On my first hiking experience I faced problems such as dehydration and severe heat. From my experience the new generation of hikers will have some positive insights to have a pleasant time in their first hike.
An urbanite planning to go to the countryside needs to know where he’s going, how he’s planning his tour. If a first time hiker wants to drink the lees of life he is to conform to the following basic rubrics.
- Intro to the first time hiker
- What should be your shoes in your first hiking?
- How should you dress-up while hiking?
- What should you do to stop dehydrating?
- What should be your ideal diet for the whole day while hiking?
- Equipment you need
Some community members around the world engage themselves in hiking in order that they may stay fit throughout their life. Sometimes we do notice striking stories get viral where a fun loving hikers said to lose weight as high as 95 pounds by hiking. The Eskimo community are used to hiking a lot. It is a great secret of their staying darn fit.
I do fervently believe that upon finishing this post you will make a detailed plan for a hiking with your fella or beau or loved ones to some fascinating locations.
By the way if you are reading these stuffs because you are planning to lose weight by learning all about hiking. Have you heard anything as to the fact that it’s a funny way to exercise and make your body raring to go?
If it’s so, you knocked the right place!
I personally know some coaches who design programs for those intenders who seek to lose their weight by way of hiking.
We have a road-map for you: Your coach will design a standard workout plan on the basis of your targets and level of experience.
Preparing yourself to get top of a hillock? Or you wanna rid you from a past habit? Here is our plan to take you to the next level.
Okay, start your exciting hiking!
How Can You Begin Your Electrifying Hiking?
Well, while you’re thinking about hiking, naturally you visualize a group of seasoned travelers with heavy haversacks hiking through Pacific Coast Trail or Appalachian Trail or John Muir Trail in USA.
Or maybe you think a pair of aliens set foot on the surface of earth and walking miles together without any stoppage.
What Is, My Definition of Hiking?
I define hiking as an activity of taking long walks in the countryside for pleasure or sport.
A hike may include:
i) A sortie around your house for few hours
ii) May even be touring the bushes in the nearby botanical garden.
iii) A part of the day or the full day hiking by the side of a long river and if needed be camp somewhere nearby.
For a first hiker as you are, all you need is solid commitment and required preparations before setting out.
By the way to get rid from the modern gadgets controlled life hiking is a very good breather to energize our life and set the momentum for future challenges.
5 Health Benefits of Hiking:
i) Makes you happier: Hiking strengthens your mental health. You get upto 50% elevation in your creative reasoning. Strikingly it allows you get away from gadgets and technology and get much needed ‘me’ time.
ii) Reduce risk of heart disease: Hiking helps decrease blood pressure and cut cholesterol considerably.
iii) Help prevent diabetes: Hiking can greatly control the amount of insulin in the body and thereby contain diabetes.
iv) Decrease anxiety and tension: By increasing the natural endorphins hiking relieve stress and reduce anxiety and tension.
v) Helps with osteoporosis and arthritis: Hiking increases bold circulation in the body when you’re out and moving. Your body can push oxygen through the joints more easily and can help to remove inflammation.
6 Ways To Arrange Your Exploration
i) Decide the amount of time you spend in hiking.
Being in first time hiking you aren’t supposed to hike Appalachian Trail, Glacier National Park, and Mount Whitney. Rather choose trails that you can hike in half a day or at the most a full day. Options of this type will require less preparations such as carrying tent pack or huge extra clothes. Last March Samson and Neela hiked Desierto de los Leones National Park, Mexico that lasted only a day.
ii) Decide who is to partner you in hiking.
I like hiking with somebody I love. Curious may seem even if you love being alone you should not venture into hiking alone because of unpredictable danger that may come your way when you are walking in the vast wilderness. I do suggest you to choose one of your besties to team up with you in your hiking. Probably you will choose somebody experienced in hiking.
iii) Assess your toughness of mind.
As first time hiker you should know at the outset how much pressure and troubles you can shoulder and digest and the overall preparations you need to handle it. Surely there is nothing to panic. Begin slow, choose a trail near your house because if there is any exigency you can stop and take rest and even return home if the situation is pressing.
I won’t say you need to be a hero. If needed cut short your expedition and return home with the feeling of victory. Won’t it be exciting to come home as champion after a whole day’s hiking?
iv) Choose places you planning to hike.
Don’t rack your brain. Be at lovely ease. Go to www.alltrails.com or coolhikinggear.com › how-to -choose-the-right -hiking-trail to choose a hiking trail. From the google map you can discover all the exciting places you can hike. Or, you may even take help from your friends or relatives. In any way there is no dampening effect on you as you are all set to go.
v) Be in continuous touch with your parents and friends.
