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5 Tips for Beginning Day Hikers. 1. KNOW YOUR HIKING FITNESS LEVEL. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, it’s important to choose a trail within your current 2. BRING THE ESSENTIALS. Outside of ultra-marathoners, a big difference between running and hiking. Day hiking takes practice and conditioning if you want to build up to more strenuous and challenging hikes.

Try hiking at least once a week at a local park, either by yourself or as part of a group. You’ll develop your footwork skills, get practice planning hikes, test out new gear, and build up your physical endurance. 5 Tips For Beginning Hikers I learned all of these in one day.

Jessica Fuqua. Apr 26, 2016. Columbus, GA.

11 Jessica Fuqua My best friend and I are actively travelling. This Remember to drink water the day before and bring plenty with you. 2. Take a snack with you. These tips for beginning hikers will help you to hit the trail with confidence and to feel good about hiking for the first time. This is a guest post from Guadalupe Camañ.

She is based in Argentina and knows everything about hiking in South America. Machu Picchu is her next stop. The current COVID-19 pandemic has shaken us all up and it isn. Select a hike a little shorter than the distance you can normally walk on a level or paved surface. To estimate the time required to hike the trail, figure a pace of roughly 2-miles per hour.

Next, review the elevation changes and add an hour to your estimated hiking time for every 1000 feet of gain. Wilderness Backpacking 101: Beginner’s Tips for Planning a Backpacking Trip Road Trips. Car Camping 101: Beginner’s Tips for Finding Campsites, Gear, Cooking & More A hiking day pack will have a supportive hipbelt that will transfer the weight off your shoulders onto your much-stronger hips.

A hiking daypack will usually also have a. Food and Water. As a beginner hiker, it can be tough to know how much food and water you need, A good general recommendation for how much to eat is 200–300 calories per hour. For water intake, about a half liter per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures is a good starting place.

Tips For Beginning Day Hikers. Tips For Beginning Day Hikers Fitness. Whether you are a runner, walker, or a cyclist, getting into hiking can be a great way to mix things up and keep your workout routine from getting stale. It is also low-impact, great for building lower-body strength and can help lower overall stress levels.

So, if you are. TIPS FOR BEGINNER DAY HIKERS / Hiking Basics 101 Going on a hike for the first time can seem overwhelming. I’m here to make things a little easier for you wi. Before you go for a day on the trail, check the weather.

If you need to, it is important to layer your clothing. If you leave early in the morning, most likely it will get hotter later in the day. You want to dress warmly at first and take off a layer or two in the afternoon.

List of related literature:

A day hike requires minimal survival gear: extra food, a signal mirror, whistle, and warm clothing.

“Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness” by The Editors of Stackpole Books
from Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness
by The Editors of Stackpole Books
Running Press, 2012

I know you’re all experienced hikers, but it’s always worth repeating the rules of the trail since they’re so important.

“IELTS Superpack” by Lin Lougheed
from IELTS Superpack
by Lin Lougheed
Barrons Educational Series, 2019

Remember that you’re entering the domain of wild and sometimes dangerous animals, so be alert and don’t hike alone.

“Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West” by Fodor's Travel Guides
from Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West
by Fodor’s Travel Guides
Fodor’s Travel, 2016

Make sure you have proper footwear, hiking gear, food and water, and emergency supplies and provisions, and never hike in heavy rains or go far in groups of fewer than four.

“Fodor's Essential Greece: with the Best Islands” by Fodor's Travel Guides
from Fodor’s Essential Greece: with the Best Islands
by Fodor’s Travel Guides
Fodor’s Travel, 2018

Bring a topographical map and a compass whenever hiking crosscountry, and know how to use them – a mistake out here can be deadly.

“Lonely Planet Southwest USA” by Lonely Planet, Hugh McNaughtan, Carolyn McCarthy, Christopher Pitts, Benedict Walker
from Lonely Planet Southwest USA
by Lonely Planet, Hugh McNaughtan, et. al.
Lonely Planet Global Limited, 2018

Bring water, pace yourself, take breaks when you need them, and—this is important—move aside for faster hikers and those who are descending.

“Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond” by Andrew Doughty, Leona Boyd
from Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond
by Andrew Doughty, Leona Boyd
Wizard Publications, Incorporated, 2018

Don’t hike without a guide at night.

“Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands” by Lonely Planet, Mara Vorhees, Paul Clammer, Alex Egerton, Anna Kaminski, Catherine Le Nevez, Tom Masters, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin Raub, Brendan Sainsbury, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Polly Thomas, Luke Waterson, Karla Zimmerman, Ashley Harrell, Hugh McNaughtan, Liza Prado
from Lonely Planet Caribbean Islands
by Lonely Planet, Mara Vorhees, et. al.
Lonely Planet Global Limited, 2017

As for difficulty, I wanted this guide to be accessible to more than just the hardcore hiker, and while few of the hikes in this guide are what could universally be considered “easy,” most are accessible to anyone in decent shape, with the proper patience and planning.

“America's Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States” by Derek Dellinger
from America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States
by Derek Dellinger
Countryman Press, 2019

Use sunscreen, and always bring snacks and water—I recommend at least a liter per person for every trail in this book.

“Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide” by Casey Schreiner
from Discovering Griffith Park: A Local’s Guide
by Casey Schreiner
Mountaineers Books, 2020

Hikers should carry plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and stay on marked trails.

“Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks” by Michael Joseph Oswald, Derek Pankratz
from Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks
by Michael Joseph Oswald, Derek Pankratz
Stone Road Press, 2017

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  • Do you or someone you know have any tips for hiking and backpacking with kids?? My 9 year old wants to go with me. I’m just beginning myself and I’m trying to research everything.

