
Backcountry Safety and Security
Be safe on outings.
Bus Trip Comfort
Tips on how to survive our bus trips in comfort.
Leave No Trace
Here are the details of the Leave No Trace principals followed on Sierra Club outings.
Snowshoeing is really quite easy. Find out about this great winter sport.
Here are a bunch of links to just about everything related to backpacking.
Why Tote It
If you don't know how to canoe, you need to learn. Here's why.
The Best Canoe Trips
Looking for a good place to canoe? Here is a list of some of the best flat-water canoe trip in the lower 48.
Big Bend Naturally
Need a good reason to visit Big Bend National Park? Check out the natural diversity of the park.
How To Prevent And (If You Must) Fix A Broken Tent Pole
An explanation of the five agencies that manage federal land