Most beginners lack the skills and experience of veteran hikers and are prone to the same mistakes typical for so many novice backpackers. 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.
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 to comprehend the clues that the wilderness offers as you go.
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.
Most people know or at least have heard 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. Add the skin of the sole with all the nerve endings and touch receptors that allow us to feel and respond to various sensations as we run, walk and jump.
Every hiker should know how to build a basic backpacking repair kit with certain items and carry it during his or her outdoor trips not because it’s trendy but because it’s necessary to have one. Hiking trips can be quite unpredictable. Often something needs repairing or at least tinkering with. Your backpacking repair kit will make sure that you are prepared if your gear fails while you’re exploring the wilderness.
Adequate hiking apparel 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.
Camping in bear country may sound exciting and attractive to some people, however, many more avoid doing it because they fear bears. They are afraid of encounters with bears that may lead to confrontation, injury or worse. Knowing and doing the right things will help you protect yourself and other people in bear country.
Hiking in bear country can be a very enjoyable activity, however, you shouldn’t underestimate the risks and dangers associated with it because nothing guarantees total safety. If you are prepared with the right knowledge how to safely hike and camp in bear country, you will minimize the risk of a bear attack.
Hiking, backpacking, and exploring natural parks are among the most popular hobbies in the United States in recent years. Today (as of March 2019), there are 61 national parks in the national park system. These amazing places in the great outdoors are perfect for an affordable vacation among beautiful natural landscapes, breathtaking sceneries, cultural and historical landmarks.
People hike for many reasons - for enjoyment, for recreation, for relaxation, for a challenge, for change, to revitalize, to think, to connect with nature. Here are our ten reasons for you to put on a pair of hiking shoes and start your adventure now.
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.
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.
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 night hiking.
Preparing for a multi-day hiking trip brings many more problems and concerns than preparing for a day hike. The right equipment can make the difference between a trip you want to repeat and a nightmare. Moreover, in extreme circumstances, the inadequate gear could even be life-threatening.
Once you know more about hiking footwear, clothing, hazards on the trail, and you have your own reasons to start hiking, you can start preparing for your new adventure. For hiking beginners, day hikes are the safest and easiest way to start. Moreover, they are easier to plan than multi-day hikes and once you learn from them, they can be helpful to avoid problematic situations in your future hiking trips.