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Hiking Newbies: What You Need to Know Before the Great Adventure
Are you planning a hike in the near future? Not only are hikes adventurous, they can be dangerous, especially if you haven’t hiked before and you are about to head out on the trail without planning first. In other words, if you’re a hiking newbie that’s great news, but don’t get carried away hiking unless you have a plan of action first. This includes bringing water, knowing how long you have to hike, when the sun is going to set, and whether the trail is safe. Knowing this vital information will not only keep you safe, but you will be able to enjoy your new adventure knowing you’re prepared for whatever the trail may bring your way, both good and bad.
Have Durable Hiking Boots
Climbing shoes are essential to a great hike. Find a pair that fits your feet well and that aren’t too tight. Just like running shoes you should select a pair that’s about a half size up from your normal shoe size. If your hiking shoes are too small chances are you will get blisters while you’re on your hike and that will make your hike less enjoyable. If you’re breaking your new hiking boots in on a new trail go on a short hike first. That way you’ll break them in and will know if they’re going to cause blisters on your first couple of hikes. The Clymb has a great selection of climbing shoes and other hiking gear.
Bring Snacks and Water
How long is your hike going to be? Depending on the weather and the length of your hike, make sure you bring enough water to last your entire hike. There are water packs that you can buy that make drinking water easier, and you can bring along a water bottle as well. Of course pack some trail mix and other snacks in a small backpack that isn’t too heavy if your hike is going to be a longer one.
Pick a Trail and Notify Someone When You’re Hiking
Do your research ahead of time and pick a trail that works best for you. Start easy and then work up to more challenging trails, but whatever you do stay safe. Depending on whether you decide to hike with friends or by yourself, notify someone when and where you will be hiking. Let them know when you’ll be done hiking so that if they don’t hear from you they can notify the proper authorities. Have fun on your new hiking adventures and use common sense along the way!