Are you planning on going hiking this summer? If so, you may want to take a quick look at my list of the top five ways to get the most out of your summer hiking experience. Here it is:
Select the Right Trail
In my experience, trail selection is crucial to making the most of your summer hike. I like to select summer hiking trails that fit into my time schedule, match my fitness level and contain items of interest to me. During the summer months, I also tend to look for hiking trails that are less apt to be crowded with tourists.
Select the Right Companion
Selecting the right hiking companion can also go a long way in making your trek on the trails more enjoyable. I'd suggest that you select hiking companions that share your fitness level, schedule and interests. That way, you don't have to worry about your companions falling behind or being bored with the scenery.
Head Out at the Right Time
When it comes to making the most of a summer hike, it is also imperative that you plan your trip for the right time of the day. Otherwise you could find yourself caught in a severe thunderstorm, dealing with heat exhaustion or lost in the dark. I'd suggest that you check the weather forecast right before you head outside. You may also want to consider tucking a flashlight and a weather radio into your backpack.
Pack the Right Supplies
Taking the right supplies on your summer hike can also have bearing on your enjoyment as well as your safety. I would recommend that you consider taking the 10 essentials along. If you are new to hiking and are unfamiliar with what the 10 essentials are, you'll want to rectify that situation. The 10 essentials include such items as a compass, a trail map, fire making supplies and water.
Wear the Right Clothes
Last but not least, your clothes and footwear will also have a direct impact on your hiking experience. For example, if you wear clothes that retain heat on a day when air temperatures are in the 90 degree Fahrenheit range, you could end up with a heat rash. Furthermore, if you don footwear that is inappropriate for a trail's terrain, you could end up with blisters or other injuries. I'd recommend that you select light-weight, light colored clothes made from a moisture-wicking fabric. I'd also recommend that you consider wearing rubber soled footwear with the appropriate support needed for your gait and body structure.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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