Q: Where should I look for the best outdoor gear for winter season that is good for recreation and military use as well, e.g. headgear, gloves, and socks?

A: I recommend starting with your local MCX. Many MCXs are stocked with winter items as well as Military gear. You can also check out online outdoor retailers for something that’s not available at your local MCX.


Q: What is the optimal repetitions am I looking for to develop muscular endurance?

A: To develop your muscular endurance try 15-25 reps per set with three sets per workout.


Q: When going on a hike with young children, what should I keep in mind? I have a 1 ½ month old and we're waiting until he's maybe a month older to take him on hikes with us.

A: Children get bored fast, so making sure you are going somewhere scenic or keep them engaged is going to make your hike enjoyable for all. With babies, try wearing them so that they can see and feel close to you. As your children get older, taking them to places where they can see the scenery will be so important. Playing games with them while hiking is also fun. Try giving them animals to look for or colors to spot on your hike. This way they’ll keep moving and have fun doing it.


Q: What can I use for protection against ticks while hiking? 

A: DEET based repellant will be your best bet with ticks. Also remember to wear socks and check for ticks if you are in the perfect tick climate.


Q: Where is the best place to hike with newborns?

A: While every place is different, look for low impact hikes, or take a walk around a park. If your baby can hold his/her head up safely, it will be easier to wear you baby if you’re hiking in places that may be a bit too difficult with a stroller.


Q: What are your go-to survival or emergency supplies you recommend to always have on hand?

A: I always recommend making sure you’ve got a knife, water filter, waterproof matches, and a solar blanket. Whether you’re hiking or setting up your emergency kit, these will ensure you’re prepared for any situation.


Q: Do you have a recommended training plan when someone is wanting to summit mountains such as Denali, Shasta, Whitney, etc.?

A: You’re going to want to get your body ready with cardio workouts, endurance training, and some interval sessions.


Check out your local installation Outdoor Recreation office for all of your outdoor and creative physical training needs.