GivenName Surname. Hiking. April 27th , 2018.
Helmet. Many mountain hikers overlook the importance of a helmet but it is an essential mountain hiking gear. Even when hiking over a mountain there is always the risk that a broken chunk of mountainous terrain might fall right on top of you and your helmet will protect your head from damage.
Rucksack. Sounds obvious but you want a quality rucksack when hiking. There are different sizes of rucksack depending on the type of hiking you are planning. You also need to investigate how to pack a rucksack as this is also very important. This is really a subject of its own. However you need to concentrate on packing the heavy items at the top with easy access to the things you may need first (such as waterproof clothing etc).
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.
Once you start moving on to shirts and fleeces the old adage about thinner layers and lots of them being better than a small number of thicker layers is completely accurate. If you‘re hiking to the really cold areas a thicker coat can be a good addition but most hiking trips will suffice with a few layers and a set of waterproofs. Conclusion. Hiking gear is certainly an area where you will have plenty of choice. Just make sure that you take your time in picking out the right hiking gear and if you look after it it will look after you while you‘re hiking.
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