Hiking Guide-12 Important tips before going out for hiking

Trekking to Mountain

Spring arrives, the snow melts and comes the desire to do some excursion in the country. Already in the mountains and in the nature of walking enthusiasts reading this post probably do not need it (but you can always share it on bulletin boards company of friends less experienced); but if you are new to hiking, trekking in this guide to find 12 simple tips to fully enjoy all the benefits of a nice trekking in nature .

Choose an appropriate path

The information on the trails there, the local tourist sites, the tour guides and the maps. They are divided into tourist (marked with the letter T), hiking (And for hikers, EE for experienced hikers) and equipped (EEA); you are a beginner it is better not to face anything more challenging than a tourist route.

Starting with a more experienced friend

Hiking with who is already accustomed to walk on trails and mountains is not just a matter of keep each other company, but also a simple, fast and enjoyable way to gain experience.

Dress in layers with technical leaders

Especially in the mountains (and not only at high altitude), the weather is changeable: better to start with technical clothing, dressing in layers, removing and putting what you need in case of rain, cold, heat or excessive sweating. In any case, better to avoid cotton , breathable garments because they prefer walking in the mountains the body temperature rises and you sweat, and always have a chief anti rain.

Use specific shoes for hiking

Walking in nature means having to do with rocks, stones, slippery or slippery ground, puddles, rivers and more. Starting with a pair of sneakers sneakers is fairly contraindicated much as buying a pair of boots to climb Everest to go to the hill. Depending on where you plan to go, hiking boots should have certain characteristics: here the guide to the choice of shoes to go walking in the mountains .

Always carry a backpack

It is used to store clothes that are removed along the way; for water and food; for personal belongings; to guides, maps and anything else: a backpack is the faithful companion of any hiker. To choose it, check first of all that it is convenient, comfortable, ventilated, waterproof and large enough. If then there are pockets and pockets at hand the better.

> Read also: Best Day hiking backpack

Leave at home all superfluous

This depends a lot from the experience, through which you get to understand what is really needed and what is useless. But generally less is better and starting light is much more comfortable

Eat and drink regularly

Of course, polenta dripping melted butter and cheese to the refuge is well-deserved award. But on the way to carry and consume regularly some snacks like cereal bars , chocolate , biscuits and fruit and drink at regular intervals it is the most effective way to not have energy levels drop.

Take it slow

A trip is not a race: to fully enjoy the experience and really understand why walking in nature makes us happy is better to take the time it takes. Especially if the ‘ excursion is in the company of children .

Study the route

The tourist trails are marked and signposted, but to get an idea of the way before we left, follow him on a topographic map and maybe download some GPS track (or use the functions of a specific clock ) can avoid unpleasant situations.

Predicting the weather

You do not need to be meteorologists, just a smartphone to take a look at predictions: if it is given intense rain in a few hours it is good to know in good time, right?

Anticipating the unexpected

It seems a contradiction in terms, but it is not: tell someone (friends, family, colleagues) of where you intend to go and estimated time it will take is useful to call for help in case of true unexpected. Otherwise there are useful apps such as the CAI and the Mountain Rescue: Geo RESQ .

Carry a small survival kit

This is not starting with a pack suitable crossing the Sahara, but a multipurpose boxcutter and a whistle to call rescue and care in case of falls or injuries can be no doubt useful (here tips for the perfect survival kit Mauro Prosperi ). And in the case is expected to go beyond the 2500 meters better even predict the consequences of altitude sickness .