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What do you need to go hiking?

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Fri - 07 Aug 2009 - 08:32 PM

Your hiking gear list will vary substantially depending on many factors: length of hike, time of year, type of terrain, among many others. For example, a one or two night summer hike in moderate terrain would look like the following.

 You will need a mid-size backpack, bigger than a day pack, but not expedition size. This should be large enough for all your gear, and if it is not, you probably are bringing along too much and will regret all the weight.

 A lightweight 40 degree bag should be sufficient for summer camping, and you can probably find one that is reasonably priced. Don’t choose a bag with a temperature rating higher than 40, or you may find yourself struggling to stay warm on those crisp summer nights. Don’t forget a sleeping pad. There are very reasonably priced closed cell pads which are sufficient.

 Plan to bring a small camp stove to cook with. You can make a campfire in some areas, but don’t rely on that for cooking. There are two major types of camp stoves available: white gas stoves and IsoPro canister stoves. IsoPro canister stoves are great in the summer, and there are some extremely lightweight options available. Pack a small liter pot to cook with, aluminum or titanium.

 Pack about 2 pounds of food per day. Plan to cook only meals requiring boiling water, as this will keep the cooking and cleaning process very simple. There are some great just-add-water meals available at camping supply stores.

 Pack an extra set of clothes, including some warm clothing, to help you in an emergency or of your first set gets wet.

 Pack a small tent even if you plan to sleep in a lean-to shelter. You may not make it to the shelter, or you may find that the shelter is full.

 There are many other small items you will need, but the ones above should be the bulkiest and most expensive. As you are packing, go through all of your activities in your head and make a list of everything you will need. Knowledge from proper preparation can save you time, money, and hassles. In worst cases, preparation can save your life, or the lives of your loved ones, in an emergency. A good way to be prepared for various life-threatening situations, and more is to check out The Ultimate Collection of Survival and Security eBooks.

What do you need to go hiking?

What do you need to go hiking?

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What to wear when hiking?

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Fri - 07 Aug 2009 - 08:20 PM

What you should wear when you are hiking depends on a number of factors. Time of year, terrain, the weight of your gear, current weather, among others all factor in. This article will focus on a typical summer day hike on easy to moderate terrain.

 For an easy summer day hike, the conditions will probably be warm, you probably won’t have a lot of weight on your back, and the terrain probably won’t be too technically challenging. In these conditions, wear a non-cotton lightweight wicking t-shirt. This will pull the sweat away from your body, help you stay cool while you’re hiking, and will dry quickly when you stop. Wear a non-cotton pair of comfortable shorts with plenty of large zip or button pockets for small pieces of gear you want quickly accessible, like a map and a compass.

 You should forego the heavy weight hiking boots, and instead go with trail running shoes, or even road running shoes. Both are much lighter and will keep you happier after you have gone a few miles. Trail running shoes tend to have much grippier soles, but are a little heavier. You can wear cotton socks, but be sure to pack an extra pair or two.

 If you sweat a lot, you can wear a bandana, an elastic sweat band, or a baseball cap to keep the sweat from dripping in your eyes, which can be very painful. Don’t underestimate the amount of sweating you will do.

 Protect yourself from UV exposure by wearing a high SPF, sweat proof sun block, and sunglasses. Finally, wear or bring along some bug repellent. Nothing ruins a hike faster than having to swat at mosquitoes constantly.


What to wear when hiking

What to wear when hiking

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