GivenName Surname. Hiking. April 24th , 2018.
Another very important piece of hiking gear that you should never forget to have is a pair of hiking boots or shoes. A lot of people do not realize that wearing hiking boots or shoes instead of the ordinary sneakers or sandals is not only comfortable but will also keep a hiker safer. Since hiking shoes are specially designed for hiking terrains they protect your feet and ankles from possible injuries in case the trail is slippery or a little rough for hiking. In case of a slight fall or slip the toughness and good design of these shoes or boots can keep you safe and make hiking on rough terrains much easier too.
Some optional but still useful items to bring along on your hiking adventure include a map of the hiking trail a cell phone a first aid supply and a small compass. These things would be helpful if it will be your first time on a hiking adventure. Not only will they help you have a more pleasant adventure they can also keep you safe.
Hiking with Friends. The support and motivation obtained from the group will help you in those times when you might think of packing up leaving. Actually even when you are hiking on trail you are used to it does not hurt to bring at least one person along as this is a natural deterrent to anyone along the trail that may be lurking with ill intent.
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.
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