A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS

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A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS


You can't talk about the mountains without mentioning hiking. Last weeks post had us tackling the basics of mountain trips. (Check this out if you haven't already.) Now it's time to get into the details of hiking mountain trails. We'll explore safety, packing and preparation. 


Index:


STEP 1 AN INTRODUCTION TO HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS



  • HIKING VERSUS MOUNTAINEERING


STEP 2 SAFETY FIRST


  • DRESS AND PREP

STEP 3 WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING (HIKING)


  • ITEM CHECKLIST

    STEP 4 HAVE FUN


    STEP 1: INTRODUCTION (THE BASICS)

    Before you tackle that mountain trail make sure you read this carefully curated list. We need to make sure we're prepared for anything nature has to offer us. (Bears, anyone?)


    STEP 2: SAFETY FIRST

    We're about to get serious here because hiking is serious. If you're planning to hike in the mountains, you MUST follow these guidelines. (Especially if you're taking trails that aren't super busy.)





    1. TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING


    2. Tell your hotel establishment, your grandma, your friends, anyone whom can call for help if you're not back in a reasonable amount of time. (Preferably tell at least two reliable people.)

      Most hiking trails, wilderness, remote areas and remote trails have no cell service. If you get injured, lost or in danger, rescue services will at least know where to begin their search. Tell more than one person where you are going, and give them a set time to contact you or authorities should you not return. Never rely on your cellphone.





    3. BRING LOTS OF FOOD AND WATER


    4. Bring lots of water. Most trails are 3-4 hours and you will need to stay hydrated to keep up with the steep and uneven terrain. Don't rely on mountains streams as most water still contains bacteria that will make you sick. Bring a meal, protein bars and extra dry foods to keep energized.





    5. NEVER HIKE BY YOURSELF


    6. Never hike by yourself. Always travel with a friend or a group. If you become injured they will be able to help. Don't rely on there being people on a trail. You are more likely to be the only one.





    7. YOUR PHONE


    8. Obviously, this one is a must for safety purposes. You might not have service but you still might be able to track your location on a map or use the flashlight. You should ALWAYS have a map and compass with you (not including your phone) to keep you on the correct paths.





    9. TRUST YOUR BODY

    10. Don't try to hike farther than you are physically capable. Remember you still need to get back from your hike. Make sure to turn around before you become too tired.





    11. DRESS APPROPRIATELY  

    12. Wear shoes that are good for rocky, uneven and muddy terrain. Dress appropriately for the season and always wear layers. The mountains get cold!


      STEP 2: WHAT YOU'LL NEED PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP (***HIKING SPECIFIC***)

      The following items are must-haves to stay safe and prepared to hike. These are the things that will potentially save your life should you get injured, lost or anything else. (Being prepared is cute!) You always want to increase your chance of survival and keep yourself conscious to allow time for rescuers to find you and provide aid. I know this is kind of intense but I want everyone to be safe and have fun hiking. If you're prepared for anything you can enjoy the wonderful experience hiking. ALSO DO YOUR OWRESEARCH. I am barely skimming the surface of safe hiking. You should inform yourself. A great place to stay is websites designed for hiking and outdoor safety, you can probably find ones SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR HIKING AREA.






      1. FLASHLIGHT

      2. FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP.
        EXTRA BATTERIES.





      3. NAVIGATION AIDS

      4. MAP, COMPASS. (GPS ARE GOOD BUT NOT FOOLPROOF. THEY CAN FAIL.)
        KEEP YOUR ITEMS IN A ZIP LOCK TO STAY DRY.






      5. POCKET KNIFE

      6. FOR CUTTING FIREWOOD, MAKING SHELTER AND EMERGENCIES.








      7. LOCATION DEVICE

      8. WHISTLE TO SOUND FOR HELP.
        RECOMMENDED: FOX 40 (Not sponsored.) It's loud and lightweight.





      9. FIRE-MAKING KIT

      10. WATER PROOF MATCHES OR REGULAR MATCHES OR LIGHTER.
        PACK IN A PLASTIC BAG TO KEEP DRY.






      11. SUN PROTECTION

      12. SUNGLASSES, HAT AND SUNSCREEN.





      13. EMERGENCY SHELTER

      14. THERMAL TARP OR BRIGHTLY COLOURED PLASTIC BAG.





      15. EXTRA FOOD AND WATER

      16. PROTEIN AND POWER BARS, SAFE/CLEAN DRINKING WATER.





      17. EXTRA CLOTHING

      18. HEAVY CLOTHES (JACKET, ETC) FOR STAYING DRY AND WARM.





      19. FIRST AID KIT.

      20. YOUR BAG SHOULD CONTAIN BANDAGES, GAUZE, BLISTER PACKS, GLOVES AND MORE. A WILDERNESS SAFETY COURSE IS ALSO A PERFECT ADDITION.

        PSA: Make sure to check what wildlife is indigenous to your area and find out how to keep yourself safe. You can most likely find this information online and also from your Park Ranger stations and tourist booths (if available). They often have little booklets. They love to help you out.


    STEP 4: HAVE FUN

    Now that you've prepared yourself, it's time to hike. October is a great month for your trip. The leaves are changing colour, the temperature dropping and the outfits only getting cuter/hotter. Now is the perfect time to plan your hiking excursion.





    THAT'S A WRAP ON HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS. STAY TUNED FOR NEXT MONTHS 'A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO CAMPING.'


    xoxo,

    Susan

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