May 9, 2014

Shirt Tales and Happy Trails

From hiking shirts to hiking boots, every hiker has their favorite gear. Columbia's Silver Ridge Short Sleeve shirt is my favorite hot weather hiking shirt. According to Columbia's website, the Silver Ridge is a "clean and classic go-anywhere short-sleeve shirt, loaded with ray-repelling features like UPF 40 sun protection, a flip-up collar and strategic venting to ensure that you stay cool and comfortable during everyday adventures or active outdoor excursions."  Here is more information from Columbia on the Silver Ridge.

The Columbia Silver Ridge is offered in solid colors and playful plaids.  Who wouldn't look smart and fit in this classic shirt?  

Here are a few of my happy trails featuring Columbia Silver Ridge shirts as well as other hot weather hiking shirts that I recommend:

My first Columbia Silver Ridge hiking shirt at Benton Falls near Ocoee, TN.  

Featured trail: Benton Falls in the Chilhowee Recreation Area of the Cherokee National Forest. Here is more information. 

A small checked Silver Ridge which looks like a solid color at Raven Cliff Falls.

Featured trail:  Raven Cliff Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Helen, Georgia. Here is more information.

This versatile v-neck North Face short-sleeve tee delivers excellent moisture management.  This shirt can easily go from the gym to the hiking trail.  Photographed at the House O' Dreams. Here is more information on the v-neck tee. (Photograph courtesy of Patricia McAlpin.) 

Featured trail:  Berry College's House O' Dreams atop Lavender Mountain.  Here is more information on the hiking trails at Berry College. 

Short or tall, solid or checked, the Silver Ridge is cool and comfortable along the trail at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield near Atlanta, Georgia.   

Featured trail:  Little Kennesaw and Big Kennesaw Mountain trails.  Here is more information. 

The white Silver Ridge is perfect for a day of kayaking.  (Photograph courtesy of Patricia McAlpin.)

Outdoor recreation outfitter, REI, has their own brand of hiking clothes.  I like their short-sleeve hiking shirts, too. 

Featured trail:  Carver's Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald in the Pisgah-Cherokee National Forest near Roan Mountain, Tennessee. Here is more information. 

I love the classic fit of the Columbia Silver Ridge.  I recommend trying one on to make sure you get the perfect size. 

Featured trail:  Bear Creek at Cloudland Canyon near Rising Fawn, Georgia.  Here is more information. Please note one must register with the ranger station before hiking this trail.  

Stay cool and comfortable this summer by dressing appropriately, so you can "Keep On Hiking."

Note:  These recommendations are based on my personal preference and not on any compensation from the companies mentioned. 

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