A hike is a physically-engaging activity challenge. You’ll do more than the strolling you do around your neighborhood or park.
Hiking needs mental and physical preparation weeks before the material day.
A hike may be organized by a group of friends, club or an organization. If you’re a fun of hiking mountains, here is a guide to help you out.
1. Train hard, train in time
You’ll need to train your body at least three months before the challenge. Create a regular schedule and be disciplined to follow it. You can start with baby steps and gradually take more demanding exercises and distance. You can often carry your hiking stick to promote stability. Keep track of your progress to help you committed to your goal.
Most hiking organization groups provide an online exercise schedule to help participants train for the event. To help you gain the exercise momentum, you can train with other athletes or friends. A beginner may find it hard to hit the road alone. However, the company of like-minded people helps one stay focused.
2. Choose your attire carefully
Wear appropriate clothes that allow free movement and comfort. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause blisters and sore feet during and after the hike. Wear light absorbent pants to reduce friction and promote absorption of sweat. Long pants keep you safe from stinging weeds, insects and harsh weather.
3. Choose appropriate footwear
One must consider various factors before purchasing the most appropriate hiking shoes. First, mind the terrain of the hiking ground. A mild terrain will do fine with light shoes. On the other hand, tough, hard and mountainous terrain require hardy boots to help navigate the rocky ground.
Breathable material such as polyster and nylon are the best for hiking. They’re light and absorb moisture by releasing it to the atmosphere leaving one feeling cool and comfortable. Choose a pair with the right cut for the anticipated terrain.
4. Adequately pack your bag
You bag pack is your lifeline when hiking. Pack the following for your mountain experience:
Water- this is the most essential item when hiking. The body performs optimally when you hydrate frequently throughout the challenge. Carry adequate clean water and sip often despite the weather.
Navigation essentials- the hiking path may not be as simple as you may think. Carry a compass, map and a GPS with you. These are primary tools to help you find your way, water points, emergency towers, and other places.
Safety and emergency items- Hope for the best but always prepare for emergencies. Ensure to have a flashlight, a lighter, petroleum jelly, a whistle. Replenish your first-aid kit with bandages, scissors, antibiotic, paracetamol, sting and bites ointment for any eventualities in the field.
Sunscreen/block- You’ll be exposed in the sun throughout the hike. Carry sun protection with SPF 15 strength to adequately shield you from ultra-violet light that damage the skin. Add UV protected sunglasses to protect your eyes and a light, wide brimmed hat to keep the rays away from your body.
Hiking is a refreshing way of keeping fit, having fun and building resilience. Adequate planning will help have a fantastic outdoor experience.
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