GivenName Surname. Hiking. April 24th , 2018.
You may or may not have gone on a hiking adventure before. And if this is going to be your first time to go out there and discover the fun and excitement that hiking gives you may be curious about the important things that you should bring to heighten that fun experience. It also goes without saying much that having the right hiking gear and supplies to bring along can make your hiking quest safer and more convenient. Here are things to consider.
I was already mountain biking roller blading and rock climbing; and enjoyed the mountains and the other group activities so became a regular on the hikes as well. This was the start of my love of hiking. Jason also organized a few camping trips and backpacking trips including to the Grand Canyon. I had been brought up camping but had never done any backpacking before. One trip and I was hooked on that too. On many of the hikes in the Angeles National Forest we would see signs for and hike on part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Many people have commented on it as being "The trip of a lifetime". I understand what they mean but I have a problem with that. There is a common disease that affects many long distance through-hikers. I have the disease and there is no cure. It is only alleviated to some degree by going on another long hike. When and where I don‘t know but I‘m sure it will happen. It‘s been 11 months since I finished the hike and I can still spend hours looking through some of the thousands of photos or watching someone‘s slide show and every time I do I wish I could grab my backpack and head back to the trail. Just writing this and thinking about it causes me to get emotional and longing for the "simple" life on the trail. Of course like most difficult but rewarding experiences it‘s easy to forget the hard times and only remember the good.
Hiking boots. Another essential item to your hiking gear are hiking boots. You need strong boots for the tough trail ahead. Your boots should support your ankles as well as your feet. Make sure they are comfortable and fit well. Also make sure that you wear your hiking boots a number of times before you use them on the hike. This will help prevent blisters - not nice. Map Compass. It is obvious but you need to know where you are going and plan your route and have a map and compass. It is an essential aspect of your hiking gear. Also ensure you know how to use them. How to read a map. How to set a map using your surroundings and a compass.
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