May 15, 2013
One of the keys to a successful hike is being properly prepared. Not only does this mean getting into proper physical shape to tackle a hike, it also means packing the supplies that you will need while you are hiking. Here are some tips to that end.
First, you should hike with a buddy if you can. That way, if something happens to you, your friend can attend to you and get help. It’s also good to have a cell phone for emergencies, though you may not have (more…)
March 23, 2013
Hiking and sightseeing are considered to be mutually exclusive by some people. They argue that when a person goes sightseeing, he or she is not really hiking because hiking requires a certain amount of rigor and energy that is made impossible by stopping to see everything. Likewise, one cannot go hiking if one is sightseeing because sightseeing would hinder the hiking process. However, this all depends on one’s definition of hiking.
Some people believe that hiking can simply be (more…)
June 27, 2012
When you are planning a day of hiking having the right boots and clothing help make your time spent hiking those scenic trails more enjoyable. The most important thing will be your hiking boots. Keeping your feet warm, dry, and comfortable will make all the difference for your hike. There are different types of boots including lightweight hiking shoes to heavy duty boots, designed for different hiking experiences. The lighter weight hiking shoes are comfortable and work well for day hikes. If you plan on hiking (more…)
January 14, 2012
Do you usually spend your weekends working in the yard or watching endless hours of Satellite TV? It’s time to break up the monotony with a short hikedon’t be intimidated! You don’t need much for a hike as short as 3-4 hourshere’s our essential packing list.
Band-Aids: You won’t think you’ll need them until you get to the top and realize you’ve got to go alllll the way back down with your blisters. BandAids help like you wouldn’t believe and they are great for preventative measures, too.
Provisions: No need to pack a whole picnic, a couple of protein bars or some granola and two canteens of water will do. If you’re going to short yourself on anything make it food, not agua just in case you get turned around and the hike turns into a long one.
A Cell Phone: It may not work all the way up but if trouble does come up (you’re lost, you break an ankle) you’ll eventually find a signal. Cells can get you out of potentially dangerous situations but be sure to note the rangers’ office number.
January 10, 2012
Hiking is a fun activity to partake in all year, but there are some challenges associated with cold weather hiking. Below are a few tips to make your chilly hike a better experience.
First of all, dress appropriately for your hike. Look at the weather forecast and plan for any foul weather which is predicted. Layering clothing is much better than just wearing one big garment. Heat stays between layers more easily than it does with (more…)
December 26, 2011
The health benefits that can result from hiking are impressive and numerous.
Hiking provides an excellent cardiovascular workout which strengthens and tones much of your body, including legs, arms, knees, abdominals, and hips. In addition to toning a variety of muscles, hiking is known to strengthen your heart and lungs which lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke, promote HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and lower blood pressure.
Other ways hiking can improve your health include: improving bone strength and density which helps prevent osteoporosis; relieving (more…)
December 12, 2011
Important Hiking Tips For First Time Hikers
Hiking is a wonderful opportunity that many enjoy on a daily basis. Hiking can be a sense of euphoria, as well as a spiritual journey for many. Although hiking may seem to be filled with simplicity, many do not realize that there are specific important hiking tips one must follow in order to become a successful hiker. Hiking can be something that one may not experience unless properly overturned. When becoming a first time hiker, (more…)
November 30, 2011
Hiking is an American pastime that not only is exciting and entertaining, but also requires physical activity that can help with your health. When going on a hiking trip, there is always the possibility of some kind of accident happening. Bringing the correct medical supplies will assure that you will be protected no matter what happens.
Band-aids and antiseptic are the most important supplies to bring. Hiking in rough terrain can lead you to many cuts and scrapes. To avoid infection and further complications, you should rinse them with antiseptic and cover with a band-aid. Putting an antibiotic cream on the cut will also help prevent infection. Be sure to have a large variety of bandage sizes.
A variety of over-the-country medicine is also important to bring. Acetaminophen, Aspirin and an anti-histamine should be included in all medical kits. Also, wrap bandages and knee and ankle braces would be beneficial to bring on a long hiking trip. Hand splints, syringe, gauze, moleskin and tubular bandages should also be included in the kit.
If you are hiking with someone that has severe allergies, an EpiPen is crucially important to bring. The EpiPen will help prevent serious health complications until medical attention is attainable. Bringing a tourniquet and EMT shears is something that you should do while hiking as well. In case of a real medical emergency, the tourniquet will prevent blood loss and the EMT shears will help prevent loss of limbs.
Tweezers, small scissors, feminine hygiene products and rubbing alcohol are all important to bring on a hiking trip as well. Hiking is supposed to be a fun and healthy pastime, but if you are not prepared for accidents that may occur, it could turn into a nightmare. Having all of these medical supplies will ensure that no unwanted medical problems occur.
September 14, 2011
Packing the right equipment and safety essentials is important for your hiking trip, but the snacks bring along are just as important. To take this long trip through the woods, mountains, or wherever you choose to hike, you need plenty of energy and hydration. To stay hydrated on this long adventure, you want to pack bottled water. There-s no sense and passing out mid-hike.
When it comes to bringing food along on your hike, you want to choose the snacks (more…)
September 11, 2011
You’re A Hiker And You Know It – Even When You Travel
If hiking is in your blood, no matter where you travel, there’s a perfect hiking spot to challenge your hiking skills. It may be the Appalachian Trail or the Cathedral Mountains in Hawaii. Packing hiking gear when you travel is a great idea. Those wonderfully supportive hiking boots take on miles of walking in regions punctuated by hills or inclines. When it’s time to explore serious hiking trails, unpack your hiking gear to make your (more…)