With fall upon us, some of the best hikes are ahead, allowing us to view changing leaves and summit glorious mountain peaks. To help you prepare, we’ve assembled some essential gear guides and timely tips for your hiking adventures.
Know Before You Go
Hiking is one of those things that is best not to “wing-it”. Check out your hike and route before you go. We like the app from Yonder or AllTrails, as they help to identify great hikes and provide maps and travel tips.
Insider Tip: Be sure to let someone know your hiking route and expected return time. If you end up changing your plans be sure to leave a note behind in your car, that way if you don’t show up they’ll know where to begin the search.
Carrying your extra clothes, snacks and water take effort. Why not make it comfortable? Choose a pack that fits your back length and storage needs. We like the options from Osprey.
Insider Tip: Pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the pack. Your hips and lower back can accommodate the weight easier and it will keep your center of gravity even.
It’s all in the Boots… and Socks
Nothing ruins a hike more than an ill-fitting pair of boots. Make sure to choose an option that fits your foot and intentions. Boots that are too tight or loose can cause friction on your feet and create blisters. Our favorites from Garmont feature a wide toe box with room for your toes and great traction. Also, leave those cotton socks in the drawer, opt for wicking or wool to keep feet dry and irritation-free.
Insider Tip: Take the time to break-in your footwear before you head out on the trail. Your feet with thank you.
Hydration is Key
Why is it so important to stay hydrated?
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body need water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health. Make sure to drink water before you go and every 30 minutes out on the trail. Carry an insulated bottle like the one from RevoMax to keep liquids cool all day.
Insider Tip: You know you’re drinking enough fluids when your pee is light colored. Drink more if it’s dark and infrequent. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can increase dehydration.
Are You Adventure Equipped?
When the unexpected happens, having survival supplies close at hand is key. The SOL Scout Survival Kit is compact, lightweight, and contains essentials for shelter, fire starting, signaling, navigation, gear repair, and more are housed in a roll-top watertight bag that will protect the tools in all conditions.
Insider Tip: Cell phones are often unreliable out in the woods. Don’t forget to pack extra clothing, food, water, and gear in case you need to signal and wait for help.
After a long hike, relax and enjoy the view at the top!