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When we head out on the trail, most of us don’t just do it for the physical exercise, but also because we love nature. We love the fresh air, the sounds of the back country, being on a mountainside, in the forest or on a cliff high above the ocean. Most of us who spend lots of time outdoors, want to try to protect the natural environments we love, so it is really tough to handle when we find out that the gear we use to protect us from the elements and get us through those long days, can actually be detrimental to the environment.

What Can I Do To Make My Hiking Pack More Eco-Friendly?

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Hiking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail is on many people’s bucket lists. What could be better than arriving through the Sun Gate at dawn (or any time of the day really) and seeing that magical, mythical citadel stretching out before you? But for many people, the Inca Trail is the first multi-day hike they will do in mountainous terrain, or at high altitude, so knowing what to expect and pack can be a bit daunting. In this article we detail what to expect in terms of weather, distances and altitude as well as suggest what ket clothes should be in your pack.

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Does Alpaca Wool Make Good Travel Clothing?

One question I am asked on a regular basis is: “Why Alpaca Wool?” Other than synthetics, most people have heard of merino wool for lightweight hiking and travel clothes, but alpaca wool is a novelty. Everyone's seen pictures of that goofy, fuzzy-faced animal, and has seen the expensive sweaters, scarves and ponchos in fashion stores, but not many people really know the functional benefits of alpaca wool.

With alpaca wool outdoor apparel, Arms of Andes is here to bring you something better than merino.

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Is Alpaca Warm?

Bottom line: YES! Alpaca wool is very warm! Alpaca wool is naturally temperature regulated. Alpaca wool is basically heated by your body warmth and traps that warmth in the fiber. This means if you leave your alpaca clothing hanging outside, it will feel cool to the touch because the air naturally trapped in the alpaca fleece is cool. However, once you put it on, it only takes a few seconds for your Alpaca Hoodie or Alpaca Base Layer to warm up and protect you from the cold.

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Your next journey is coming soon and you like to pack light: just the essentials. You will not only be hiking but going out for dinners and possibly partying a little after your long hikes, so every item must be multi-purpose and durable, in order to see you through your entire trip. 

If are a minimalist backpacker, you’ll love alpaca wool! 

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