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Are the pictures blurry or does this look broken? This guide will give you some essential hiking for beginners tips to make your hike safe and fun. In a nutshell that means:. The outdoors is experiencing a resurgence, which is great, but there are also some ugly downsides. Be a champion of the outdoors and a steward of nature.
If we can all use the trails responsibly and vote for those who support the outdoors, it means more funding for parks and trails, which means more hiking options for all of us. If we leave more empty water bottles and poop bags on the trail, trails will close. You can about the leave no trace principles here. The biggest mistake beginners make is overdoing it.
If you want to do a longer hike, make a training plan in advance. Do an extra mile or two each week and build up to your target distance. A flat 5 miles is much different than 5 miles straight uphill.
If you are doing a hilly or mountainous hike, read my guide on mountain hiking. There are a ton of great resources to find a trail. This website has many beginner-friendly trail guides. If books are your thing, there are great hiking guidebooks out there as well. Read the trail guide, know what to expect, where the turns are, and how long it should take you. You should just have a good idea of what to expect. A typical mistake hiking beginners make is wearing jeans and regular clothes, which will get heavy and chafe wif they get sweaty or wet.
Wear wicking workout clothes, which are deed for being active. Shoes are also important. A good pair of sneakers or trail runners is usually your best bet. Next on the list would be a backpack, water bring more than you needsnacks, and extra layers. Be prepared for rain, or for the temperature to go up or down.
Understanding where you are and where you are going is key to enjoying your hike. A combination of electronic and paper is a good route for hiking beginners. To start, print out the hiking guide and map. Read over the guide, study the map, and have a good idea of what to expect.
I like to know what my next landmark is as I hike. Having this in my head keeps me aware of the next move. A GPS can pinpoint your location using satellites. The good news is that most smartphones have GPS built in these days.
The bad news is that most smartphones are easy to drop, shatter, get wet, etc. But they are good to have a backup. These apps have many hikes already shared and loaded by other other hikers. You can also a GPX file to them which you can download for all the hikes on my site. Put your phone in flight mode before you hike. When a phone goes out of cell tower range, it drains a ton of battery by searching for a al. Putting it in flight mode with GPS or location services on saves your battery.
The help s for the apps I mentioned will show you how. So how should a hiking beginner use the GPS? Use it as a backup. First, I highly recommend that you start your hike as early as possible. The later you leave it, the more crowds there will be. It might be harder to park, etc. Second, check the weather. Last, check the park website and Twitter feed before you go. Sometimes parks and trails get closed for whatever reason.
A few trails require a permit always mentioned in my guides. And this might seem like common sense, but you need to check the weather before your hike. If the weather looks bad, wet, crazy, you should do the hike on another day. And be aware that the weather conditions on mountains can be drastically different that the closest town. Sometimes trail work or bad weather can change conditions. If something bad happens, this will increase your chances of being found dramatically. If you get an InReach deviceyou can even leave a breadcrumb trail of where you are hiking so that friends and family are able to follow in real-time.
Remember the story about the turtle and hare? In hiking, steady is better than quick. I often see beginners starting a hike with a really fast pace, only to blow up later. Conserve your energy, especially on a long hike. Plan on finishing with some juice in your tank. If you do decide to split up in groups, plan on intervals such as trail junctions where the group will reform. Hiking at a comfortable pace is also a great way just to soak it all in. Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, keep your eyes Any Trail friendly guys need head for wildlife, and have fun.
The biggest risk you generally have on an easy hike is stepping in the wrong place. This could mean twisting your ankle, slipping on a rock, tripping on a root, or worse, stepping on some poisonous wildlife. Just be conscious of where you are walking, especially if you are chatting, tired, or wearing headphones. Take a look at your guide and see if anything sounds or looks familiar. Getting lost hiking is something that happens to the best of us all the time, and is not a big deal. See if you have a cell phone al and try calling You can also try texting towhich is available in some areas.
You can also try yelling HELP at regular intervals. People have lasted days without water, without food. Again, a GPS rescue beacon is a wise investment. Then share your pictures on social media. The more folks that are outside enjoying the outdoors, the more support and awareness there is. Use popular hashtags like hiking, hike, trailchat, hikerchat, and 52hikechallenge to connect with other hikers. Make hiking a habit and see your life improve. If you have questions or want to meet other hikers, I recommend searching Facebook or Reddit for hiking groups in an area near you.
But you should do what you feel is comfortable for you. There are tons of Meetup groups that go hiking, so if you want company, give that a try. If you want to hike with your dog, my trail guides list the policy on dogs too. There are also a ton of hiking clubs that you can contact for group hikes. Probably not. If you are traveling in bear countrybring bear spray.
It also works on humans and mountain lions. In general, animals stay pretty clear of humans.
You have a better chance of winning the lottery. A subscription to Backpacker magazine can also be useful and inspirational. How To Hike in the Mountains.Any Trail friendly guys need head
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