Hiking How-To

Hiking can be a fun way to get some exercise and spend time outdoors. However, it’s important to be prepared before you hit up the nearest trail.

Some tips for beginners:

Always take at least one person with you when you hike.
Remember, you will be in nature and not on a sidewalk, and anything could happen. It’s good to have a buddy to share your hike with to stay safe.

Know your trails.
Find out which hikes are a good starting point and which are more advanced. Park rangers can school you on the terrain you will experience and the wildlife you might encounter.

Gear up!
Shoes are key to a successful hike. Some prefer above-ankle support while others prefer lighter footwear like running shoes. Whatever you choose, make sure your feet have enough support and the shoes are broken in before you hit the trails. It’s also important to dress for the weather by layering your clothes. Lightweight rain gear never hurts.

Don’t forget food and water.
A good rule of thumb is to eat 200 to 300 calories per hour to keep your strength up. You should also have at least a half-liter of water for each person for each hour you plan to hike. Always carry a little extra just in case.

Stay safe.
Make sure to bring along a first-aid kit, your phone and a compass. Make sure someone knows where you are if you’re hiking alone, and consider leaving a note with your route plans in your car.

Hike kindly.
Leave the trail how you found it – don’t litter, leave any plants or animals alone and be considerate of other hikers. Stay on the designated trail; you’ll be safer, and you’ll leave the woods untouched.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/hiking-for-beginners.html.