No matter where we travel, from the hollers of Kentucky, the Sierras, and even the Rockies, we see fellow hikers making the same errors. Hiking is supposed to be an escape into another world. Free from everyday worries and concerns. Lets not turn this magical event into a disaster waiting to happen! We’ve narrowed it down to the 3 most common errors we see fellow hikers making. This is for all the nature lovers, adventure seekers, and the weekend warriors out there.
I cannot even begin to count the times I have personally watched men and women hiking over a snow covered mountain in beach flip flops. Seriously, proper footwear is an essential part of your gear. Having the right shoes, boots, or aggressive sandals can mean the difference between making it to the summit or getting frost bitten toes. Just because its warm, dry, and sunny at the trailhead does not mean it’ll remain so as you gain elevation. So repeat after me, “I WILL leave the flops in the car’. This brings us to the next error!
Yes, I understand that some people DO wear shorts and a tee during winter. At least pack a “just in case” bag to bring along! We all know that weather at high altitudes has a tendency to change on a dime. One minute bright and sunny. The next minute you’re caught in the middle of a hail storm. This happened on our last trip to Glacier. The right clothing can provide comfort and protection from the elements on all of your adventures. If you’re not sure, pack a bag just in case. Repeat after me, “I WILL pack a jacket and extra pair of socks, just in case”. Speaking of the elements brings us to error number 3!
Again I cannot stress this enough. BRING WATER! Guys and gals its not rocket science. Hiking is a very strenuous activity, especially over a long duration of time. You will get thirsty. Theres even a chance the you will get VERY thirsty. It is not recommended that you drink from any open water sources, lakes or streams, unless its life or death. Dehydration will not only take its toll on your physical performance, but your ability to make clear and conscience decisions. The general rule is to bring AT LEAST 2 cups of water per every 1 hour of hiking. Of course there are a lot of other factors to consider; weather, clothing, level of fitness, etc. So there you have it. Three very easy and simple rules to follow. Make your next adventure not just memorable, but safe!
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