Choose A Suitable Hike For Your Ability & Fitness Level
Find a local hike that is short but reasonably difficult and acquaint yourself with it. Investigate the best time to go, the elevation gain, the distance you'll be trekking, and what others have said about the path on the internet.
Get The Correct Gear
If you're caught hiking in improper clothes and shoes, you'll be miserable. Leave your trendy jeans and boots at home! Avoid cotton and opt for synthetic, moisture-wicking apparel. Wool is the material of choice. In cold weather, it provides warmth and dries rapidly. To avoid blisters, wear light hiking shoes with synthetic/wool socks.
File A Trip Report
Tell someone (and write it down for them) where you're going, when you'll be returning, and when they should be concerned and call for help. You don't want to be in the middle of an emergency when out in the woods, cursing yourself for forgetting to take this easy precaution.
Drink & Eat Well
To avoid dehydration, keep at least 32 ounces of water in your pack. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided at all costs.
It's equally as vital to include some nice food to keep you going strong on your adventure. Bring carbohydrates and protein to avoid dizziness, low blood sugar, and exhaustion. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Protein bars
- Peanut butter and banana sandwiches,
- Almond butter packets,
- Trail mix, and
- Jerky strips
Leave No Trace
The great thing about the outdoors is that it is accessible to everyone. As a result, treat the trails and the outdoors with care. On your hike, learn and put Leave No Trace principles into practice. Leave the route in better condition than you found it, follow the rules on the signs, respect the wildlife, and be thoughtful to others. To see our sustainability initiatives click here.