Ultimate guide to planning hiking trips eBook


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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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. 

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“The beginning is always the hardest” – everyone has heard that and although most people agree that it’s true, the majority of us give up before even starting. And why not, since there are so many reasons for doing this or at least it often seems this way. This article is intended for all those who don’t have experience (or have a little experience) with hiking and backpacking but who would like to spend a great time outside in nature.

Most beginning backpackers lack the skills and experience of veteran hikers and are prone to the same mistakes typical for so many novice backpackers (needless to say, even some seasoned hikers underestimate dangers and make careless mistakes). However, with some simple research, reading, and asking most costly mistakes can be easily avoided without having to take instinctive decisions when you get yourself in trouble. And it usually isn’t very smart to rely on your intuitive judgments because it was discovered more than 40 years ago (by the famous psychologists Kahneman and Tversky) that even experienced researchers are prone to the same cognitive biases in more intricate and less transparent problems.

There are some basics necessary to follow for having a safe hiking experience which will be fun to do and fun to talk about later. Let’s start from #1...

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A group of hikers walking up snowy terrain


Though intuition and luck play a role, wilderness travel along trails, around bush, over snow, and across rivers and streams also requires some specific skills and experience to surmount the possible hazards and hurdles that await you on the trail.

Try to gather as much relevant information as possible during the planning stage of your hiking trip. Take time to research the climate and geology of the area you’ll be hiking in (especially if it’s more or less unfamiliar to you). Keep in mind that each mountain, for example, has its own peculiarities making it (possibly) different than any other mountain you’re familiar with. Gather detailed information about your route from maps, guidebooks, and online resources (outdoor websites, hiking blogs, forums, and local/state agencies); check weather forecasts. You can also obtain up-to-date information from backpackers who have made the trip as well as from locals who know the area. They can describe landmarks, hazards, trail conditions, and route-finding difficulties.

Traveling in the wilderness is like wandering in a foreign country. However, if you’re well prepared, have sufficient personal experience, and you’re aware of the key features of the terrain, you will be able to skillfully travel over different terrain and...

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River crossing


Hiking can be very exciting and rewarding, making memories for life; however, you should never forget that nature sometimes can be particularly cruel if you aren’t prepared to meet some challenges related to this activity and be caught off guard. There are always details and dangers you should know that are specific to the environment you are hiking in. So, make your research, plan carefully, get a pair of nice hiking shoes suitable for the environment you will be hiking in, and try to be as prepared as possible.

A common misunderstanding is that backcountry hiking is unsafe because of various natural hazards. In reality, your worst enemy is your own poor decision making. Injuries and deaths on the trail are primarily due to poor decision making by the backpackers themselves. The key is to make good decisions to keep the level of risk under control so that you can return home safely.

Hazard and safe are relative terms because even staying at home can be hazardous. Imagine that you slip and fall while taking a shower. Some of the most common injuries include sprains, fractures, and torn ligaments. You probably think that this happens very rarely. In reality, millions of people are injured in slip and fall accidents each and every year. Having said that, there are some hiking hazards you should be prepared for...

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Barefoot hiker in Moab


Most people know that the human body is an extremely complex machine. However, not too many people know that the foot-ankle assembly, as simple as it may look, has thirty-three joints, twenty-six bones, and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. To make things more complex, add the skin of the sole with all the nerve endings and touch receptors that allow us to feel and respond to pain, itch, tickle, cold, hot, smooth, rough, pressure, vibration as we run, walk and jump. Well, it seems that human foot is quite complex too. Actually, the bones in a pair of feet account for a quarter of the 206 bones in the human body. Then, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the soles of the feet are very important for balance (only the inner ear is more important for balance than the sole). The sole with all its mechanoreceptors allows you to fully experience your environment, including the terrain (rough, smooth, sand, dirt, rocks, rushing water), the temperature (hot, warm, cool, cold), and the vegetation coverage (grass, logs, and other plants). That’s one of the reasons why some people prefer to hike barefoot. No doubt, hiking barefoot is different than hiking shod and there are many reasons for this. But what are some of the most important pros, cons, and dangers of barefoot hiking...

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