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6 Essential Hiking Tips

Older Couple Resting During Hike with BackpacksOne outdoor adventure you can have in Denham Springs is going on a hike. Hiking offers a lot of physical and psychological benefits, including lowering stress levels and improving your physical fitness. It is important that you plan your trek ahead so you will be prepared for anything unexpected. But if you are new to hiking, there are some things you need to remember before starting off on your adventure. With these hiking tips, you can make each of your hikes an adventure to remember.

Tip #1: Choose the Right Trail

Pick an easy trail for your first hike out. This is very important especially if you’ve never been on one or it has been quite a while since your last hike. A shorter hike is recommended for those who usually take walks on a flat surface. Also, pick a hike without any abrupt elevation changes. An inexperienced hiker might have difficulty managing steep inclines.

Tip #2: Pack the Right Gear

Most beginning hikers make the mistake of bringing the wrong gear. Make sure that you are safe and hydrated on your hike. Wear light, moisture-wicking clothing that covers your arms and legs. The right clothing will protect you from scrapes and scratches and will also help prevent sunburns and insect bites. A hat and a sturdy pair of sneakers or hiking boots are also crucial. Lastly, pack a backpack with snacks, an extra set of clothing, and a good amount of water. There are about ten essential items you should bring whenever you go hiking.

Tip #3: Bring a Map

No one wants to get lost during a hiking trip. Bring along a map or a GPS device of the area through which you will be traveling. Study your map beforehand and make sure you orient yourself to the location before you start. If the hiking trail is marked, stay on the course. Planning to use your phone or another device? Pack a spare battery or put your phone in airplane mode to save the battery’s charge.

Tip #4: Time Your Hike Right

Hikers usually start out early in the morning. It is important to do this if you are hiking when daytime temperatures are high. To make your hike a safe one, take note of the local weather reports and plan out how long your trek should be. Be conservative with your estimates – hiking is not a race. Do not overexert yourself. Hiking at a comfortable pace means you will have sufficient energy to finish and enjoy the hike.

Tip #5: Use Good Hiking Etiquette

When you are on a busy trail, you must remember some basic hiking etiquette. Hikers going uphill always have the right of way. Move out of the way of bikes and horses when you can. Hiking with friends is fun, but remember to keep your voices down. Be polite and say hello to other hikers as well. Keep your dogs, or other pets, leashed at all times. Do not litter the trail with trash. Dispose of them properly once the hike is complete. Granola bar wrappers, empty water bottles, and so on should never be left on the trail.

Tip #6: Use the Buddy System

The last of our hiking tips is to invite someone to come along on your hike, just in case you have an emergency. Make sure someone knows when to expect you back when you hike alone. Let them know where you are going as well. This information will be vital in case you get lost.

Have a safe and memorable hiking experience by following these simple hiking tips.

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