Best of the Hub: 2014 Year in Review

This year we've shared many great adventures including a winter camping trip, summer backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, a summit of a Colorado 14er and multiple smaller adventures. In addition to those trips, we've shared tons of great tips and tricks to improve your time in the outdoors, we've given away tons of prizes in our weekly Brand Spotlight Giveaway and we've had some fun games and quizes. Below are the top 10 posts of 2014 on the Sierra Social Hub.

Are You Making This Common Hiking Mistake?

trekking poles

Our most read post of 2014 was a tutorial on how to hold trekking poles. It turns out many people don't hold the trekking pole strap the way that is reccommended for the most effieciency. Are you doing it correctly? Common Hiking Mistake.

10 Great Brands Made in the USA

Gear Made in the USA

Readers also clicked through in droves to see our feature of 10 outdoor gear brands that are made in the USA. Some of these might surprise you: 10 Great Brands Made in the USA.

Outdoor Survival Quiz

Survival Quiz

Games and quizes are always popular on the Sierra Social Hub. Our most popular quiz in 2014 was our Outdoor Survival Quiz: Will You Survive?

5 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Reduce Pack Weight

Pack Weight

Between the Social Hub and our YouTube Channel, we're full of backpacking tips and tricks. I guess it's no surprise that the favorite tip was how to cut down your pack weight.

Top Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bar Recipe

In February we started a video series featuring our favorite homemade energy bar recipes. The recap of our favorite energy bar recipes is worth checking out: Top Homemade Energy Bars.

5 Lesser Known National Parks

Best of the Hub

We talk about the national parks fairly often in our Mystery Destination Game but our feature of 5 Lesser Known National Parks was read by adventurers from all over.

Core Exercises That Will Take Your Adventures to the Next Level

Best posts of 2014

Our outdoor blog network called #TeamSierra grew to 20 bloggers in 2014. The most read post from #TeamSierra was a post about an easy core workout by Your Trainer Paige.

Tent Testing: How Kelty Tests Liveable Tent Space

Kelty TentsKelty invited us to visit their gear testing facility and we captured some great video of how Kelty tests tents and backpacks. It's pretty interesting if you're really into gear.

Fears of Hiking: Avoid These Excuses

Fears of hiking

In September, #TeamSierra contributor, Casey Schreiner exposed some of the fears people have with hiking and exploring the outdoors. Are these fears keeping you from big adventures?

Best Campsite Dessert Ever

Best campsite dessert

Who doesn't love dessert? We featured a recipe for a campsite peach cobbler and homemade ice cream. If you missed it, you'll want to check out this delicious campsite dessert.

What else would you like to see? Tell us what type of content you'd like to see in 2015 in the comments below.

Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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