A Fun Guide To Hiking!
Beginner Hiking Gear:
– Water (Water bottle or hydration pack)
– Snack (Should be high in protein)
– Cell Phone (Mostly for pictures)
– Walking Stick
– Hammock w/ Straps
– Lightweight Backpack
– First Aid Kit
Advanced Hiking Gear:
– All Beginner Hiking Gear
– Swiss Army Knife
– Water Purifying Tablets
– 550 Cord
– Flashlight (With extra batteries)
– Lightweight Folding Saw
– Fishing Kit (Hooks, line, weights)
– Fire Kit (Stormproof matches, a lighter, 2′ jute twine)
– Mylar Blanket
– Food Rations
Where To Go?
Once you become a seasoned hiker, the same trails may seem too familiar, and it will be time for you to branch out and travel to places you’ve never been to before. The hikes may get harder, but you’re getting stronger and faster with every step. Just make sure you have done the proper research on your new destination, have a map, and try not to put yourself into a position where you can’t have fun.
Another good idea is to be familiar with the local wildlife and the best practices of the park you’re visiting. “The more you know, the less you have to carry,” a great motto to adopt as an avid outdoors person. Reading bush craft guides and watching TV shows like “Dual Survival” and “Man, woman, wild,” can make it fun to learn about ‘primitive living skills’ that can actually save your life.
Bring your friends, if they’ll let you! There really is nothing better than having a few friends along for the adventure. Just don’t forget to take routine snack breaks; a hammock is the perfect way to get off your feet for a few minutes and enjoy the wild around you. Some of my friends like to pack a “surprise” that they get to enjoy at the halfway point of the journey. It’s fun to pretend that you are the original trailblazer. (How exciting and dangerous it must be for every explorer!)
What To Do In An Emergency?
- Don’t freak out! (Try not to think negatively about what “could” happen and stay positive!)
- Take a moment to examine the situation fully, asses injuries and supplies.
- If a wild animal is approaching you, stay calm and try to recall any information you learned about the local wildlife.
- Get your bearings, figure out where you are, and then make a decision to stay or move.
- Signal/Call for help. (Cell phone, build a fire, flash a mirror, build a giant “X”)
- If you or someone you are with is hurt, apply first aid, and remain calm!
- If you’re able bodied, make a survival plan and try for self rescue by “walking out”, back to safety.
- Forage for food, water, and supplies along the way. Remember, never consume anything you can’t identify 100%.
- Live to tell the tale!