  • Hike your own hike..over done but there’s a reason for that a lot of this built around your personal goals or needs love the channel don’t get it wrong but you got heaping helping of assumptions here

  • Not so much my mistake as my parents mistake but when I was 11 or 12 my parents took me on a hike that ended up being 11 miles, I was wearing good tennis shoes and it was flat but man I was so put off my the whole experience I never wanted to camp ever again. I’m only just now getting interested in it again

  • Hi Jeremy I was able to get out to Georgia on the AT. I hiked to woody Gap. I ❤️ it. So my rookie mistake was that it was down pouring when I was packing out. I had a heavy duty compact liner for the backpack which worked out. My backpack was the 3F UL XPAC. So it was water resistant. My tent was so drenched and my sleeping bag I shoved in a water resistant compression sack. Bye the way I thought it was waterproof. So when I packed up I should have placed my tent in between the trash liner, nope I placed it right against my lovely enlightenment equipment quilt, guess what it was pretty wet. What a rookie! Amateur hour for sure. Thank god when I got to the shelter I hung it out and it was breezy and dried it out just in time for nighty night.

  • Well, I think that the ibuprofen is kinda important…
    Edit: Of course if there’s something with similar abilities and is smaller then don’t:)

  • My mistake was to not bring water, but then again over 70% of the water in the Swedish woods is clean enough to drinks so it wasn’t a big deal.

  • I love this channel! I’m 14 and my family loves to hike/camp and this was so funny and helpful! This is only the second video I’ve watched and I can’t wait to see more!

  • Great video…One of my biggest mistakes as I brought two of everything in case the first one didn’t work like two stoves two sleeping pads extra blanket case I get cold 40 pounds later I learn quickly

  • I’ve been doing this since 1993 and I still overpack food. How do people get to the car with no extra food and no missed meals? In 26 years I still haven’t learned.

  • My biggest mistake was wearing blue jeans up on a mountain hike, I could not hardly lift my legs when I got sweaty, they stuck to my legs, now I have both KÜHL and prAna and wow, what a difference, will never go back.

  • Awesome channel Amanda! I’m a beginner planning to travel and hike around the west coast. It’s a little intimidating to go solo but I figure once I get the hang of it it will be a blast. Keep up the great work.

  • For a thru hike I spent over a year planning and gram counting my way to a pinnacle of ultralight….. and then I started out with WAY too much food. Totally defeated the ultralight purpose! ��.

    I also started out with minimalist sandals. I had been toughening my feet barefoot running for a couple of years. The sandals had Velcro straps and the first few days were muddy up to the calves and clogged the Velcro and they wouldnt stay closed, then little stones in the rivers and roads, then with the added weight even though ultralight together with long hours I started to get a stress fracture so thank goodness for the added cush of Altra Lone Peaks, Superiors or Timps!

  • Man. where to start?:)) My first serious backpacking 6-day trip was a joke, I don’t know how we survived. I carried around 55 pounds, another guy even more and a girl around 45. We had TWO 3 person tents, just in case something happens with one of them (both were awful with fiberglass poles which would have collapsed in any decent storm and we were camping above 6500 feet altitude constantly). The only proper gear I purchased for that trip were my boots (that I’ve later used to climb all 13 peaks in the country above 8200 feet AND the highest peak of Austria at 12450 feet before finally finishing them off) and the 80 liter backpack which I still use (and may have to finally replace soon after 11 years of intense use due to some tears). Outside of those, I was wearing cotton socks, cotton t-shirts. huge jackets and a lot of my dad’s clothes.

  • I wore steel toe boots for years. I like wearing safety toed moccasins now. If you can wear shoes instead of boots, do. More comfortable.

  • Those really good tips….I also created hiking video Alone please check it and let me know.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2lDQMKbVsE

  • Best advice I ever had for my first hike was to walk a couple of miles fully packed around my neighborhood. It was unbelievable how much stuff I didn’t need after all…

  • Awesome vid, though I’d say a hatchet/axe is arguably justifiable. Though if your backpacking a “TRAIL” I suppose it would not be a nessecity, though for us bushcraft enthusiasts, pioneering our own path, a tool such as an axe or hatchet is mandatory.

  • Love thisit’s very respectful to new backpackers and has great info. I made 3 of the 5 mistakes myself and learned the hard way:)

  • Hello lovers of hiking I share a good plan with you, because I was satisfied myself:

  • I practice bushcrafting and I’ve been prepping for a while. I know my common trees in my area, that area being a span of 500 miles. My pack weighs 38 lbs and has enough to sustain two people for however long it needs to, my only issue could be running out of first aid supplies or ammunition, but my lady friend also has redundancy regarding first aid in her pack and we aren’t confrontational people except with each other ��������. I try to keep with the land and use that before touching my pack when it comes to things like food and medicine. As long as you wear your pack regularly and practice moving with it, I don’t see the issue. Having the capability to keep a light jog with your pack is extremely important, also maintaining a 20-30 second sprint is incredibly important. Be warned however: If your pack does not have a chest buckle and/or waist buckle, I do not recommend going over 25lbs, it’ll tear your shoulders up. Be safe out there especially in these uncertain times!

  • Really important to learn from those who have gone before you. You simply don’t have enough time to make all the mistakes yourself.

  • I think one of my biggest rookie mistakes was to go out hiking and not allowing enough time to realistically complete the distance. An example: I set out on a loop hike that I planned 4 hours for and needed to get back to my vehicle before dark…..oops 5 hours later and no headlamp taught me to plan better.

  • Great video. Very funny for the second explination. So I always go into the woods with essential gear as well. I do not however cover water and food…. as these are a necessity in the woods. I think you should have a sleep system and cook set in part of your essentials.

