Mariette Beaudoin. Hiking. April 27th , 2018.
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.
You may be interested in traveling further away from home for a holiday and need to research hiking parks and trails. The internet is useful for finding the information you need and for other resources like places to stay whilst you are away. Once you have arrived at your destination the local tourist office will have plenty of information available and usually have the most up-to-date information. Sometimes hiking trails or parks have to close for one reason or another so you can get recommendations for other places to hike. You can always the best trails that way. Local residents at your destination will have a good knowledge of the area so you may want to think about asking them some questions about the local trails and the ones that are highly recommended.
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.
You also must take precautions when hiking up and down a hill. On the ascent you should loosely lace your boots around your ankles to provide ample room for movement. When going downhill you need to avoid jamming your toes by placing your heels in the back of the boots and tightly tying your laces around the ankles while leaving them loose at the toes. Use a hiking stick or trekking pole. These sticks help with balance and stability when going up or down an incline. They also provide an additional support to your legs reduce the knee pressure and help you support the upper body especially when you embark on a long trek.
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