Trekking, 8 Recommendations to get started.
On this post we want to help you have the basic information to start hiking with these 8 tips. They are designed summers' time, if your intention is to do routes in winter, you will have to adapt your equipment and planning of the excursion for a cold climate and with possibilities of snow, if the itinerary is in height. Go for it.
PREPARE YOUR ROUTE
It is important that before leaving you are clear about the following information about the route you are going to take: schedules, meteorology for that day, mileage, unevenness of the itinerary, if you find water or a place for supplies (refuge, bar, etc.), nearby roads in case you have to finish earlier than planned.
Currently many of these data can be found online and in the hiking guides that are published on paper, the latter are really useful if you don't know the area.
On your first excursions choose a short route without too much unevenness, that suits your experience. With practice and successive outings you will be able to increase the duration and unevenness of the itineraries to be carried out.
It is one of the most important parts to take into account when preparing our excursion, an unexpected weather change can take us from a great day to a difficult day. Currently meteorological services with little variation guess right time we will have a specific day, it is important to look at these services as close to our departure date, since predictions are more accurate.
The local weather pages are very interesting too, since they give us a very specific forecast of the weather in the place.
Choose comfortable shoes, weighing no, to protect a minimum of water and hold us foot lateral torsion.
Hiking boots or trail running shoes are ideal, since they are designed to walk on uneven terrain.
You have to keep in mind that if you just buy them can make any blisters, this can fix it before softening boots with short walks.
Having some good specific socks for walking helps a lot to not have those annoying blisters. I tried them on the road to Santiago, since I started the excursion with totally new sports shoes and the result was spectacular, not a single vial all the way. Currently on the market we find wonders in both footwear and socks for hiking.
As you can assume does not have to be an experienced mountaineer to understand that we should wear comfortable clothes, wide, light and protects us from the cold, wind and rain.
When we choose our clothes to take into account the type of excursion we will make and the time of year. Surely it is not the same to go to the mountains in summer than in the middle of January.
The theory of the three layers tells us there to take: a breathable garment, a garment that keeps the heat and pledge to protect us from wind and water.
The breathable garment lets go outside our sweat and dry quickly, avoid feeling cold. synthetics, non-cotton.
The second layer is the one that maintains the heat of our body and even with cold temperatures we stay warm. Fleece garment style.
The third layer protects us from the wind, snow and water. Jacket breathable membrane is ideal.
Pants, As with the garments of the upper part of the body, depending on the season we will have to use two layers; socks and pants.
Both you intend to make a short or long hike carrying a small backpack is necessary.
The size of this will adapt to the itinerary you have prepared, It is not the same as making a trip 3 hours of 3 days charter trip.
In all cases we have to carry a minimum of equipment: Excursion guide book (example), Map, phone, water, something to eat, states, a flashlight, a small kit (bandaids, some sale, etc.), thermal blanket, a garment to protect us from the rain or wind, Cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Try not to carry unnecessary items, as it will make your backpack too heavy.
Currently the use of hiking poles is very popular, since they help us among other things in our movement and balance. I leave you a link to an article where you will find all the benefits of usinghiking poles.
Cameras & ELECTRONIC DEVICES
If you bring a camera, phone, GPS or any electronic item you have to think about the case during our tour started to rain, or we had to traverse a zone with water, River, creek. Always carry a bag, plastic bag or any element which can keep and protect water.
CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Why did we consider hiking?
I suppose there are countless reasons but I think that one in common of all hikers and people who go to the mountains is that we enter a natural space, where the hand of man has not made great changes, and we have the opportunity to admire and enjoy nature.
This is possible by visiting these spaces do not alter anything they own.
How do we get?
Following some very easy and logical rules. · Leave nothing of what we carry, cans, papers, butts, general trash.
We not disturb the fauna, admire his behavior but do not change or interfere with him. Respect flora, do not cut or take flowers that you may throw away before you get home, since they will not hold the trip. Don't use trees as a blackboard to show your love carving in their trunks, Names, hearts, etc.· Do not make fire in prohibited areas, It is one of the biggest causes of fires in our forests.
I hope that these recommendations to start hiking are useful and allow you to enjoy routes and paths through the mountains..