When you are hiking alone and hiking for the first time be connected to the near and dear ones through emails or others ways. Make sure someone always knows where you’re going and how long you plan to be gone. Because your safety and security is our topmost priority. One thing we don’t want for sure is the repetition of 127 hours.
vi) Know where the nearby hospital is located.
This is a part of your preparation. You never know what is going to happen when you’re hiking.
Choose Which Type of Hike Best Fit Your Personal Criteria:
Well, there are many different types of hike to select the right and appropriate one for you. Some of the well-known hiking types are-
Day hike: Usually starts and finishes in a day. Ideal for beginners to build up experience.
Walks: A short or easy hike. Best to first time hiker wanting to start simple.
Multi-day hike: Generally done over a number of days featuring camping over-night though some may choose to stay in accommodation. Physically hard and challenging and not suitable for beginners.
Trekking: Trekking is long, tough, multi-day hiking not appropriate for the first time hikers.
Thru-hike: An American term used for hiking very long route like the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Coast Trail. It involves lots of planning and physical strength and not recommended for beginners.
Backpacking: Means multi-day hiking trips with your gear and camping equipment carried in your backpack. Again has many aspects to think about and a day hike would be best to start with.
Some other hiking types are loop, one-way hike, summit hike, ridge walk, mountaineering etc.
You can choose which one of the hiking is ideal for you. Now believe yourself and achieve your goal.
What Should You Wear In Your First Hiking?
Take a pause! Don’t bother yourself! I hope you have all the things when it comes to clothing, to go your first hiking.
We can compare choosing the right type of hiking boots to a matchmaking process. You hiking boots need to sync with how and where you hike. When you tie the knot be sure that your boots be a perfect fit.
Type: You have a dizzying array of choices, from ultralight trail shoes to mountaineering boots.
Components: Knowing a little bit more about what goes into uppers, lowers, midsoles, outsoles and other parts of a boot can help you refine your selection.
Fit: You will never love a pair of ill-fitting shoes. The distinction between blisters and bliss is taking the time to get a perfect fit.
However, don’t even be concerned a bit about your shoes. Only a pair of supportive over the ankle boots will serve your purpose in addition to your current pair of shoes. Many hikers don’t even wear any boots when they hike Chipinque National Park, Mexico.
Whatever may be the case don’t let your footwear option refrain you from getting started.
Being a first time hiker you can select a pair of light weight trail-running shoes. Remember that the terrain you’ll be treading affects your decision. In case you hike a well-maintained trails without a lot of obstacles, choose a light-weight, low-cuts shoes. Contrarily you should select a pair of sturdy boots if your trail is rugged, rocky and full of streams. Whatever you choose make sure the boots or shoes are well broken-in and comfortable for long distances.
Your Socks In Your First Hiking
If you’re wearing boots or light-weight trail shoes you have to wear socks to save your feet from blistering or let your feet feeling sweaty and unpleasant. Before choosing the socks you may consider the condition of weather, your boots and your budget. Anyway, avoid wearing cotton socks since it leads to blisters and ruin the pleasure of good hike. Instead you can choose quality wool socks. Kristen recommends Darn Toughs Socks, which she wore on her John Muir Trail Hike. Though are a bit pricey they breathe well, don’t shift around on your feet while you are hiking, and are made to last.
How should you dress-up while hiking?
Ideally suited outdoor clothing protects you from the elements and regulates body temperature while being lightweight, durable and comfortable. Consider the weather pattern as you embark on your first hiking. Because you’ll hate to face anything too cold, too hot, or an unprepared rain. Anyway try to avoid cotton layers since it retains sweat and moisture.
In cold weather shorts will make your life terrible. Similarly, in hot humid weather pants will trouble you inexorably.
Jeans? It is an appropriate type of wear if you’re put in a comfy temperature.
Jeans or leggings most often are not recommended for hiking. The most ideal wear for hiking is loose fitting stretchy trousers due to their breathability and comfort, I propose you to try a 4-way stretch trouser.
You may also try lightweight pants because I’m not sure you may encounter something like poison ivy or poison oak or poison sumac which you might not want to come into contact while hiking.
Your Hiking Shirt?
All you need is a couple of good shirts. One merino wool shirt which is light and warm, another a dry-fit shirt made of synthetic fabric. These fabrics dry quickly and won’t cause you discomfort. A sports bra may be necessary for ladies.
You’ll need a lightweight waterproof jacket in your first hiking. You won’t buy a new jacket if you have a decent wind breaker, but if you want to go on multiday hike buy a new jacket at moderate cost.
What Abour Hiking Hat?
Yes, obviously, you should bring a hat-broad-brim for sunny days, a wooly hat for the cold. While my friend Shorab, a New Yorker, was hiking Pacific Coast Trail his broad-brim hat kept his ears and face protected from the hot sun-shine.
