It is not a secret that I love hiking. Hiking is an excellent low-impact workout. Unlike walking on a treadmill or paved path, hiking involves more, sometimes unpredictable variables. Of course, the variables are part of what makes it so enjoyable. Use the following hiking tips to make your first hike successful:


Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water... and you actually remember to drink it. For water intake, about a half liter per hour of moderate temperatures is a good starting place. These amounts depend heavily on several factors, such as the intensity of your hike, the weather, your age, your sweat rate, and your body type. 


As a beginner hiker, it can be tough to know how much food you'll need. A good general recommendation for how much to eat is 200-300 calories per hour. As you gain more experience, you'll get a better sense of just how much you need. 


Painful feet can ruin a hike. You do not need to buy new shoes on your first hike. Let's make sure you like hiking before you make the investment. When you are ready to invest, invest in quality hiking shoes and socks. This doesn't mean heavy leather boots, there are a lot of "light hikers" available that require little break-in. Also, not skimp on socks... and please NO COTTON!! I know this way too well. Wool or synthetic socks are the way to go. One last foot tip, pack blister dressings just in case.


You don't need to be a medical pro to take a hike, but it is wise to know some basic first aid. Always carry a first-aid kit and know how to use it. The farther afield you go, the more important it can be to have medical training. 


When you first get on the trail, you may feel like powering forward like a hero. However, you'll be a zero by the end of the day if you don't pace yourself. Instead, pick a pace you can maintain all day. It might feel a little awkward at first, but after a few miles, especially uphill, you'll be glad you saved your energy. 


The beautiful trails we love will only stay beautiful if we care for them. Take time to read the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and follow them. It's up to every outdoor enthusiast to take care of our natural spaces. 

Happy Trekking Homies

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