Hiking is the favorite pastime for millions of people around the world. Hiking to the top of the World’s highest summits brings is an achievement in itself. However, there is no hiking without danger.
Climbing some of the sky-touching peaks would require you to learn survival skills and a few simple yet essential tips;
- Join a Hikers’ Group or Club
Join a group will give you support and company. You will get the required guidance for your first-day hiking. It spares you from the trouble of planning your trail.
- Do Your Own Research
From the weather condition to the region; do your own research. Assessing the weather conditions of the previous year, you can assume how it will be. Check out the region. If it is a quiet track, chances there could be some underlying danger – you must investigate. Assess the potential risks and try to tone them down.
- Have a Trip Plan Ready
Planning the hike and sharing the itinerary with a friend is something injected into every hiker. Apart from that, plan out the leaving and arrival dates, mode of transportation. In case of any delay, leave a small window of 24 hours before your family calls the authority.
- Start Off Small
No novice hiker can overcome the Everest. In fact, many pro hikers fail to do so, despite their extensive experience. Don’t rush. Start with small and realistic goals. Achieving them will help work your way to bigger and difficult trails.
- Prepare Ahead
No matter where you are hiking; you need to know to set a tent, climbing heights, lighting up a fire, acclimatizing with different climatic conditions. You need to be prepared to face unfortunate situations.
- Ditch the Extra Pounds
If you are just starting off, then you don’t need a huge amount of hiking equipment. Those extra pounds hamper your pace. You shouldn’t put too much of strain on your body. Take only what you need. Identify your hiking gears and procure them. Check out the packing checklist for more details.
- Befriend with Other Hikers
Hiking can make you feel so homesick that you wish to quit. Make new friends on every hike. Having someone to talk to will help you enjoy it. You will have someone as an anchor of support and encouragement.
- Stretch Yourself Often
It is common to have stress and injury on a hike especially new hikers. You can avoid them giving yourself a good stretch often. Make it a routine to stretch yourself every morning, evening and in the breaks. Don’t neglect it for being tired!
- Listen to Your Body
Don’t rush on the first day. Build up your pace as your legs get stronger. If your body asks you to rest or slow down, listen to your body. What if you are hiking alone and can’t move? You have no help around. What will you do then? Better, take your own time. Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated.
- Heed Your Feet
Treat them like a champ, they will achieve your goals. Good pair of synthetic socks, comfortable hiking boots are must. Give a gentle massage and some rest whenever possible.
It is dangerous, but that doesn’t make it less adventurous or exciting. With some caution and baby steps, it may take you longer, but you will conquer great heights for sure… Stay motivated, enjoy your hike!