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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:)

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  • 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.
    Cheers…

  • 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.