  • For my six years living here in The Rockies, I must admit that the act of looking at other people’s bags and thinking, “That’s not good,” is pretty much a daily thing.:-/

  • I love over-planning and getting all the numbers right. Please don’t take that from me ��. Most of hikers especially thru hikers I have known are perfectionists and very disciplined, which is good as being reckless can have a much higher cost.

  • video idea what are your favourite hiking/climbing/camping movies? into the wild… 127 hours… any others we should watch for inspiration?:) (and education maybe)

  • Don’t know if this is considered a gear question but, what is the brand of the sweater you are wearing in this video. Looks like Patagonia but no tag. Tks very much. Very nice sweater.

  • Great video. Like the good effort in Tri-pod setups and scenery. Subscribed to your channel. Check out our small and growing hiking and camping Youtube channel and subscribe. Thanks again.

  • Great advice. I’ve backpacked more years than I care to count, I can identify with all you said. I do wear heavy Asolo boots but this is for two reasons. The biggest is to make my bad knees happy. The other reason is I have found for me that when I’m tired my gait changes and I develop blisters particularly in my toes. Wearing these boots I just rarely have that problem. Plenty of people are just happy in trail hikers though.

  • Good information. I love to hike and camp. I am from and live in Kentucky and also have a start up wilderness survival and bushcraft channel. Just started subbing you!

  • Getting a single skin 5 pounds 7 dollar tent off eBay and camping in rain. It collapsed on my face and filled with water. Need 2 layer skin tent. Eurohike Tamar’s are good.

  • The biggest mistake I’ve made backpacking? Trusting the weather forecast! I once went on a trip where it was supposed to be highs in the 60s and lows in the mid-40s with clear skies. The first night there were 60mph wind gusts and an unexpected ice storm. That was the first (and luckily only) time I’ve ever had to get up and do push-ups and the sort just to try to stay warm. Let’s just say I’ve learned a thing or two since that trip ������

  • On your number 1 tip to let others know where you are going, the Cairn app makes this really easy and they can even follow your track.

  • Thanks for the vid! I’m wanting to get into hiking, but I have so many questions! I grew up walking around the woods, but I’ve never gone “hiking” before. I signed up for a group hike that was going to be 5-6 hours up and down steep hills, etc. One of the members canceled saying it looked too intense. I checked her profile and she looked totally hardcore, so I canceled too. Hey, you gotta start somewhere right? So here I am watching these beginner guides and pondering where to start. Really appreciate your channel, subbed.

  • The most important things you MUST have in your possession,
    1. A gun
    2. A GPS
    3. A transponder
    4. A mobile (if possible, a satelite connection)
    5. A good and strong knife for all purposes
    6. A companiom, even if it is only a dog.
    DONT GO into the woods alone. Even if you are a strong, fit and agile young man. Never.
    Thousands of people have vanished in the woods around the planet. Don’t make the life of any criminal that easy.
    Be always prepared. ��
    God bless you.

  • I have trouble carrying five pounds on my back due to my back issues:p. Maybe my strain will heal one day and I can try back packing

  • My daughter and I are going on our first hiking adventure in Ontario Canada and we are binge watching vids. THANK YOU! We adore you and your content.

  • Replace the first aid manual with an app on your phone. Save a couple of ounces.
    And an extra pair of socks is a must there is nothing like the feeling of a clean pair halfway through the day.

  • Hi, super nice video! you make the vibe graspable that you connect with while out hiking. I like your relaxed but thorough way of talking things through, not overexcited and stress-inducing like some other youtubers..

    btw, that’s a super nice fleece! what brand and model is it?

  • I’d keep those matches and anything that’s not supposed to get in a hard case waterproof container. Maybe add a satellite phone if possible

  • You lost me at the life straw lol, here is why. You have no way of cleaning the membrane of the filter and that greats a pool for bacteria and such to grow. There for rendering the fast water filter useless. Also some people I know that’s use this on trips just got Giardia. I have tested and used the sawyer for my natural disaster bag and it has yet to get me sick and iv had it for 5 years now. Just throughing that out there for ya.

  • Those really good tips….I also created hiking video Alone please check it and let me know.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2lDQMKbVsE

  • Listen, this video, it’s all coool and all… but hey, I started hiking with zero gear, just some good shoes… did a 100km “dodentocht” here in Belgium after half a year when I started hiking.

    All this gear is unneccesary, yes your feet will hurt, yes there wille be pain… but you don’t need al this stuff. You just need to get your head straight and train a bit. No need for fancy stuff. People have been hiking for hundreds of years without stuff.

  • I hike 8 to 10+ miles most every evening after I eat. My hikes start after 5:30pm. I always take a headlight and always use trekking poles. I carry one litre of water to drink at the halfway point but have hydrated through the day beforehand. I have fairly good shoes and in 3 months I have worn small holes on the inside (medial) portion of each. I have a very good lean balanced diet. I have lost around 25 lbs o fat but have also gained about 10 lbs of lean muscle replacing a portion of that weight. I feel much healthier and stronger since I started. The hills available are low and infrequent. So I hike at a rapid rate to get the required exercise. I love hiking.

  • Hi Amanda, I just subscribed to your channel! I haven’t been hiking since I moved to Southern California from the beautifully wooded East Coast…so quite honestly, not knowing much about the wildlife and deserts, I’m being very cautious before I go out on my first real day hike. It seems like a completely different planet out here. I look forward to watching your videos and greatly appreciate the time you have spent making them.

    Happy Trails,

  • Avoid abbreviations. Beginners may not know what you are referring to when you use abbreviations such as AT and PCT. You did mention AT for Appalachian Trail.

