How to Hike
For beginners, learning how to hike is pretty straightforward. I have guides for beginners here that will answer all your questions and make you feel confident about your next hiking adventure.
One of the things I love about hiking is that there’s always something new to learn. There are advanced hiking skills, navigation skills, wildlife spotting, geology, etc. Every piece that I learn makes my hikes more fun and deepens my connection with nature.
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Taking the NOLS wilderness first aid class is one of the best investments you can make. It’ll take a weekend of your time, and in return you’ll learn how to potentially save lives in the wilderness. You can take the class at most REI locations. The format is very hands on, and you get to meet and learn with other outdoors folks. I highly recommend the class; here’s what to expect.
One of my most asked questions is “do I have to worry about mountain lions when I hike?” The answer is no and yes. 99.99999% of the time, mountain lions keep their distance from humans and avoid hikers. But it makes sense to be aware of them and their behavior, and be prepared for anything that could occur.
Trekking poles are standard equipment for many experienced hikers – but do you really need them? The answer is maybe—there’s only a couple conditions that I use hiking poles under. Here’s how you should determine whether you need trekking poles or not.
Hiking for beginners can be intimidating, but there’s really not much to it. You don’t need any special skills to hike; you just have to be able to walk and know where you are. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in nature, get a good workout in, and recharge your batteries. This guide will give you some essential hiking for beginners tips to make your hike safe and fun.
Creating a hike and sending it to your Garmin GPS is easy when you pay Garmin for their maps, but not as obvious when you want to use the many free map options out there. The process is pretty straightforward, although not promoted by Garmin. Here’s how to plan a hiking route and track, and then send it to your Garmin GPS and navigate with it.
Blisters are probably the most common hiking injury out there, and I’ve suffered from them many times myself. If you want to prevent hiking blisters, try these insider tricks and tips that I’ve picked up over the years. I haven’t had a blister since. To cut to the chase, you get blisters from chafing, heat, and moisture. Any or all of these factors can work together to cause blisters. All of these blister prevention tips are aimed at avoiding those conditions.
As a hiker, runner, and walker, I have struggled with plantar fasciitis many times over the years. The traditional advice wasn’t working for me. And “not walking” for a few months is just not practical in any way. So I went beyond the traditional treatment and wisdom and started exploring alternatives. And the good news is that I finally cured my plantar fasciitis. I haven’t had plantar fasciitis in years after following the guidelines in this article.
New hikers often ask me if they need hiking boots. You don’t, in fact, there might be better choices for you. I’ve hiked in boots, hiking shoes, a pair of hiking sandals, and sometimes barefoot. This is what I found out after a journey of a million blisters.
Mountain hiking embodies what hiking is all about: breathtaking views, fresh air, and a good workout. Here’s you’re guide on how to hike the mountains safely.