Hiking is an activity that has a lot of value to a great many people. Aside from a little gas money to get you to your hiking spot, it’s free! It gets you out into nature and enables you to fully ‘take it all in’. Nature’s sounds, smells, and scenery become a whole new experience when you’re out on foot instead of simply driving through the country-side. Exploring mountains, creeks, rivers, lakes, open fields…it’s a whole new level of amazing when you’re taking your time and enjoying every step you take. However, despite all of the benefits, it’s still necessary to be prepared. Hiking in remote areas can result in being lost if you’re not careful. Injuries can result from lack of caution shown or simply unfortunate circumstances. Weather pattern changes, gear failure and other things can occur which can turn your hiking experience into a nightmare in very short order. Always ensure that you have adequate gear and supplies. Most proper gear is perfectly manageable in a hiking backpack that will still be reasonable weight and easy to carry with you. It’s worth while to plan for the worst case scenarios to ensure your safety while out in nature. Nature can be unpredictable, but if you prepare for her occasional mood swings, you’ll always have a great experience.
There are a few rules that everyone should remember when deciding to embark on a hiking adventure:
1.) Always inform close family/friends of where you plan to go and when you plan to be back.
2.) Bring a cellular phone. Even if it’s not getting reception in most areas that you go, you’ll never know if you might get lucky when you most need it.
3.) Bring a first-aid kit.
4.) Bring more water than you think you’ll actually need.
5.) Bring rain-gear. Weather pattern shifts can change rapidly.
6.) Bring a map of the area you’re hiking, if/when possible.
7.) Bring a whistle and a flare gun if possible, when hiking in truly remote regions.
8.) Bring a method of starting a fire, in the event you are lost and stuck outside overnight.