  • Great video! One thing I learned early on was to do my research before going out. It helps with the biting off more than you can chew.

  • Great video Jeremiah! I made a ton of mistakes on my 1st backpacking trip. 1. I didn’t use orthotics…my feet were killing. 2. I started hiking in late…the trail was longer than the map stated 3. My pack weight was about 30 pounds for an overnight trip in August. I definitely learned from these mistakes!

  • So personally, i just started doing small trails in the town i live in, and i have to admit when you mentioned a trip from Mexico To Canada? My mind was blown. that seems like such an unreachable task to me right now. I must admit however it sounds amazing.

  • Back in ’68 I won this all expense paid vacation to a scenic tropical paradise, with swaying palm trees, beautiful women, etc. They neglected to tell me those women were “IN” those palm trees shooting at me. Then I was given a free fully supported backpacking trip all over that country. Sure enough a helicopter came once a week with dehydrated food, except during monsoons, then we had to eat nuts roots, berries and bugs. After about a year, only 6 of the original 120 who started the hike hadn’t dropped out for one reason or the other. I had free air fare home too. I was never so glad to see a vacation be over in my life.

  • 5:30 I’m not going to go into a whole video preaching why I use trail runners…. Youtube card pops up for a video “why I switched from boots to trail runners”. Hahahaha

  • I’ve been away (hiking and camping) but a friend saw my earlier post on this topic. The question he put to me was essentially, what are MY “10 Essentials”? (Not “to start”, but to be reasonably safe on a DAY hike). Here they are:

    1Survival kit (carry on your belt, NEVER in a pack. Already contains: Mylar bivy, UCO Titan stormproof matches, lighter, compass, reflector, knife, eyeshade sunglasses, basic first-aid items, whistle, Micro-Maglite and 3 AAA batteries, water treatment pills, bouillon cubes, and MUCH more!)
    2Smartphone (in a waterproof, shockproof case with a spare battery or battery bank)
    3Appropriate clothing (PLUS rain AND thermal layers)
    4Water for the day/duration (may include a water filter)
    5Area topographic map (KNOW how to use a map and compass!)
    6Ultralight inflatable sleeping pad (i.e. Thermarest short “head-to-hip”, or Big Agnes AXL full “head-to-heel”)
    7Fix-It kit (or “ditty bag”, i.e. sewing, patching, etc. miscellaneous items, possibly depending on where you’re at or what you’re doing, etc.)
    8Essential prescription/s (i.e. eyeglasses, medication, etc.)
    9Emergency Personal Locator Beacon (day hikers NEED this kind of help!)
    10Food for the day/duration (OR an emergency food bar, like Mayday, or two)

    You may notice a PROPERLY assembled survival kit ALREADY has many of the “essentials” most people like to list. Also, remember most victims are rescued within 10 to 24 hours after a report to Search and Rescue, virtually ALL are rescued well within 3 days, so the survival kit should be assembled with that in mind.

    Any questions?

  • This is exactly what new hikers need to see! GREAT stuff! Its always special getting someone out for a first hike, and seeing that love for it start to manifest in someone else:)

  • A other great video. Thank you!!!

    My mistake was looking for a camp spot the moment we where realy tired and needed one. At that moment is was for 45 (!) Minutes until we fond a spot. This was my first backpack day and it set the thone of the rest of the days. Never make that mistake again!

  • For everyone watching, bring an Ifak also. It’d do everyone well to get into bushcrafting, learning the woods and foliage in your area. My hiking bag is actually a bugout bag along with a bushcrafting kit meant to sustain two people for as long as I need it to, I’d say up to a few months in the wild. My lady has her own, so we technically have 3. Another good tip is redundancy, 1 is none, 2 is 1, 3 is 2, etc.
    I’d be happy to share everything I keep in my pack and the pack itself. Currently my pack weight is 38 lbs with waist and hip straps to alleviate exhaustion on the shoulders and upper body. The biggest and most important tip I think is, take your pack out, find some local trails. Walk a few miles with your pack and adjust to the weight. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be amazed at how much less of a burden it is. Make sure you can keep a light jog and/or a sprint with your pack, practicing this is worth it’s weight in gold. Happy trekking, and please stay safe in these uncertain times!

  • I’m an emergency preparedness/survival instructor. I have a few MINOR differences of opinion with you, but no real criticisms. In fact I APPLAUD you for making this video! I’m prior Air Force, and today I serve as the Safety / Disaster Response Officer for my Church.
    ONE item I WILL respectfully disagree with you on is the Life Straw. They have some serious flaws-Do a Google search and you’ll see where my concerns stem from. Personally, I use a Sawyer Mini for my Water needs. You can use it AS a Life Straw if needed. And the Sawyer Mini is rated for 100,000 Gallons (Though I don’t know HOW they can make that claim as I haven’t seen ANY documentation showing a Sawyer that has actually DONE it.), and you can buy extra pouches that attach to it. I also keep a Katadyn ‘Be Free’ filter in my kit as well.
    Regarding your lighting:
    GOOD IDEA reversing the one battery to prevent accidental draining. Home Depot sells the Coast Brand of Flashlights; I have two of their Head Lights, and I’m VERY happy with them. For batteries, I carry the Duracell’s. My second choice is the Energizer Batteries. I will not use ANYTHING else, as they just DON’T last! I carry TWO sets of spare batteries.
    My Pack:
    The Maxpedition Gyrfalcon. I LOVE this pack but am finding it just a TINY bit too small for my personal needs. I’m exploring ideas right now to improve the efficiency of what I pack and how its packed. If I can’t get the present system to how I want it, I’ll give the Gyrfalcon to my wife, and buy an Eberlestock, possibly a G-3 Operator.
    If you have not done so already, I HIGHLY encourage you and your family members/and friends to get their Technician Class Ham Radio Licenses. This will give you access to VHF/UHF Repeaters that you can use not only for everyday conversations, but MANY have Phone lines running from them-you can use to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF REPEATERS HAMS CAN ACCESS IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE, SO YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THIS!

