Ultimate guide to planning hiking trips eBook

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Camotrek was created to inspire you and give you the right tools to explore the outdoors. That's why we share valuable information about hiking and all those things related to walking in nature. We wrote the Ultimate Guide to Planning Hiking Trips because we wanted to give you an easy to read source for planning hiking trips. The eBook is free of charge. It's our special present for you and we hope that you will find valuable information in it and use it as a guide to help you plan out many unforgettable hiking adventures.

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WELCOME TO CAMOTREK

Our mission is to ensure better outdoor experience for you on and off the trail. For this reason, we offer quality footwear, clothing, and equipment at reasonable prices.

Our product range includes a wide variety of hiking shoes and tactical boots, functional hiking pants, shirts, and jackets, durable bags and packs, navigation tools and optics, sleeping bags and accessories as well as other hiking and tactical gear from Mountainskin, FREE SOLDIER, Naturehike, Clorts, MERRTO, Bona Shoes, Haers, Naviforce, Maleroads, Wuben, Esdy, REEBOW, Eyeskey and other quality brands. 

Camotrek store always ensures the highest level of customer service and the fastest delivery possible. What is more, we offer free shipping on all orders in accordance with our Shipping & Delivery Policy.

Visit also our blog section, where we're going to share valuable information on hiking, including trails, clothing, gear, backpacks and packing, food, hydration, psychology, injuries etc. There will be more on hiking shoes and boots, their components, features, and maintenance. Moreover, there you can find the latest news, products, and promotions we offer at Camotrek.  

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Great Smokey Mountains National Park

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR NATIONAL PARKS IN THE USA (2008-2017)

Parks and recreation facilities provide opportunities for an outdoor vacation filled with beautiful landscapes, scenic natural wonders, magnificent geological formations such as great mountains, spectacular canyons, spouting geysers, majestic waterfalls, giant trees, and endless trails. National parks are among the most stunning, amazing and beautiful places in the USA that you must see. Today, almost 150 years after Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, there are 59 national parks with various natural landmarks, attractions, and features. Exploring natural parks is becoming increasingly popular in the United States in recent years. The National Park System attracted nearly 331 million visitors in 2017 (the actual number of visitors is 330 882 751, 85 451 798 or 25.8% of them are those who have visited various national parks). They spent an astounding 1.45 billion hours enjoying the beauty of nature. Ten years earlier, in 2008, the number of recreation visits was roughly 56 million smaller (274 852 949 recreation visits, national parks welcomed 63 281 512 or 23% of all visitors), while the number of hours spent was 1.21 billion...

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HIKING FOOTWEAR: TYPES AND FEATURES

Whether you go for an easy day hike where only having some basic knowledge and gear is required or a long backpacking trip where having an in-depth knowledge of mixing and matching clothing as well as a long list of packing items is recommended, comfortable and reliable footwear is a must. So, what are the most important characteristics to look for when selecting your hiking boots? Good fit is probably the most important feature of any hiking footwear - your footwear just needs to fit your foot. Regardless of how functional it may be on paper, well-fitting or ill-fitting boot can make or break your entire experience on the trail. Additionally, among the most important characteristics of a hiking boot are good traction, shock absorbency, waterproofness, breathability, good foot and ankle support, stability, light weight, and durability.

There are several types of hiking footwear. Among them: sandals, trail-running shoes, hiking shoes, hiking boots, backpacking boots, and mountaineering boots. Each of them has its pros and cons, depending on the terrain and characteristics of the trail, season, weather and temperature, distance and duration...

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HIKING CLOTHING ESSENTIALS

Adequate hiking outfit is a key to your overall readiness to face the various challenges that await you on the trail. Comfortable and reliable hiking clothing should provide protection against the cold (in the winter), heat and sun (in the desert and summer), wind, and precipitation. As Skurka outlines in his very informative book The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, ‘Clothing needs to help you stay cool when it’s hot, warm when it’s cold and windy, and dry when it’s wet; it also has to protect you against a scorching sun and abrasive brush.’

Nowadays, thru-hikers and ordinary nature lovers often look for multifunctional apparel capable of maintaining their comfort in any conditions on and off the trail. This means that hiking clothing must have certain features and characteristics to effectively keep the wearer dry and comfortable in various temperatures and conditions in order to be able to respond to changing environments. Moreover, hiking apparel should be durable, breathable, and as light as possible without losing its insulative properties.

Layering your hiking outfit is essential, especially when hiking in the mountains. Your best bet is to rely on a layered clothing system composed of specialized items that can be easily adjusted and mixed and matched with...

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NIGHT HIKING - PROS, CONS, AND DANGERS

Hiking requires a set of skills and can be very demanding even during the day when there’s enough natural light; hence night hiking isn’t for everyone, especially for novice hikers. However, once they acquire some basic skills and gain enough knowledge about the trail, they will be prepared for some safe hiking at night.

Before going to the pros and cons, take a look at some basic rules for safe night hiking valid for both novice and more experienced backpackers:

Start on a familiar trail. It can get a little tricky if you're not used to night hiking. So, it’s much better to start your night hiking on a terrain you know well. For example, having hiked the trail previously during the day will help considerably with navigation and will relieve your stress about the unknown. If you decide to hike up a mountain, take into account that there are mountains where snow can stick around until the beginning of the summer (of course there are also mountains where there’s snow year round) so you may need snowshoes.

Pick easier trail if you don’t have a lot of experience on the trail and/or you’ve never hiked at night, this isn’t the time to pick the hardest trail. Look for something relatively easy and short (around 10-15 kilometers) with not too much elevation gain...

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