A Little Know-How on Hiking
First of all, when you prepare for hiking, be sure that you have all the proper material for the specific hike that you’re planning. Especially if you are going to hike for several hours…
The backpack has to be comfortable and well adjusted to your body shape. Its volume may go from 10 liters to 70 liters, depending on your needs while hiking and the period of time of your trip. It could very well be a daypack, for the shorter one-day hikes, or if you’re based or camped somewhere and take trips around your base. For suggestions on larger backpacks go here, and for daypacks here.
The hiking boots have to be high enough and sturdy enough to support your ankles if the trails are going to be rocky or if the backpack is quite heavyweight.
Wear thick socks to avoid the rubbing and the blisters. You can also find doubled socks in the professional shops- they tend to be more resistant.
Choose clothes for your hiking season and go for several layers so you can adapt to the rhythm of your pace, your sweat but also the weather conditions and the height of your climbing.
Think very well before making your backpack; every item that you put inside weighs something and you want it to be functional and important for your trip. Our specialists recommend to never forget the following items:
- A big vacuum bottle
- A hat, sunglasses, sun screen protection cream
- A coat for the rain, wind and a fleece jacket
- A plastic bag for your trash
- A first aid kit
- A mobile phone
In case of a several days hike, you should get camping products that are lightweight and also compact.
If you find your backpack to be too heavyweight, you can also take a mono wheel truck with a harness to put on- this system helps with your back pain.
Almost all the hikes have a picnic so bring with you dried fruits, biscuits, chocolate or energetic bars to boost up your energy while hiking.
If you have the means, a portable GPS may be used for the poorly marked trails or the isolated ones. And, if not, a compass would be always accurate.
A telescopic stick may come in very handy when marching on straight hills, but even when climbing up or down.
When your hike takes several days, give a thought about the reliability of your products and also prepare for some potential fixing. Better safe than sorry, right?
Hiking doesn’t mean only taking some specific things with you, but it’s also about how you prepare yourself for this special trip.
For instance, it’s better not to hike alone, especially in the mountain areas.
Pay attention to the season, the weather conditions, your physical shape when setting your hike trails. You don’t want to overestimate yourself and not finish your trails before the dawn. And, it’s not a shame to ask the locals if your feel overwhelmed.
Even though in this time and age the devices are reliable, there’s nothing more reliable than a detailed map where you can mark your hiking trails precisely.
Don’t forget to charge your batteries with slow sugars by eating some rice or pasta at dinner.
It’s always safe to spread the word around about your hike (to friends, family, neighbors) and to also give them a specific idea about your trail and the return time. In case anything goes wrong, it’s easier for them to get on your rescue. You can also give a word to the local police. Call them when you get back since you don’t want the whole local community to panic
No matter how well prepared you might think you are, always check the weather conditions just before you leave. Don’t go hiking in the mountains if the weather gets unstable, since the storms may get dangerous and quite violent. It’s true, though, that the weather science is not a precise science and the conditions may change quite fast.
For a successful hike, you also have to pay attention to your pace. There are some tips to try once you are on the path so scroll down to avoid any problems on your next hike.
- Optimize the load of your backpack for a maximum comfort. The heavyweight objects should be placed close to the back, the ones used more frequent have to be easy to reach for and the straps shouldn’t be too tight. It’s better to use a hip belt to send some of the weight to your torso.
- Hydrate all the time, with small sips. You need to drink before getting thirsty. This avoids also the risk of getting a muscular cramp or a sudden fatigue.
- While you march, eat fast sugars (chocolate, dried fruits, energetic bars) that boost up your body energy and keep hypoglycemic crises away.
- Keep on the marked trails and avoid getting far from the well known paths no matter how adventurous you might feel. Always check up your trail on the map since some marked place could have been erased in time.
- It’s no shame in turning back if you feel you got lost or the weather suddenly gets worse…
- If a storm appears from nowhere while hiking in the mountains, climb down as fast as you can. Stay away from the isolated trees and the rocky wet walls. Make sure also that no metallic object sticks out from your backpack.
- It’s better to have a picnic at the end of your hike since it’s more difficult to walk again after a meal. Plus, it’s so much nicer to enjoy the view from the top while eating
- Respecting nature should be your thing also so bring a trash bag and clean after yourself. Leave no trace on the paths…
- When you hike you do need not to interfere with the nature, the plants or the animals and leave it just the way you found it…This goes also with the locals. They live there even after you’re all gone. Respect them all therefore!
- Even though you go out into the wild, no matter how tempted you might feel, if you bring your dog with you it’s better to use a leash in the populated areas and the risky ones also.
- If go hiking in a hunting period, it’s better to talk with a hunter about how you should behave. He will tell you about the best means to hike, the conditions, protecting yourself and the hunting at the same time.
- Typically, the climbing down is faster than the climbing up but that doesn’t mean it’s less tiring for your legs. Keep in mind to have breaks also on your return.