Docstoc

Hiking_Basics

Document Sample
Hiking_Basics Powered By Docstoc
					Hiking Basics

Word Count:
603

Summary:
Gear up for an exhilarating day in the great outdoors. Whether you're a
beginner or a veteran hiker, being prepared and following a few hiking
basics can help make your adventure as safe as it is sensational.

You don't have to be a professional hiker to fully enjoy a hiking
adventure. Hiking basics begin with a good sense of the outdoors and a
willingness to get connected with the wilderness. The right equipment and
supplies can help ensure a successful outdoor adventure....


Keywords:



Article Body:
Gear up for an exhilarating day in the great outdoors. Whether you're a
beginner or a veteran hiker, being prepared and following a few hiking
basics can help make your adventure as safe as it is sensational.

You don't have to be a professional hiker to fully enjoy a hiking
adventure. Hiking basics begin with a good sense of the outdoors and a
willingness to get connected with the wilderness. The right equipment and
supplies can help ensure a successful outdoor adventure.

Hiking Boots

Can you safely say, "These boots are made for hiking"? If not, it's time
to go shopping. Hiking basics start from the ground up, so make sure
you've got a good foundation. There are all sorts of different styles of
hiking boots to choose from. Choose your boots and wear them for a few
days before your hiking trip. If your boots are nicely broken in,
blisters and sore feet won't spoil your hike. Remember, your feet will be
your only source of transportation on the trail, so you've got to keep
them comfortable.

Clothes and Accessories

There are no fashion runways in the forest, but it's still important to
choose the right clothing and accessories. You want to be comfortable,
but you need protection. Layering your clothes is always best. Start with
a light shirt or tank, and then wear flannel or fleece over top. If the
hike heats up, you can tie the top shirt around your waist; if the air
gets chilly, you've got an extra layer of warmth available. Zip-off and
roll-up cargo pants are also great for offering flexibility and comfort.
Remember to bring a hat and sunglasses, just in case your hike takes you
to a sunny spot.
Food and Water

It's important to keep your energy and hydration levels on track while
you're on the trail, so pack plenty of snacks and fresh water. It's great
to pack light, but more important to have enough water and food when you
get hungry or need an energy boost. Fruit, trail mix and protein bars are
all easy to pack, and packed with energy. Just be sure to take any food
wrappings with you. Avoid sugary snacks and drinks that give you an
initial boost, and then cause you to crash. Sugar doesn't replenish
energy, so leave it at home. Drink lots of water along the trail to keep
from being dehydrated, particularly on hot summer hikes.

Survival Supplies

Don't underestimate nature, or overestimate your navigational skills.
Accidents can happen and you may become lost, so be prepared for
anything. Pack a first aid kit for unexpected cuts and mishaps, and bring
anything you might need in the event you get stuck or lost. Chances are,
you'll never need your survival kit, but in this case, it's better to
bring what you don't need, than it is to need what you don't have.

Respect Nature

Leave nothing behind, and take only your memories. These are important
hiking basics for all adventurers. Nature is a gift that must be
respected as well as enjoyed. Take a break every now and again to
appreciate your gorgeous surroundings. Bring a camera to capture your
memories. Smell the flowers and breathe in the fresh air. A few quiet
moments can create memories that last a lifetime.

A few hiking basics are all you need to hit the trail for a great day
outdoors. If you have kids that can safely hike the trails, bring them
along to let them experience natural wonders they don't get to see
everyday. You'll all see the world in a whole new way.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:3
posted:3/1/2010
language:English
pages:2