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The Beginners Guide to Hiking

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO HIKING MOUNTAIN ZLEISURE OUTDOOR SPECIALISTS PERTH Number of participants in hiking in the U.S. from 2006 to 2012 (in millions)* 30 20 10 About Hiking is a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Many may think of hiking as an adventure through canyons and mountains for weeks at a time, which may deter people from partaking in one of the best and simplest form of outdoor activities. A hike can be anything from climbing Mount Everest to taking a stroll around your local park. “Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits." ~ Cindy Ross Hiking is a great form of exercise and has many health benefits. It is great for losing weight, building muscle and increasing your endurance and stamina. Determine your ability If you are new to hiking, you may want to start with gentle hikes through your local park or forest. This will allow you to build up your strength and endurance to slowly pick up your pace and move on to new places. Hiking through the wilderness for hours can be a daunting task for a beginner. There are many things you need to learn to keep you safe and prevent you from getting lost. Where are you planning to go Before you set off on your hike, you need to decide where you are going. This will allow you to determine how long you will be away for and what what you need to pack. If you're going for a trek through your local woods you may be away for a day but if you're planning to hike the lakes or the Scottish mountains, you may need to plan ahead and set aside a few days to accommodate your trip. Let others know If you are planning on hiking, you must let others know you are going, where you are going and the time you plan on returning. If you do find yourself in trouble, you may be alone for a long time before someone comes across your path. They will then be able to report the authorities and tell them you haven't returned. What to wear When hiking, you are exposed to whatever the elements have to throw at you. You need to be prepared and wear the right clothing. You will need a fleece, (sometimes known as a midlayer). This insulates the heat your body exerts and keeps you warm. It should be lightweight, quick drying and able to be worn under a jacket. You will then need a waterproof jacket, sometimes known as a windproof jacket. Your waterproof jacket should be breathable and fully waterproof. You will also need walking boots. These play a vital part in keeping your feet safe when you are hiking over rocks and stones. Chose a pair that are comfortable, sturdy, waterproof and have a high ankle cuff. What to take You should tailor your equipment for how long you decide to hike for. If you decide to camp, you will need all the camping equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag, and cookware. 2 KNIFE ** MOUNTAIN* O CARABINER O MAP O BOOTS O BACKPACK In addition, you will need your mobile phone, water, and any food supplies. 2006 29.86 2007 29.97 2008 32.51 600Z 2010 2011 2012

The Beginners Guide to Hiking

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A helpful infographic for people who are new to hiking, providing tips on preparation, what to bring, and working out your limits and capabilities.


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