Are your feet the kind that enjoys taking you to mysterious places in the great outdoors? Many people are either true true hikers or just trolling about on the internet looking for ways to run away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Know which type you are and read on.
If you like easy. And I mean really easy. You’ve probably watched the travel channel and know that planes fly very low over the Grand Canyon. Well, they are not really low, but at sunrise and just before sunset they can be. And on the other hand, sunrise and sunset are low over the Alps. Think about south facing and then backwards.
If you are on a tropical island you might not be able to see the sun naked majestically over the horizon.Travelling as light as you can is the key. Water and food I make light of as well. So do your research and plan your routeShuttle, train or have a car full of food and water.
The best preparation for hiking is lodging during your trip. Choose accommodation that has a walk, bike, boat or something else to offer.
Most of the time it’s not about clothes, lets face it we all need to change our clothes at some point in the day. But let’s talk about sleeping.
I’ve spent many years camping and hiking in the wilderness and in my opinion the most important items are three words: Good Fits.
You want to be comfortable. I mean if you are going to be doing some involving in backpacking you need to buy boots and backpack. I would recommend a bag as big as you can get it. You are going to be carrying this for miles and miles. You want to be comfortable.
I’d also recommend a pad between your sleeping bag and the ground.
Climbing, biking, walking, whatever you do and whatever you wear is extremely important. Your clothes can be a quick fix but you still want to look good.
The type of clothing you bring needs to fit your trip.
Warm sunny days are the best times for hiking. In the mountains you have great weather and always nice weather. In the desert when it is wet and cold.
Now, lets take a look at what clothes you need. A light shell jacket is great for where ever you are. Always nice to have a shell jacket with you. However, when you look further into your jacket you are going to find other layers of clothing.
Your pants are going to be your 3 layer fleece type fabric. The inner layer should be one of these: A incredibly popular fabric is “gritty” and it is. Also, I like to call it my “layers”.
With that being said, lets’ talk about what I call your base layer. Your base layer is most likely your underwear. This is what will be exposed if you are a non-shaven base layer hiker. I am assuming you aren’t shaving, cutting or wearing a base layer. If you are doing those three things your base layer forages for moisture and body heat.
Your base layer needs to be a nice solid fabric and 3-4 layers of sizing. If you like to go bare foot, maybe 2 pairs of socks and a pair of underwear.
Your mid layer should be your thermals, fleece or pile. They are 3 layers solid and usually a distance away from your skin. I like to give them a blanket feel with a soft felt or same material. So far so good right? Well, the thermals and fleece is for the base layer. The mid layer you want to avoid. Its your yearly hiking requirement to keep your body temperature on track.
The bulkier garments for a mid layer are wool and fleece. Both of which weave in and out of very small holes which help keep your body heat in and keep out water.
The rest of your clothing can be classified into three layers. The insulating layer, the base layer and the exciting/friendly/tasty layer.
In an effort to keep this advice short and sweet. I have only included items that I have personally used. So, as you can see, it is not a complicated structure. Once you find your favourite t-shirt and jogging pants, just make sure you wear them.