Hiking is a perfect low-impact workout. Studies have it that besides the multiple physical benefits, it offers mental benefits. From preventing osteoporosis to anxiety reduction; hiking as an outdoor activity delivers more benefits beyond fun and scenic.
What makes hiking so enjoyable is the fact that it involves more than just walking along a paved path or a treadmill; hiking has unpredictable experiences.
However, any outdoor adventure can go ugly and perhaps even dangerous if no appropriate preparations are taken a right from the start. Before you leave for your first trek, keep in mind that having the right gear is vital.
The following tips cover what it takes to have a successful hike;
- Start humble with the right trail.
Choose a hike a little shorter, say, more concise than the average distance you can cover walking on a paved or a levelled surface or let it match your fitness level. Estimate the time needed to cover the trail by figuring a pace of approximately 2-miles per hour.
Add an hour to the estimated hiking time for every 1000 feet of achievement. After being out once or twice, you’ll have a sense of what distance changes work better for you.
- Let the trail be familiar
After selecting a path, get a map of that area and conduct a review focusing on the reports and data. There are many online resources available; some work perfectly. Find out whether the trail is a loop, or whether you’ll need to backtrack or even locate a second car.
Focus on any intersecting traits which could lead to a wrong turn. Also, it is crucial to mark the right spot for lunch, for example, a peak or a lake view.
- Remember to check the weather
Few hours before lacing up your boots for the hike, check the weather. It will give you valuable information regarding how you should dress and what to pack.
In case of an awful forecast, you’ll have the chance to revisit your plans one again instead of leaving to get a surprise on the trail.
- Tell someone what you are up to
It is essential to let someone not in the trail know where you’ll be and at what time to worry and perhaps call for help. The worrying time is not the planned finish time.
It may be some few hours later than the expected finish time probably due to slow hiking, amazing views, or maybe a delay caused by a sore ankle.
Another important thing is to have an emergency device like the spot tracker, that can allow you to summon urgent assistance by satellite. However, having tools of this kind doesn’t mean you shirk responsibility for once safety. They are simply backup.
- Leave with the ten vitals
Below is the list of items or systems to pack for your safety while in the outdoors, including tackling a potential overnight. Adjust your order by either expanding or minimising each system, though it will largely depend on the remoteness or the length of your hike.
For example, a remote winter hike can demand something a bit extensive than a short summer hike, where a compact emergency blanket can do.
The following are the nine essentials
- A map and a compass for navigations
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra clothing for insulations
- Flashlight or headlamp. Necessary for illumination
- Supplies for first-aid
- Waterproof matches or lighter
- Some additional food for nutrition
- Excess water
- Plastic tube tent or a garbage bag for emergency shelter
The list may seem to be daunting, but after tailoring to your hike, it will turn a better idea; otherwise, many of them still could have count could it be a picnic.
- Have the right shoes for the trek
Investing in quality shoes for the hike is much better than have the whole adventure spoiled by painful feet. Keep off from the sluggish leather boots.
There are many light hikers available which come in a different kind. Also, don’t neglect the socks. For goodness sake, forget the cotton and go for synthetic or wool socks.
- Dress for a comfortable hike.
The key to a comfort hike is the right dressing. Once again, skip anything cotton, it gets damp forcing you to chaff and feel clammy.
Go for the synthetics. To easily cope, adjust with the temperature, wear layers of clothes that you can shed or add as needed. Lastly, pack something that can block wind too.
- Keep your pack light
After knowing all the stuff to pack, Choosing the lightest of each item is not so bad. For example, a sunscreen travel-size tube and not the NoAd 16-tube on sale.
Maintain your pace when you get to the trail; it will help to save energy for more grounds. Remember to preserve every beautiful trail.Hopefully,you’ll get out hiking soon. Enjoy your hike!