Thinking back to my first really challenging hike, it was the 4 Mile Loop up to Glacier Point in Yosemite around five years ago. I showed up in a pair of old Nikes and very unequipped for the grueling climb. From there, my next major hike was in the Dolomites. That time I showed up prepared, did my research and had a wonderful time. At first, the hikes were focused on getting to a viewpoint or perhaps seeking out a photo seen on the internet. Of course, a view isn’t necessarily a bad thing to work towards. But the more and more I pushed myself, the more hiking became more of a mental challenge. A test of my mental strength, that even when I thought I couldn’t go any further, I could.
My love for hiking is now equal parts that — a mental and physical challenge as well as seeking out the great outdoors. My hope is to encourage you to get outdoors and connect with nature. Even if it’s a short hike or a long day hike, or perhaps even a backpacking experience. It is such a wonderful opportunity to disconnect.
A Beginner’s Hiking Guide:
Essential Gear + Helpful Tips
#1 Do Your Research Before
一个我做早期最大的错误，被显示出来没有做适当的研究。有这么多的因素着手加息前要考虑的。我们亲自使用All Trailsfor researching hikes. You can even find nearby hikes on the website.
- What is the elevation gain?
- Is the trail well-marked?
- Are there things like wildlife spotting or risk points?
All of these factors are what help me make a decision in planning for a hike. I can show up more prepared and be adequately geared up for a hike. What I love about some of the more popular hikes is that there are plenty of reviews so I’d recommend for your first-time hikes to stick those trails first. You’ll feel much more at ease and can work towards more backcountry hiking.
Choosing the right trail for yourself will be a combination of the determining factors listed above. I know for myself, I can push to some limits but if there’s any rock-climbing on hikes, that is outside of my comfort level.
#3 Have Offline Trail Maps
I cannot reiterate this part of all tips the most: have the trail saved offline. Whether it is a physical map, Google Maps offline, or my new found love ofGaia GPS. I’d recommend Gaia GPS as it is everything you need in one place, saved offline.
如果你要使用手机作为GPS源，我会强烈建议a portable battery chargerfor your phone.
The biggest key takeaway is not to get lost while out hiking, so researching the trail ahead of time and having an understanding of it will be helpful in addition to offline maps.
If it’s your first time hiking, you’ll feel much more comfortable hiking with a friend or a group. I still don’t love to hike solo, so this is what I opt for.
Hiking in numbers is especially important in certain geographic areas when wildlife comes in as a factor. So I’d keep this as a consideration when planning hikes in areas like Yellowstone or Glacier area.
When it comes to bear safety, I can share honestly that after my first bear encounter in Yellowstone (it was a black bear), I found that they’re not as interested in me. A black bear is MUCH different than a grizzly bear. When we hike in grizzly bear territory, we ALWAYS carry a can of bear spray each and a knife.For more tips on bear safety, read here.
#5 Hydrate + Nourish
水是关键之前较长(或任何长度)hike. I try to keep my body as hydrated as possible before a hike so that I can show up prepared physically. When it comes to nourishing my body, for the longer hikes I am very diligent in not drinking the night before and eating properly.
I think you have to sort out what works best for your body and what factors will make you feel good for when you hit the trail.
#6 Leave No Trace Behind + Etiquette
One of the most important things in hiking is understanding the etiquette. The first and most important: leave no trace behind. This means if you pack it in, you pack it out. Look where you’re hiking, so not to trample down plants and flowers.
- Give way to faster hikers
- Uphill hikers have the right of way
#7 Let Others Know Where You Are
The last thing we always do when we hike is to let someone know what trail we are on and are estimated time of being gone is. This is another extra layer of safety for us and to let our family know where we are.
Essential Gear for Hiking
I’m going to break this into two categories:what to wear hikingandwhat to pack for hiking. Over the years, I’ve trustedBackcountryas my gear supplier as they have fast and free shipping + returns. Also, their sales are incredible so I’m always keeping an eye out for those. (none of this is sponsored)
What to Wear Hiking
This is very personal when it comes to what you want to wear hiking. Over the years, I’ve hiked in my running shoes most of the time until this summer I finally made the upgrade to hiking boots. My consensus? I wish I would have changed to boots earlier on. There are some trails that are definitely doable in a pair of running shoes but my preference for longer hikes is these boots.
这些都是我有，价格点是对登山鞋在$ 150以下不可战胜的。我穿着他们品牌上A 11英里的徒步旅行，而不是一个单一的水泡新。
Danner Adrika Hiker Boot多一点的高价，这种靴子来到强烈建议为中等重量的引导，几乎全年远足。
Do not underestimate how helpful good socks are for your hiking boots.
I never leave without my basic accessories. I almost exclusively hike with my Patagonia hat at all times to protect my face and always pack a pair of sunglasses.
If you invest in any thing for hiking in addition to hiking boots, let it be proper layers. I’ve found over the years that good, packable layers make all the difference. I’ve almost exclusively only worn for Patagonia as I love their mission as well as quality. I always have a vest, puffer, and rain layer. I will also pack an extra thermal or two for colder climates. Here are my favorites:
巴塔哥尼亚纳米泡泡袖绝缘护套— I personally prefer the Nano puff as I don’t get overly hot in it and can wear layers underneath.
Patagonia R1 Fleece Pullover— I have an old Nike version of this and this one is pretty comparable. Love having this as an extra layer.
Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket- 包装都为雨季壳，这是一个改变游戏规则的时候，天气是不可预测的。
巴塔哥尼亚复古桩子母套衫— a cute option for a pullover as well.
What to Pack for Hiking
These are some essentials you can’t leave with out, like a Backpack, water bottle, and other important gear. Here are my favorites:
Pacsafe Venturesafe X34L Backpack- 我们现在已经用这个作为我们一天包了长途跋涉多年，喜欢它。
鱼鹰包Daylite 13L背包— Osprey is another brand favorite, and if one of us has the large pack, I’ll bring this as well.
Hydro Flask 40oz Wide Mouth Prism Pop Water Bottle— water is always my number one fear, so we pack A LOT of it. Usually around 40-60 oz minimum a person.
Larq Self-Cleaning Water Bottle- 如果你有自来水供应，这瓶可以在旅途中清洗干净。
Sunscreen + Bug Spray- 的时候，我希望我手头上有这两样东西的量是无止境的。我爱全地形臭虫喷雾+所有好防晒霜。
小吃+食品— this is all dependent on how long your hike is but I ALWAYS recommend bringing extra protein and snacks of your choice. I love all EPIC bars and will bring protein bars + trail mix.
BioLite 200 HeadLamp——如果你正coming back at dark, you’ll need one of these.
Opinel No 8 Outdoor Knife— they are very handy to have and I’d recommend to have one.
I’d love to hear where you’re hiking this summer. We just completed这个史诗般的加息near Mammoth Lakes and are looking forward to more this summer in Oregon and Washington.