If you’re thinking of taking up hiking but you’re worried you’re not going to get the hang of it right away then don’t worry, you have come to the right place. Whilst hiking can be tricky, to begin with, once you know the ins and outs of a safe hike you’ll be able to hike absolutely anywhere. With that in mind, we’re sharing 5 of our top tips for beginner hikers here:
– Start Small And Find The Right Trail For Your Fitness Level
If you’re going to be going on your first ever hike, you need to be sure you’re finding the right trail for your fitness level. The best thing to do is start small and then work your way up to more difficult hikes as your training progresses. Although finding the right trail is can take a little bit of time, but it will be the safest possible way to get started. For tips and tricks on finding your perfect trail, you can visit this handy guide here.
– Familiarise Your Self With The Trail And Research As Much As You Can
Once you have found your perfect trail, you need to do as much research as you can to familiarise yourself with the trail. Whether it means speaking to people who have done it before, Googling the entire route or doing a few short practise routes on certain sections of the trail – finding out as much as you can before you do your first hike will ensure you have an incredible time.
– Check The Weather In Advance
Once you have worked out the date or dates of your hike, you need to be sure you’re regularly checking the weather. Whilst you can hike in all weather conditions, it is important you know what to expect so that you can prepare in advance. Knowing the weather forecast will allow you to plan what you need to wear, what camping gear you need and whether you need and further provisions including a hiking staff, thermals or extra water supplies.
– Make Sure You’re Dressed Correctly
Knowing what to wear on your first hike can be incredibly difficult if you haven’t done your research. This most important thing to remember is that you need to ensure you’re comfortable and able to walk for long periods of times. Think about the clothes you’re going to wear, the shoes you need and whether or not you need any extra layers to keep you warm. For advice on dressing for a hike, you can visit this site here.
– Be Sure To Tell Someone Where You’re Going To Be
One of the most important things you can do when you’re hiking for the first time is telling someone where you’re going to be. Whilst it may seem silly and a bit over precautious, you never know what could happen on a trip
Are you a first-time hiker? What do you need to think about before you get started? Let me know in the comments section below.