What you ought to Learn About Urban Hiking


Hiking for beginners; Your first Trail The Urban Hiker

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What Gear I Carry on A DAY HIKE: My Day Hiking Essentials

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25 Mile HIKING TRIP in the City

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Hiking for beginners; the first step The Urban Hiker

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What is Urban Hiking?

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Gear I Carry on a Day Hike

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Instead of rocky paths and mountains, urban hikers seek out city parks, multi-use paths and stairways that connect public roads and unexplored areas of a city. These hikes can range anywhere from 5–50 miles and are meant to be self-supported; urban hikers carry their gear in a backpack, as they would on a trail. Urban Hiking is a walk in the city that includes a sense of adventure. It embraces the urban environment by adventuring through parks, climbing stairwells, crossing intersections, and meandering through the city’s obstacles of life.

You can do urban hikes with your friends or by yourself. Urban hiking combines the best of the outdoors with some of your city’s greatest sights. Like a traditional hike, you get the health benefits of walking—advantages that involve boosting the immune function, counteracting weight gain, and diminishing joint pain, according to. “Urban hiking is a way of connecting our cities on foot in a way that feels very different than the way neighborhoods are connected by cars,” says Liz Thomas, a professional distance hiker. Tips to Keep You On Track.

1. Never hike alone. You need to have a partner in case you have an accident. 2. Know how to get to your destination, which may mean buying a map and carrying a compass. 3. Along the way, you may need to refill your water supply. Know.

Hang up your cowboy boots, the urban hiking movement is redefining Nashville nightlife. If you’re just visiting or are a native, be sure to check out this evening meet up that takes trekkers on a. Choose an easy destination: Short overnight hikes close to home are best. Get essential gear and clothing: Borrow and scrounge gear to save money. Plan your food: Just-add-water meals can be found at your local REI, or find easy to cook options at regular.

Canoeing is an age old sport that has been used for transportation, fishing, hunting, sport, and recreation as long as they have been around. Not much has. Urban hiking started centuries ago as a necessity: If you wanted to go somewhere, you had to walk. “Hiking” wasn’t for fun. Then, as most people used cars or public transportation to get around in the city, they regarded “hiking” as a pleasant activity to be done somewhere else, in a natural area.

As well as food, take a minimum of 3L of water per person—there are no drinking water supplies on the mountain. Clothing wise, long pants are recommended as well as sturdy footwear, a hat, your mobile and sunglasses. In your backpack you should also bring a raincoat, a jacket, a first aid kit and warm gloves.

List of related literature:

This kind of thing was not real hiking, Urban declared.

“Turning to Nature in Germany: Hiking, Nudism, and Conservation, 1900-1940” by John Alexander Williams
from Turning to Nature in Germany: Hiking, Nudism, and Conservation, 1900-1940
by John Alexander Williams
Stanford University Press, 2007

These are generally easy to follow hiking areas that are not officially recognized by the Forest Service, but nonetheless are nice hiking destinations.

“Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide” by Michael Elliott Coltrin
from Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide
by Michael Elliott Coltrin
University of New Mexico Press, 2005

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

Be prepared with a believable story about why you are hiking around.

“Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible” by Jorge Cervantes
from Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible
by Jorge Cervantes
Van Patten Pub., 2006

They give you tips on how to start hiking, location suggestions based on your skill and experience level, and more.

“Unplugged: evolve from technology to upgrade your fitness, performance & consciousness” by Brian MacKenzie, Dr. Andy Galpin, Phil White
from Unplugged: evolve from technology to upgrade your fitness, performance & consciousness
by Brian MacKenzie, Dr. Andy Galpin, Phil White
Victory Belt Publishing, 2017

Descriptions of the Narrows hikes found on the park’s website (www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/thenarrows.htm) make it clear that this is not a hike for the timid.

“Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle” by Randi Minetor
from Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah’s Grand Circle
by Randi Minetor
Lyons Press, 2017

This book is designed to introduce hikers to some of the best routes in these diverse wild areas.

“100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest: Eastern Washington, Northern Rockies, Wallowas” by Rich Landers, Spokane Mountaineers
from 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest: Eastern Washington, Northern Rockies, Wallowas
by Rich Landers, Spokane Mountaineers
Mountaineers Books, 2003

The best advice I can give anyone who is into doing extended hikes is to learn how to read and follow United States Geological Survey topographic maps.

“ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy” by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
from ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy
by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
Atria Books, 2009

Hiking descriptions begin with a brief introduction, followed by detailed information about how to execute the hike.

“Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide” by Lisa Foster
from Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide
by Lisa Foster
Westcliffe Publishers, 2005

The concept is used by trained hikers as well as people new to hiking.

“Forests, Trees and Human Health” by Kjell Nilsson, Marcus Sangster, Christos Gallis, Terry Hartig, Sjerp de Vries, Klaus Seeland, Jasper Schipperijn
from Forests, Trees and Human Health
by Kjell Nilsson, Marcus Sangster, et. al.
Springer Netherlands, 2010

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Since I live and hike the southeastern US, a poncho and/or rain coat( lots of surprise rain here). For years I’ve loved the diversity of a ponch. I can understand why as a biker you don’t carry one. However I recently acquired a lite rain jacket that works well as a windbreaker. Trying it out!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • No extra food or water? No whistle, signal mirror, or other attention-grabbing devices? No water-filtration method? No shelter, not even a space blanket? No extra clothing layers? In my opinion, you’re living dangerously if that dayhike ever turns into a survival situation…

  • Hey I know this isn’t the video to say this but I have many questions!
    What’s the difference between a long hike and a thru hike?
    In a thru hike if I stop take a brake from hiking does that mean it’s no longer a thru hike?
    Just curious on the different meanings.

  • I always keep a collapsible tenkara (small fly fishing rod) and some flies in my car and on me when i’m hiking. Never know when you’ll spot a cool fishing spot where you can pull in a fish or two

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • This is a really informative video, love it! Years ago when I was a novice hiker, I truly had no idea what to bring (and there weren’t YouTube videos like this at that time); your explanations of what you bring and why are super helpful for newbies. Also, I’ve hiked for years and have never once thought to bring a sit pad duh! What a great idea, those soft rocks are so hard to find ��

  • 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 ������

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • I always have a fairly thorough first aid kit including trauma shears, QuikClot, a CAT tourniquet, and a pressure dressing. I know the likelihood of me needing anything more than a band-aid or some Advil is vanishingly small, but that one time you or someone else gets seriously hurt is the time you’ll be screwed if you don’t have the means to control bleeding or splint a fracture until you can get help. Yeah, it’s a little extra weight and bulk, but it’s extra weight that makes me feel more at ease when I’m out hiking.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Carry G.I. canteen kit. My dog drinks well out of those strange kidney cups. You look good it that cap. Structure caps always sit weird on my head.

  • I admit, I was on the fence if I was gonna be interested in this (I’ve thought about doing this before) but I realized it really doesn’t matter where you are. It’s the mindset, and I think this is a good visual of you taking the life lessons from the trails and turning them into fruition of the these positive videos. Thank you, Man!

  • 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 just ordered myself a zpacks medium ground cloth I plan on taking on all my hikes so as to have clean place to sit down for a break, or could be used as a makeshift shelter in inclement weather. Only 3 oz, and packs very small. That’s my newest day-hike gear idea.

  • My bag is always on the heavier side on a day hike as well as multi day hike. I carry 3½-4l of water on average. Spare socks, spare top layer and in cold season a spare bottom layer. On a day hike I carry my 40l backpack as I also carry my mirrorless camera in that.always carry my headtorch and mud crampons������

  • Sunblock and insect repellent. I had to learn the hard way. I think I’ll be adding a paracord bracelet to my list also. Saw another video they suggested moleskin for blisters. Thanks for the input.

  • 3:15 Darwin, have you considered using reactions lenses in your glasses, instead? Would save the weight and hassle of carrying sunglasses seperately.

  • You should add some kind of shelter kit like a tarp and pegs to be protected if you have to stop in a sunny hot area or get caught in rain

  • If my day hikes are in more backcountry/remote areas I will carry my Garmin Mini, in the event of an emergency. If it’s a high traffic trail, I won’t have it with me because there will typically be cell service.

    Osprey 23L is my typical day pack.

  • 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

  • At least 1.5 liters of water, lightweight rain jacket, blister kit, buff, hat, sunglasses, jar of peanut butter(tons of calories in an emergency and a good add on to snacks if hungry.) larabars, and some kind of thermal layer(merino wool crew, puffy) In the winter If I am doing a 12 plus mile hike, I’ll bring extra socks, crampons, down mittens(gets cold in Vermont mountains), more thermal layers, and a bivvy or snow pod for shelter plus 150ft of high strength line.

