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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 clothes should be in your pack.

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When we head into the hills, 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 countryside, being on a mountainside, in the woods or on a cliff high above the sea. Most of us who spend lots of time outdoors, want to try to protect the natural environments we love, so it is really hard to take 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.

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Alpaca wool isn’t a new fibre, having been used in the Andes for centuries (or more!) and by the fashion industry for a long time. Alpaca has a reputation as a luxury wool – rivalling cashmere – for high end street wear, but it is new in the outdoor industry. In this article, we answer key questions about the warmth and itchiness of alpaca wool. We also compare alpaca to merino wool, often the fibre of choice for travel, outdoor activies and adventure sports.

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You hear a lot about “baby alpaca” especially if you are taking a trip to Peru or are looking for a cozy pair of socks or a soft, warm poncho. And the words “baby alpaca” bring to mind cute, long-legged gangly, creatures with fuzzy faces, gambling through the mountains. But, contrary to what you might think:

BABY ALPACA WOOL IS NOT FROM A NEW-BORN ALAPCA BABY

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Why Use Wool for Outdoor Clothing? 

These days, most people agree that wool is one of the best fiber options for outdoor clothing. It is warm but also has thermal regulating properties, it is light, breathable, sweat wicking and is naturally odor, wrinkle, and UV resistant. But an issue for most people is that wool is itchy, which is a major problem if you are using wool next to your skin, for example as a wool base layer. Merino wool solves this problem for a lot of people, but some still find it itchy and don’t get on with merino shirts or base layers.   

Is Alpaca Better Than Merino?

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