The beginning of anything is always the hardest thing. Most of us just have the dream of hiking in our minds, and even give up before we start. Most people who just started backpacking lack the skills and experience of experienced hikers, and are prone to make many mistakes that are unique to novices (of course, even some experienced hikers often underestimate the danger and commit carelessness. mistaken).
These basic hiking tips today are for beginners who have no experience in hiking and backpacking but want to spend a good time outdoors.
1. Start simple:
Start from a flat road, about 5-6 kilometers, preferably in a park or scenic area.
For hikers who are just starting out, you don't need special hiking shoes.
In addition, unless you are hiking in the desert or high-altitude areas, you only need to bring a small amount of water and food.
These short hikes will help you decide if backpacking is something you like to do.
If you start with a simple hike, then backpacking is not that complicated.
As you enter longer and more difficult hikes, you will find that it just requires more planning, preparation and equipment. 2. Choose a simple route:
Continue to take simpler, less long trails, generally 50 to 150 kilometers is the best choice.
Traversing special terrain is usually more risky and requires specific skills and experience.
Choose a popular route and avoid dense forests and bushes and rocky slopes.
As a beginner in hiking, you can cross in places with landmarks. The trails in these places are generally easy to walk, such as: lake areas, scenic spots, forest parks, etc. This is also a good opportunity to relax, which is good for you Both physical and mental health are good. Three, go together:
Although you may prefer to hike alone. However, for inexperienced hikers, it is usually better to join a team.
The main benefits of hiking in groups include the following:
1. It is always more fun to be with others. Even experienced hikers can find it hard to be alone. 2. Generally speaking, it is safer. If you are injured or sick, you can rely on the help of others.
3. The chance of getting lost is much smaller.
4. Sharing equipment and affairs means that your backpack will be lighter and you don't have to do everything (cooking, cleaning, setting up a tent, collecting firewood, etc.).
5. By accumulating first-hand knowledge, you can learn a lot of new things from experienced people. 4. There is a plan, a backup plan, and an emergency plan:
Plan your hike in advance.
Choose your route and terrain wisely, you can easily do it online.
Generally speaking, the terrain should be suitable for your skill level.
Before venturing into an unfamiliar field, research the situation so you can make wise choices that maximize your comfort and safety. Get as much information as possible, consult climate databases, topographic maps, satellite images, travel guides, and of course, it is also necessary to ask other hikers.
Get the most reliable weather forecast for your area and check your equipment before you set off.
Make a backup plan in case the trip fails to proceed as planned.
Bring a map, a compass, and mark canyons or rivers. They will guide you not to get lost.
Prepare a first aid kit, you can lighten a fire at any time, bandage the wound, and send out a distress signal. 5. Choose the shoes that suit you:
It is important to choose a pair of sturdy, comfortable, lightweight, breathable, stable, and fit shoes.
Remember, in terms of energy requirements, one kilogram on your feet is equivalent to five to six kilograms on your back, so try not to choose heavy shoes.
Whether you need specific hiking shoes or boots depends on weather conditions, environmental road conditions, walking distance, and personal preference.
If you are traveling on steep, rocky terrain, sturdy and comfortable hiking boots can provide you with support and increase your safety. Heavy-duty hiking boots, which provide ankle support and a more stable balance, are a wise choice for winter and cross-country hiking.
Lightweight hiking shoes must meet the conditions of the season.
If you are in the summer months, you can wear hiking sandals or trail running shoes.
Both are breathable and will keep your feet cool and dry.
Moreover, once they get wet, they don't need too much time to dry, which reduces the chance of blisters forming. 6. Know yourself and make continuous progress:
Maintain a correct understanding of your physical strength and skills, carefully consider the risks and enjoyment.
In outdoor activities, it is very important to understand your abilities.
Wrong estimation of ability is also an important reason for outdoor accidents. Once a wrong judgment is made, the consequences are often serious.
It is also important to continuously improve one's physical stamina and skills, overcome fear scientifically, and make continuous progress.
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