  • BOOTS, WEAR BOOTS. And have a medkit on you, especially sutures, ankle wraps, and leg splints. It can suck really bad if you hurtself. And lots and lots of water. Thats it.

  • Good one Amanda although an oldy. Yeah get involved and look up. I gotta say we live in badger country and not bear country but all other tips apply. All the best. Mark

  • I’ve posted mistakes I’ve made before, but I think my biggest mistake is thinking that the next hike will be mistake-free because I’ve learned my lesson muhahaha nope! I’m sure I’ll make plenty more!

  • I am a little late to the party, but this is a great video. I am doing some research for my Pacific Crest Trail Hike and this video was useful! Thank You

  • A spare (backup) pair of shoes. I was on the Everest Base Camp trek when my expensive hiking boots lost a sole in Namche Bazaar. I am really glad it happened in the town rather than 5kms short of this, because I had no back up (I had adhesive, but this took 24hrs to fully set). Now I always pack a pair of lightweight trainers.

  • If you have a tampon on your hands and have to stop bleeding please shove it in the wound and duck tape it to stay in place. Patching that kind of wound won’t stop the bleeding

  • I’ll have you know miss that Michael Jordan came out of the womb doing a 360 degree alley-oop dunk…who assisted him? no one knows.

  • I happily drink from my streams and I’m in BC too. Water purification for most BC water is a crime. You don’t need headlamps… I give up. 😉

  • جِد صديق في الرحلة تستفيد منه يكون شخص يشاركك: نجاحاتك ، انتصاراتك ، وكل ذكرياتك ��
    الله ما أحلاه من تعبير ♥️♥️
    find a friend to share your success and victorious and all your memories ��
    oh such a butyfull expression ♥️♥️

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  • UV Protection: Here’s one area that this video totally missed the point. A smart hiker, especially if hiking in the deserts, the sun, or in a mosquito infested area will always wear long sleeve shirts and full length pants. Leaving that bare skin exposed to sunburn, cuts, or insect bites bites is akin to stupidity. Some points to consider:

    1) Most sunscreens are toxic! Would you eat the stuff? If not, why coat your largest organ, your skin, with it? Wearing short sleeves and shorts only to slather on toxic sunscreen is beyond being stupid, it’s asinine.
    2) I met some hikers from CA a couple a years hiking on a little used trail in the Gila Wilderness in NM. Their legs had multiple cuts, with some still oozing. They told me that the trail ahead was brushed over, and they were bailing out. Which would you rather scratch up, your skin or the nylon on your long pants?
    3) I recently hiked down the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon NP down to the Colorado River for a day hike. Many people were returning from their day hike down to Cedar Ridge as I was descending. Many of them, particularly young women, were in sleeveless tops and short, shorts. Most of them were sunburned to varying degrees. Apparently they did not realize that they were hiking in the desert.
    4) Two days ago I was returning from a day hike and saw four women heading up the trail, all in short sleeves. Two of them were already substantially sunburned on their bare arms. Worse, they were heading into an area where the mosquito hatch was in full force. Mosquitoes can bite through clothing, but bare skin is even easier!

    The presenter, if he was really trail smart, would have been properly attired for his video. Otherwise, he made good points. Being properly attired also applies to everyone else pictured. These people come across as amateurs. Thumbs down!

  • I was beating my phone because I thought that my phone is broken because the sound was not coming properly, but then I figured that something is wrong with the video.

  • Thank for the Great tips. Will be hiking soon so this tips will come in handy and +++ will be vloging about my hiking to one of the World most Beautiful waterfall in Mumbai. Follow���� Officially keekee

  • Buying hiking boots thinking the salesperson at REI actually knew what they were talking about. I wish I would have started watching videos before buying my first piece of camping gear. So much money wasted.

  • This was some good validation to slow down and use poles!! Some people make me feel like I just have to suffer and then eventually I’ll get better at hiking. I don’t wanna do it that way and that’s okay:)

  • I’m new to hiking and I absolutely love it so far! My 14 year old son who is autistic is my hiking buddy and it has allowed for some great bonding time. We’ve only gone on a few day trips so far and the first trial we went on, we didn’t have poles. It was absolute murder on my calves going up hill! I’m not a very active person and I’m desperately trying to change that. So far, I’ve dropped nearly 10lbs with in a week and a half and slowly getting used to it. Taking my time and going slow and taking a break when I need to as not to over exert myself.
    The last trail we went on, my calves were still a bit sore, but once I got going, they were fine. Then, after climbing up some pretty steep parts on the way to the top of the pinnacle, I took step and I felt a pop then a roll in my left calf. It was near excruciating. My poor son was so worried for me offering to help in any way he could. I sat down and assessed my leg. I may have had a Charlie horse or pulled something… I don’t know… either way, after about 10 minutes, I tried to put some weight on it. I could stand but I couldn’t flex my foot to much neither up nor down with out it being very painful in my calf. I ended up sliding down the steep end that I’d just climbed up with only my stick and my right leg, trying not to use my left leg at all. The rest of the way down, it was much less steep for most of the way. My pole was a life saver for me! It was a great crutch and allowed me to get back down the hill with out having to call for help. I know one thing, I’ll always carry a pole with me from now on!

