Getting Started / 101

Get Ready for Your First Time

  • Find a pair of Hiking shoes/boots that fit you perfectly, it is important to be comfortable in your shoes.
  • Comfortable pairs of socks are also important, it is recommended to have two pairs; thin moisture wicking liner socks, and thicker outer socks with padding in the heel area. This avoids wear on the feet causing blisters.
  • Carry only what you need for the first few Hikes, this will help your spine and back muscles gradually strengthen. Water and food are always important.
  • Hike in a group, preferably with others that are willing to Hike at the same level as you.
  • Pay attention to your body signals, all too often people become dehydrated or burned out.

Tips

Please take your time to build your level of expertise; hiking can be either leisurely experiences or demanding ones. It really depends on your level and what kind of trail you plan on trekking. Hiking is all about building core strength, and it is imperative to have Hiking equipment and gear that suits you, this will allow you to stay out longer and be more efficient in your hike.

Beginner Checklist

  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Food, energy snacks such as fruit and energy bars work well
  • Backpack
  • Comfortable socks
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunblock
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellant