Get The Most Out Of Your Hike
by Chuck Fitzgerald
Hiking is one of life’s great joys. Fresh air, nature, exercise
and good friends. It’s difficult to imagine anything better – if
you’re prepared. When you’re not prepared properly, it’s
difficult to imagine anything worse. If you hike a few hundred
yards around your neighborhood or a few hundred miles around
the backcountry, use these tips to get the most enjoyment out
of your hiking experience.
#1: Plan your trip. You can plan too little but it’s tough to
plan too much.
#2: Get in Shape. Put yourself in the best possible position to
enjoy your sport.
#3: Check the weather forecast. Any weather different than you
expect can turn a good hike into a not-so-good hike.
#4: Dress for success. Layer your clothing and be very sure of
#5: Have the essentials. Your planning will help with this.
Take only what is essential and get the lightest gear you can
afford – especially for longer hikes.
#6: Plan to be out longer than you think. If you think three
hours, plan for six. Four days, plan for a week.
#7: Prepare for the worst. Know first-aid and CPR.
#8: Use of food and water. It’s okay to ration food, but don’t
ration water. If you are thirsty, drink. Decision making skills
drop drastically when you are dehydrated.
#9: Slow down. If you are hiking only for exercise, you’re
missing the best part. Nature is all around, slow down and pay
attention. You’ll be rewarded many times over.
#10: Take a friend along. Like most things in life, sharing
your hiking passion with someone you care about is awesome.
There are literally thousands of great places to hike in North
America and dozens of quality websites to learn more about the
sport. Check out our on-line education center or connect with
a local hiking club for hikes in your area – but in any case it
is up to you and only you to get the most out of your hikes.
Use this information and you’ll Get It Right The First Time.
About The Author: Chuck Fitzgerald is the owner of Arizona
based BackCountry Toys, an online specialty store with the
“Best Gear Out There” and dedicated to helping outdoor
enthusiasts to “Get It Right The First Time” with timely
educational information. Please visit
http://www.BackCountryToys.com to find great gear and to
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