  • I had the SAME issue with my toes hitting my boots going downhill on a steep hike yesterday. The boots fit fine, but it didn’t even occur to me that they were tied too loose which was almost certainly the issue! Would you recommend also wearing thicker socks for that issue?

  • That homemade water filter is not safe. It won’t clear out heavy metals, viruses or chemicals in the water. Buy a commercial water filter. It might seem expensive but there is no homemade substitute that works

  • My beginner backpacking mistake was not paying attention to elevation gain. I thought 5 miles would be no problem but add 2,500 feet up to that, plus a very heavy pack and we were done after 1 day. We also didn’t train properly before. I can do that kind of elevation now, but as a newbie, it was way too much. The Olympic Peninsula in WA is sublime, but you pay for it with elevation. Thanks for the great video!

  • When talking about repair stuff and tape: try to get the real good stuff, the one the military uses. It sticks to nearly everything, I once repaired my Thermarest with it, and it can act as a firestarter if you need it.

  • i have some questions: 1. how do you shave if you dont have shaving cream or warm water??? 2. how about the iodine in the air on the west coast? (dry skin) 3. what snacks do you bring?

  • I definitely overpacked when I first started. The military had a 2 is 1 and 1 is none rule. I was prepared for everything during my first few backpacking trips. Not now, just the essentials and it’s better.

  • Thank you for a well thought video that is efficient with information! So many YouTubes you have to watch 1 to 2 minutes before truly getting to content. Well done!

  • It’s so funny that you brought up poles because my boyfriend and I go on hikes and he uses poles. I always make fun of him and refuse to try them lol maybe I’ll give them a shot…

  • YOU FORGOT TO MENTION: the fact that hiking socks take up a lot of room in your boots too. Make sure your boots are large enough to accommodate both your feet and your hiking socks. YOU’RE WELCOME!

  • I have been wandering my mountains for about 3 of your lifetimes. 😉 I take very little along and never take a pack unless I’ll be out a long time. A good brimmed hat is very useful. A stick with a spike and the best boots you can afford.

    Boot fit. If you have to tighten them they don’t fit. The only part of the laces that should be at all tight is the top. Your feet will swell. 😉

  • Pretty cool job guys, but I must say I don’t agree with hack number 3, because I know cotton gets soking wet but but polyester create microplastics in the washing machines and all these plastics get into ocean and small fish eat them and they end up into the food chain… so… I am not sure what kills worse…:S a coat on, or changing t-shirt can be a good alternative, cheers guys!

  • I lost 7 min. Of my life watching this video, that gear is for hiking on the park. Really a flash light for what? Sorry it’s funny but not instructive.

  • I just got me my first thing of sunscreen never purchased it before… I use to think only certain people were supposed to wear it but now anyone can get sun damage and wrinkles from the sun.

  • Poles are soo important. Both going up and going down. I did the West Highland (Scotland) way with a friend once and following the ascent to the steepest point of the route, there was like a 5km descent which was soo hard for her bc she didn’t have poles nor the correct footwear.

  • It’s so great to see you together again guys, and thanks for the hacks and in general for this new videos. Greetings from Mexico and you have a house here whenever you need cuz “mi casa es su casa”:)

  • She mentions so much wiggle room in your toe space, but I’ve experienced that backfiring repeatedly. I wear hiking boots (bad ankle) and if for whatever reason your foot is sliding inside the boot/shoe, that extra toe space will actually cause damage after even short downgrades. I had one pair that I had to get rid of because i couldn’t get my feet to stop sliding no matter how much I tightened it. Fortunately, I was able to swap with my mom to give my feet a break until I could get a replacement.

    As an additional measure, I would say wiggle your big toe up and down. For shoes with harder material, if the height is too shallow, it will put constant pressure on the toe nail (just the same as if your toe is pressing against the end as she mentions), causing pain, bruising and fortunately that’s as far as I’ve ever gotten as I was on a short hike (3-4 hrs) and was able to retire those boots after it.

  • day hikes are great, real freedom was 3 days, then 7 days, and by then one starts to become the wilderness LOL < yea funny I know, but no fire, full stealth camping = backpack and clothing / hammock / tarp food and water bladder pack reversed to be on my chest ; I was use to 3 nights, but from 4-7 days got harder and harder by day 7,... I could have eating the backside off of a cow running LOL, night 7 back home I thanked the good Lord for my Serta perfect sleeper, and the My-Pillow guy LOL

  • This is one of the most well spoken women ive ever heard, I actually could listen to her talk about stuff unlike the forced YouTube accents of lots of women (and men too)

  • Most videos like this are garbage and don’t use examples that the presenter themselves have experienced, BUT this video was excellent and very helpful. Great cut always that really left an impression haha. Thank you!

  • Fun. Entertaining without trying too hard, while being very informative. A welcome surprise here on YouTube. Subbed and thumbed. Please considering subbing back thank you and keep up the great content! https://www.youtube.com/DoxieTV https://www.youtube.com/jeffwelchermedia

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  • My first weekend trip I wore jeans, brought steel toe work boots that were 8 years old, packed extra jeans, took a summer sleeping bag and tent (the night got down to 18 degrees, coldest I’ve ever been in my life. I wore 3 pairs of socks, a coat, and a beanie. Did I mention I packed a COAT??) got super hammered and smoked too many cigarettes, brought mostly canned food, didn’t buy a proper mess kit… I mean I could go on. But why embarrass myself further?

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  • My first backpacking trip was through Yosemite when I was about 13 years old and I remember not being hungry at all. I wasn’t well adjusted to the altitude so I mostly just felt fatigued and thirsty but my family made me eat luckily because I wouldn’t have on my own

  • Hot nature more often.. you won’t need sun screen. And don’t you know Uv is needed for good vision.. you have black out glasses!

