Monday, November 25, 2013

Hiking Tips

10 Hiking Essentials
  1. Water
  2. Food 
  3. Rain Gear and Extra Clothing
  4. Map
  5. Compass
  6. Light
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Knife or Multi-tool
  9. Common Sense - Pay attention to your environment, your energy, and the condition of your companions. 
  • Has the weather turned rainy? 
  • Is daylight fading?
  • Did you drink all your water?
  • Did your companion fail to bring rain gear?
  • Are you getting tired? 
  • Keep in mind that until you turn around you are (typically) only half-way to completing your hike - You must still get back to where you started from! (Exceptions are loop hikes) 
  • Check the weather forecast before you head out.
  • Know the rules and regulations of the area.
Common Mistakes Made on the Trails
  1. Plan ahead - the difference between a great hike or a trip to the hospital is up to you!
  2. Be kind to yourself - know your abilities; choose an appropriate hike.
  3. Be a lightweight - the less you carry, the more enjoyable the hike.
  4. Avoid huffing and puffing - if you can talk while you are walking, you are walking the perfect speed.
  5. Take a break - take a ten minute break at least once every hour.
  6. No food, no fuel, no fun - drink frequently and eat often.
  7. Watch your time - coming back up is hard!
  8. Mules and hikers - mules have the right of way.
7 Common Hiking Mistakes to Avoid
  1. They choose the wrong path.
  2. They underpack or overstuff
  3. They think hiking poles are for sissies
  4. They can't read a map
  5. They try to run up exposed rocks (Take smaller steps on rocky patches)
  6. They get distracted by the views
  7. They race down hills