The tops of your ears and back of your neck are prone to getting burned while on the trail, so a hat will definitely save you from this condition.
Well, How To Pack a Hiking Backpack?
When you choose a backpack for hiking be sure that it is very comfortable. If you carry a heavy load in your pack you will surely 100% need a hip belt so that you can take the majority of the weight onto your hips. In case you buy a backpack buy one with a good hip-belt and suspension system. For me I like Osprey Pack as it is compact and easy to carry.
As you are first time hiker you may borrow one or two things from your friends or relatives. Now the time is really ripe to get started!
What Should You Do To Stop Dehydrating?
Staying hydrated is of utmost importance when you are hiking. Dehydration rather than muscular or cardiovascular issues make you tired while hiking. You might ask me, How much water do I need, Dude?
Well, you will need 1 liter of water for every two hours.
You will always bring more water than you think you’ll need. Carry couple of water bottles in your daypack. Some hikers prefer the convenience of a system like CamelBak, which comes in sizes around 1.5 to 3.0 liters. CamelBak let you drink without removing your pack. However, carrying more than 3 liters will be onerous. One alternative will remain for you if your stock of water is finished. You can filter and treat water before refill your bottle.
What Should Be Your Ideal Diet For The Whole Day While Hiking?
There is a proverb “You are what you eat”. Food keeps us alive. As you are all set to start you may guess how much food you need per day. A very good general recommendation for how much to eat is 200-300 calories per hour. The food plans depend greatly on how long you plan on hiking for, the time of the day plus your passion for snacks. As a hiker I myself take the following in my pack.
i) Nuts/Your favorite Bar: Almonds, walnuts or cashew nuts. Nuts have great food value which are enriched in fat and protein. Though my favorite is almonds.
ii) Fruits: What I never forget is to throw two or three fruits into my bag every time I get out. Nuts and apple do combine to make all of fat, protein and carbs one needs for all day. Bananas, raisin and other fruits also suffice the nutrition requirements.
ii) Trail mix: If you decide to be with trail mix, be sure that it is home made with dried fruit and unsalted nuts.
Well guy, if you want to supply food for your thought you can carry one of your favorite fictions.
Equipment You Need
In your first exploration you won’t climb Mount Whitney, but rather you’ll be venturing on in intro hike to build up your confidence.
On your first hike you may need a few pieces of equipment. These include the following:
- A Hiking Watch
- A hat
- Bug spray/repellent
- A map
- First aid kit
- Pocket knife
- A camera
If you choose a hiking trail which includes hiking up and down a lot of steep inclines, you can bring trekking poles to save your knees. Besides, bring a light mobile phone charger.
Additional Hiking Consideration For You
These things are related to your personal health and safety.
Going to the bathroom: Don’t get panicked. You’ll do whatever countless people have learned to do. For safety reason take some toilet paper with you. Women can carry a small zip-top plastic bag. Carry hand sanitizer for washing your hands every time you touch anything dirty.
Hiking with period: If you’re hiking with period bring along menstrual supplies and know how to manage them well.
Safety: Always leave a detailed itinerary with a friend or family member. If you’re hiking solo or to a very remote locations, you may consider carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB) that lets you to send an SOS if something untoward happens.
Trail Etiquette For Your Good Soul
You need to know some basic trail etiquette as first time hiker.
Right of way: Following these rules you can help everyone get along:
- Hikers vs. Hikers: Hikers going uphill usually have the right of way. You may see uphill hikers let others come downhill while they take a breather, but remember that’s the uphill hiker’s decision.
- Hikers vs. Bikers: Mountain bikers are generally expected to yield to hikers. However, because mountain bikers are usually moving faster than hikers, it can be easier for hikers to step aside and yield the right of way.
- Hikers vs. Horses: Horses get the right of way. If you’re sharing the trail with equestrians, give them a wide berth when you’re passing each other and don’t make abrupt movements. It’s generally recommended to step off the trail to the downhill side while yielding to a horse.
Leave No Trace
While most of us don’t wish to harm our natural surroundings, we may not know how to preserve them, or we’re simply ignoring a few important behaviors. Leave No Trace provides seven principles that give guidance for enjoying the outdoors in a sustainable way that avoids human impacts. The seven principles are:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be compassionate to other visitor
What To Do Post-Hike
Once you get back from your first time hiking there are a few tips you’ll appreciate! Since you’re first time hiker you may get mighty stiff the next day, do some whole-body stretches when you finish to help soothe your recovery. Eat plenty of healthy foods and plan your next hiking.
I do hope hiking will prove very fulfilling to you. Now your dream will be like, “What long trail do I want to hike nest?”