  • Thank you for the info. your videos are a big help generally with the equipment, it cost a fortune to learn this on our own. also your so right on the boots, its even the same in industrial and construction work, everyone thinks they have to have a “work boot” and they commonly damage themselves. anyway the info. your giving is much appreciated, thank you so much!

  • My cousin and I did our 1rst mnt hiking in Norh Carolina, we hit the A.T. near mount Leconte we way over packed our bags plus we didn’t have the right gear too much cotton too much extra stuff” we had to carry those unwanted items until we came across a drop off zone, our packs were 15 lbs over..so we learned a lotta hard lessons during our 56 mile journey. Now 16 years later I want to return with the proper gear. It was one of the greatest journeys I’ve ever taken and one of the best trial and error lessons ever.

  • Packing for my first ever backpacking trip right now! Thanks for the tips! I’m a serial over packer normally, so your tips are super helpful!

  • Cotton socks, paired with boots I had bought just the day before, resulted in blisters about 7km into my first “proper” hike. Now I wear synthetic socks and trail runners

  • I started backpacking in the 1970s. My tent weighed over 7 lbs, my down sleeping weighed 3 lbs (and that was onky a three-season bag), my all-leather “Frankenstein” boots weighed 4 lbs the pair, my external frame pack (they were pretty much all external frame) weighed 5 lbs empty); I could go on but you get the picture: equipment back then was HEAVY!! But except for the tent, I still have all that stuff it was heavy but durable as all get out! I now have all lightweight gear, of course. I also still have my old copy of William Kemsley’s book, “Backpacking Equipment Buyer’s Guide”: a Consuner Reports -style guide published in 1977. It’s amazing to look back on all that stuff. Even more amazing is the absolute plethora of manufacturers back then.

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  • awesome i loveee to hike with my son and fiance but never seem to have the right gear lol, nice channel i sub def, please check mines out im new too:) will be watching more of your videos

  • Great tips. I’ve been doing a lot of hiking. But I really want to go out this year do a backpacking trip. Thanks for the great tips

  • Great advice, I think I made every mistake you mention when I first started out. Best advice you gave: If you don’t see an item on an experienced person’s list, consider not bringing it. I would add that you should only bring one luxury item

  • Great info that you are sharing.
    Check out what gear I use and get rid of as I am currently hiking the PCT Pacific Crest Trail

  • Hello lovers of hiking I share a good plan with you, because I was satisfied myself:

  • A couple things about foot wear,,, 1 high heel won’t work, don’t even talk to anyone wearing high heels on a hike trail,
    2 if you sprain your ankle, you are very likely going to swell up after you take off your shoe,,, seriously consider do you want the possibility that you may not get your shoe back on again,,, it may be wise to leave it on to help contain the swelling,,, please consult a doctor over my suggestion,,, 3 ifn it gets cold at night, you normally take your shoes off & place them by your side,,, consider placing them inside your sleeping gear with you that they will stay closer to body temperature when you wake up,,, yeh, it really is a biggy,

    A little also note ;
    If you are not used to walking more than a mile or two on any given day, what makes you think you can walk multiple times more than that just because you’re on a hiking trail? Hiking takes practice, it’s similar to a new job, you have to learn how to do different things gradually, then do more in increments,

    And always be safe than sorry, & look around wherever you are not at a schedule to keep,,, you can always come back later to where you left the trail only if you are still alive,

  • Cotton cotton cotton…..I learned fast that cotton soaks up sweat like a sponge. I think my socks are still drying out 3 weeks later.

  • Your right and even for those who are survivalists/preppers one doesnt really need 100 pounds of gear to haul on their backs as primitive people around the world have proven that one can get by with very little gear and still survive.

  • 2:55 OH PREACH.
    Honeeeyyyyy my subgroup decided to be over ambitious and ended up hiking from 7AM to 9PM to get back to camp (LITERALLY NOT EXXAGERATING) THE NEXT DAY I HAD ATE A WHOLE LOAF RAISIN BREAD ON THE WAY DOWN TO DISTRACT MYSELF FROM THE CRAMPING PAINS OF SATAN HIMSELF

  • I always wondered why Canadians are mostly upbeat and just happy people… also they have this natural sense of humor that I love… I think it’s because they spend more time outdoors than indoors… that’s gotta be it!

  • all good ideas, but your forgetting about a simple roll of compression bandages for sprains and twists, unfortunately most people forget about such common injuries while preparing a first aid kit. you might also want to add a light tarp for emergencies like having to stay out over night or if a sudden rain starts that way you can stay dry for extended periods of time

  • Totally agree with the heads up additude. Be aware of your surroundings, dead tree limbs can easily kill if a big one falls from a tree! Be careful guys!

  • A quality fixed blade i.e. a Mora companion. Folding pocket knives are fine for small tasks but they will never be as reliable as a fixed blade. It also doesn’t add too much extra weight. Also maybe a small pocket sharpening stone like a fallkniven DC3 or DC4. Both of these items are relatively inexpensive as well and are available on Amazon.

  • Thanks for the great video and I’m sorry it took so long to see it. Can I please suggest that you include a “neckerchief” as an Essential. Useful for hot days keeping dust, sun and sweat off the back of your neck, useful in smoke or dust to keep them off your face, and most IMPORTANTLY, useful as a tourniquet for when those unhappy and venomous reptiles decide that the social distance is not quite right.

  • Trex legs….that’s a new one for me. Hiked 25+ mile days in the Corps…worst I ever saw was heat stroke or blisters.

    Number 1 rule of hiking: Protect your feet. Good boots, good socks, foot powder, moleskin.

