Hiking in the mountains is breathtakingly beautiful and exciting. Nature is a place like no other, and once you immerse in it, you will understand why? Waking up surrounded by nature and feeling the solitude of the countryside is what entices travelers to wild camping. However, as dreamy as it sounds, there are still rules to follow that will ensure each adventure is safe and rewarding while maintaining such unique spots for the wildlife and those who follow next. You require necessary gear like bowie knife, ropes, and warm clothes to avoid troubles in the wild. Follow these tips to make your next hiking adventure a great success.
- Plan ahead: whether you are going on a hike for the first time or for the 10th time, planning is crucial, as a lot can change in the wilderness. The weather can change suddenly, trails become difficult, rivers expand, and other travelers might push you to your favorite camping spot, so always plan your trip in advance. Use a good map to frame a path within your capabilities. Don’t forget to double-check its feasibility with the national park visitor center or a local hiking group wherever possible. Moreover, estimate the time your hiking trip will take and have two or three potential camping spots. Also, download the GPS and compass apps in your phone and pack a battery-operated phone charger.
- Pick a trail for your trip: with so many incredible routes and destinations to choose from, it becomes inevitable to avoid confusion. So, if you are feeling confused, ask these questions yourself.
- How far do you want to hike? If you are a novice backpacker, 5-7 miles a day is a good target. Remember, if you are not used to carrying a lot of weight, then backpacking will be more daunting than a regular day hike. The average confident backpacker can usually cover somewhere between 8-12 miles or more, depending on how much altitude gain there is.
- How difficult you want your hiking trail to be?
- Decide if you are looking for trails with mountains, lakes, or waterfalls.
- Decide if solitude is a top priority for you.
Put together all your thoughts after deciding on these factors and choose your favorite trail for the trip.
- Check permit requirements: wild camping has a subtly different meaning depending on the destination. In some countries, it means falling in designated back-to-nature campsites with necessary facilities; in others, it refers to picking your own spot among large stretches of wilderness. After you found a trail that looks wonderful for the time of year you want to hike, before you get too enthusiastic and start brewing plans, check to see if a permit is needed. Many trails, top-rated trails in National Parks, require wilderness permits that need to be reserved months in advance. In addition, depending on where you are backpacking, your permit may have further requirements. Do your research and get advice from local information centers and national park offices.
- Pack your essentials: bring everything you require and nothing you don’t. With a lightweight pack, you can generally squeeze all primary backpacking gear into a pack weighing 40 pounds or less. Place the heaviest items in the center for balance and add lightweight items around them. Place items you need to access frequently like water, food, and maps to grab at them easily. The closest shop is likely to be miles away, so you will have to pack everything you require, including enough food. Always take enough to last an additional night in case of emergencies.
- Knock the weather with proper clothing: outdoor weather does tend to be unpredictable, especially in high-altitude areas. Weather can change from sunny to rainy, all in a matter of seconds. An easy trail can become critical in the rain and snow, and whiteouts present a critical risk if you are in the mountains, where conditions can change in a matter of minutes. With this in mind, you should be prepared for some troubles. First, you need to decide on the right clothing for the path. Wear jackets that you can easily take off as you stroll the path and not adhere to your skin. If the weather forecast shows sunny all day, choose a quick-drying base layer that will not lead to chaffing.
- Check your gear: before you head on to your hiking, make sure that you know how to use all of your gear. Erect your tent in your living room and take your backpack and hiking boots for a spin up your local hill before embarking on an overnight trip. If something doesn’t feel right, you can check it and make things right before stepping into the wilderness. For example, if your pack is the right size, but it is still giving you trouble or weighing down on your shoulders, or seriously hurting your back, you probably need to make some simple tweaks to the straps. Or perhaps you need to make some changes to the way you pack it. Don’t forget to pack a jungle bowie knife, because you will definitely need it to perform various activities. Moreover, check your hiking boots because they are the essential gear during hiking.
The bottom lines
The final step is to hit the road and enjoy your hiking trip! Know that most people experience a couple of minor accidents on their first backpacking trip but planning your trip ahead can prevent you from these troubles and make your trip more fun.