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How To Prepare For A Long Hike

Hiking continues to be one of America’s favorite pastimes as statistics show that 47.2 million people went hiking or backpacking in 2017. If you’ve ever wanted to go on a long hike, then look no further than Colorado. It’s where you can find breath-taking vistas, spot incredible wildlife, and some of the best hiking and backpacking trails in North America. If you’re planning to go on a long hiking trip, then you need to be adequately prepared in order to stay safe and comfortable. While the risk of being injured while visiting a national park is very low, the right planning and preparation can make your hiking trip more pleasant and hassle-free. Here’s how to fully prepare for a long hike.

Do some physical training

Going on a long hike can take a toll on your body, so you need to build up your endurance and work on your strength at least a few weeks before your hiking trip. Start working out at least two months before your trip. On the first three weeks focus on building strength, then on the next three weeks, you can work on your endurance by jogging or going on short hikes. In the last few weeks, continue your endurance workouts and add high-intensity exercises to your routine.

Do some research on the trail

There’s a lot of information about there about the best hiking trails in the country, but it’s likely that you won’t get all the answers that you need from reading a guidebook. You can get in touch with the local hiking club to get more info. You should also check the weather before scheduling your hiking trip as being outdoors in extreme weather can be dangerous, especially if this is your first time to go on a long hike.

Gear up

For a long hike or day hike, you need to carry the right gear and know how to use it properly. You will need a multi-purpose tool or Swiss army knife, a map, compass, some food and water, sunblock, insect repellent, a headlamp, extra clothing and rain gear, a whistle, a first aid kit, matches, and a lighter. You can also carry a GPS and a communication device for added safety. Store all of your items in a lightweight yet durable backpack and make sure that your things are well protected in case of sudden downpours.

Let your friends and family know where you’re going

It is extremely important to let your loved ones know where you’ll be heading. Leave a copy of your hiking trip plan with a responsible person who’ll call for assistance just in case you get lost or don’t return in time. Your hiking trip plan should include your hiking route, the name and numbers of your companions, and who to contact for assistance. Sign in and out of trail registers so that rescue parties can easily search for you if you do get lost while hiking.

Being well prepared for a trip out in the wilderness can make your outdoor expedition better and more enjoyable. Follow these tips to stay safe on your hiking trip, and don’t forget to have fun while you’re out in nature.

Written By: Jocelyn Brown