  • Thanks Dixie! You have made my transition to a seasoned hiker very smooth. But!!!!!You threw me for a loop when you said a mistake is carrying everything but the kitchen sink. So I took that advice to heart and got rid of everything and then picked up up a brand new kitchen sink from Home Depot. Pro-Tip: Get the stainless steel, because the porcelain ones weigh more. However, I soon learned carrying the Kitchen Sink and nothing else was a big mistake. I tried setting up the sink in the tent, but I had no plumbing. So I toted it down to the creek to use there, but without the stopper, all the water would just run out. And I couldnt get the garbage disposal to work because I couldnt find an outlet close by and I believe carrying a 20 mile extension cord would be a slighly difficult task. All in all, the kitchen sink idea was not for me. What do you all think about Dixie’s kitchen sink idea? Let me know in the comments and hit that like button.

  • Once….emphasis on once…I wore jeans to backpack in. I was hiking in Linville Gorge, an extremely rugged environment. It rained. I mean it poured. Those jeans added twenty pounds of weight, then I got chilled, then the chafing began. Never. Again.

  • I carried a “large” amount of instant coffee, sugar and creamer for several section hikes before I finally realized I didn’t ever use any of it. Just never got into the habit of waiting for a cup of coffee. But the little package covered over 100 miles of the AT in good shape.

  • A very nice video and good recommendations. I would like to add a couple thoughts: 1) bring a healthy dose of “caution” when in the wilderness: falling, getting scraped up on granite, punctured by tree limbs, or twisting an ankle, when even just a few miles from the car can
    cause a lot of trauma. 2) if you get lost or think you are lost, don’t run! a fast walk is o.k. but you are more likely to trip and fall and injure yourself while running. 3) a whistle is a good way to signal for help or to let others know which direction you are in 4) if you are going to be where you might run into poisonous snakes, a homeopathic anti-venom kit can possibly save your life, or that of your pet (google “Venomous Snake/Insect Bite Recovery Kit” and search the page on thedogbreederstore.com) 5) don’t go off on your owntake a buddy. Ironically none of these things weigh anything, except maybe the whistle ;0)

  • Her secton was hilarious!! I totally agree with the socks too!! I cant bring too many pairs of socks! Nice rundown man! Stay safe! Hike on!

  • One thing I have learned from camping and a good tip to you who is reading this comment scrape some magnesium from the fire starter onto the things your gonna burn I think it burns easier.

  • Great video man! A mistake I made was hiking up a mountain in a Tshirt. Some cold weather rolled in and it went from a nice spring day to below freezing with snow. I got very cold!

  • I was travelling through Baltic sea coast by the beach, on the Polish territory (from border to border)… and my backpack was about 20kg without food (but with 2l water).

    First three days was a massacre, but after two weeks i must say that that was not that bad, but my body weight drops like crazy xD (12kg in two weeks).

    Walking barefoot through sand for a two weeks was some kind of an adventure, but surely in the mountain area i will take much less stuff, i realize that only what matters for me is good quality survival tools (like firestarter, big massive knife for machete work, hammock, tarp, medkit) and clothes only what is needed! No backup three t-shirts xD

    Cheers! Have a nice trip ;p

  • TL;DW:

    1) 0:43 Don’t pack too heavy.
    2) 3:40 Get proper footwear, with a thumb’s width of wiggle room in front of your toes.
    3) 6:20 Don’t over-estimate how far you can walk per day.
    4) 7:50 Don’t eat too much food. Hiker hunger sets in much later than the first few weeks. Aim for 2lbs of food/day.
    5) 9:40 Don’t overplan. Allow yourself the freedom of enjoying yourself along the way.

  • blisters are death. The worst I know of is a friend who got brand new boots and then the navigation team failed epicly and hiked 5km in the wrong direction and then had to hike the 7km back to the actual location of home base. Her whole ankle was just a mess of blisters. Love the videos and the music!

  • Great video. One thing though…the mylar blanket does not produce heat therefore it is not “a great source of heat”. I always carry one myself and it’s a great recommendation. Keep up with the great videos and love the enthusiasm.

  • You’re nuts if you think I’m putting duct tape on my skin. I’m allergic to most tape adhesives, including band-aid glue, and duct tape is the worst of them all.

  • Too much food…Even watched other youtube videos to make sure I was in the ballpark and still ended up taking way more than what I needed.

  • I`ve never done backpacking completely in the wild, but made my share of mistakes while hitchking and wild camping through Europe. I remember taking my favourite denim jacket and sketchbook and wanting to post it back home only two days later. Ended up having to leave some things behind as wasn`t able to carry it. Also taking wayyy too much food and water is every beginner`s mistake XD
    Great videos and spot on tips!

  • So the nifty editers forgot to have headphones while editing this…
    Or drunk…
    Or someone who doesn’t know how to edit came by by accident…
    Or they were just lazy….

  • Instead of wearing 2 pairs of socks to prevent blisters we would always wear some of those short nylon stockings that older ladies wear under our socks.

  • Hello my outdoor friends, thank you for sharing your fine video. You brought out some great pointers to be aware of when hiking in the outdoors. You folks take care, be safe and always have fun. ��

  • 1 = Hydratation, 2 = Fire stuff, 3 = Knife, 4 = Fishing/collecting food on nature skills, 5 = Protection against wind/sun/rain/snow, 6 = First aid stuff, 7+ = whatever, because THESE are the important things you SHOULD to have in ALL adventures in nature, for emergency.:D

  • Great info Niccy! This will be such a useful video to so many people, and starting in Central Park! *whistles* that is QUITE the destination!
    Ps. I love how it looked like you were pointing at JQ when you said “check out those views ��