Hiking. Friday , April 27th , 2018 - 22:05:20 PM
We entered the Sierra Nevada on June 11 in a very heavy snow year so we spent about a month hiking through snow sometimes only getting down below snow level in the evening to camp. I had very little experience hiking in deep snow and no experience navigating when the trail was covered with snow most of the day. Mostly we did it with map and compass but we did use a GPS some to pinpoint the trail location and to confirm which was the right pass a few times. I had crampons at the beginning of the Sierras but soon lost them off the back of my pack before I ever used them. One thing we didn‘t have to worry about was water. We got spoiled by only having to carry a liter or two of water. We often drank directly from springs and the snow melt streams without bothering to treat the water.
If you intend to go hiking this summer or enjoy hiking as a part of your year-round activities making sure you have all the right gear in place will help you to get the most out of your hiking while ensuring that you still look good when you‘re out on the trail. Of course depending on where you‘re going to be hiking you will often need different types of gear but we‘ll come to that shortly. By making sure you‘ve got good hiking shoes it will avoid typical walking problems from cropping up such as blisters and sores which can ruin an otherwise really great day.
When choosing my hiking trousers I usually go for the ones that have the lower legs which can be zipped off and be converted into shorts. It might just be a small thing but when the heat is baking then putting the bottom of the legs into the pack and getting on with the hiking does feel great.
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