It’s officially summertime and that means outdoor adventures are at your fingertips. If hiking is on your mind, keep these tips in mind before hitting the trail.
Stay on the trail:
This can’t be stressed enough. Even if the trail is rough and muddy, don’t diverge from the trail. By keeping on the trail you will minimize safety hazards and you and won’t do damage to the environment surrounding the trail, keeping it preserved for future hikers
Taking two or three friends along with you will reduce the risk of getting lost or veering from the trails. It is recommended that each person carry a map and compass with the trail isn’t for novice hikers.
Hydrate and Re-energize:
The last thing you want to do is get halfway up a mountain and get sick or pass out. Bring plenty of water and hydrate often. The heat and exertion can sneak up on your sooner than you think. Drink often and bring snacks along to re-energize.
Layering can be your best friend. Generally temperatures vary throughout the hike, so being able to add or remove as you go can be beneficial. If inclement weather is a possibility, bring a waterproof layer to keep you warm. Solid, lightweight hiking boots are generally the most appropriate footwear.
Research your trail before you head out. Have there been any recent changes to the trail? Does it suit your physical fitness level? Are you familiar with where you’re going? How’s the weather going to be?
Planning ahead and being prepared can minimize risks and help you focus on having an enjoyable, safe hike