Care for a low impact workout while you enjoy a killer view? Hiking might be just what you’re after. Before you head into the great outdoors, here are some tips to make your first trip a successful one.
Hiking Tips for Beginners
Sometimes, a breath of fresh air can clear your mind and bring things into perspective. Hiking has all kinds of wonderful benefits for your health, and it’s also a killer workout, except more fun. You, nature, and the unknown up ahead make for a quite enjoyable combo. Surely, you won’t want to miss out. Being prepared never hurt anyone, so if you’re heading out for a hike for the very first time, here’s what you might want to know.
Baby steps. Yes, even if you’re hiking. If you’re a beginner, your first hike should be enjoyable, not traumatic. Assess your fitness level and make sure you choose a trail that is a good match. After the first couple of hikes, you’ll know if you can take more difficulty.
…And Get Familiar With It
So, you chose a great trail. Now, find a map and do some research on the area. Find out as much as you can about your next outdoor adventure destination: the type of terrain, parking, nearby restaurants… You’ll definitely need some fuel after all that exercise.
Pack the Essentials
Stay safe and pack smart but keep the list short and sweet.
Ten Essential Systems
- Navigation (map & compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First aid supplies
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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Right clothing choices = comfortable hike. Be mindful of the weather you’ll be hiking in and prepare yourself with the appropriate gear, whether that’s for warm or cold weather. Ideally, choose synthetic fabrics and stay away from cotton. Always bring along the sunblock and some actual hiking shoes. They will make all the difference.
Don’t Bulk Up
No need to pack your entire closet or a bunch of accessories. Being prepared also means being practical. Pack mindfully, but light.
Keep a Good Pace
Don’t blaze off into the wilderness like it’s a race. Take your time, enjoy the view, and pace yourself. If you start off too aggressive, you won’t have any gas left in the tank by the time you decide to go back home.
It’s summer. Come enjoy nature in Colorado with us! Give us a call and we’ll help you plan your next adventure.