  • 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

  • Rain gear, water filtration system, and food are the basics. I got caught in a hailstorm once on Pike’s Peak without rain gear. That never happened again. Last summer I did a short 7 mile hike up to some falls and ran out of water on the way back. Not only was I thirsty but the elevation gains burned through some major calories. My return hike to the parking lot was ruined because all I could think about was a double mushroom and swiss burger, crinkle fries and a root beer from Culvers. Yes, I crushed that meal on the drive home.

  • wow, I used to buy these gears here hikingprostore.com, the quality is good and the ship is fast but the price is a bit higher than elsewhere =)))

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This may be a silly question, how do you pack your full sized camera? Is there a way to keep it weather proofed/protected while hiking or is it okay just “tossed” in your backpack?

  • Small flask of adult beverage, good compass, small tarp, fixed blade knife, 2-3 ways to start fire, and maybe a cigar or two. (keeps the bugs and nimrods away)

  • I always carry a small machete, with an included saw. Since I live in Puerto Rico hiking here is more on wilderness rather than on a trail, ital always good to have something that helps me make a path for me to continue rather than turning around

  • I’m impressed you would hike 17 miles in a day hike and consider it normal �� If I’m loaded up and do 10 miles of rough terrain, I’m beat. And if it’s a multi-day hike it’s even less when I get to day 2. Of course all my equipment is low end and on the heavier side, and my pack sucks. Maybe that’s why ��

  • Nice video. Largest urban park? Check out McDowell Sonoran Preseve, but if you come visit we will give you the grand tour. But it is still smaller than the Chugach State Park. Again, thanks for the video and I like all your productions. Oh, how is the double quilt concept working?

  • Great video! I live at the bottom of Nose Hill and definitely don’t spend enough time exploring there. I will make more of an effort for sure now, thanks for the reminder and inspiration!

  • 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 have neaver been hikeing and i am going on a hike with my girlscout troop and this made me aware that we need not to much but not so little plz give my girl scout troop a shout out troop 64515

  • 2 liters of water for desert conditions?! you must be a camel. If seen people get in trouble hiking the canyon wall carrying 4 liters. I carry flares and a signal mirror. Fire starter. extra marino wool socks and blister treatment, snake bite kit. A small lightweight tarp and cordage. You get fucked up and cant find shade yr in trouble. Your exposure to risk is high and irresponsible. Not enough gear. Gram weenies like you get rescued all the time by SAR people like myself. If you can’t handle an extra 5 lbs of water and gear your fitness level is shit and you don’t belong out there.

  • Good video and pretty good list. I’m going to pay a little more attention to a knife, multitool, first aid, and fire resources. If someone gets hurt and there’s an hour or more before help can get there, if cold is an issue, I’m building a fire.

  • Also, someone got me a DD Magic Carpet mini tarp as a birthday present: can be used as a sit mat, ground sheet, wind block, sun shade, awning for tent or mini shelter. A super accessory ��

  • How do you pack your camera gear (the larger one, tripod and spare lens) in this particular pack or other Osprey packs? Packing cube? Thanks, man!

  • This is more or less what i always bring too. But i will never understand poles. I feel like its just one more point of contact that could potentially slip and make you lose balance and fall. And id rather have my hands free. But who knows, i should try them and maybe it will change my life haha

  • I love that you did this. I haven’t been getting out and I’ve thought about doing this to stay in some kind of shape for the JMT. I’m definitely getting out of shape. Oh, also love the hardcore parkour. It made me laugh

  • Great idea and great video!
    We went out for 4 dayhikes last weekend from Friday to Monday and had a great time in the wood… BUT… the huge difference is… you have ice in your beard and we have sunburn on our nose ;-)))
    We live in the middle of Bavaria/Germany and had 20-25°C ;-)))

  • I’ll have to do some research on that Osprey Escapist pack… my 2020 resolution is to spend more time outdoors but in the Midwest, I have to wait for spring at a minimum

  • Holy moly thats some flashy shoes along with some flashy pants! 😉 and an interesting way to separate people with that Canadian Separator haha!

  • 5 C’s of survivability and some dense calories.

    Cutting edge

    If it’s overnight, expand to the 10 C’s.

  • A whistle is attached to all of my packs. Extra socks, packed in a ziplock bag are a good idea in case your feet get wet very important in cold weather! A compass could be useful, but I’m guessing that you already carry one, but just forgot to mention it.

  • #1 item a loud whistle. #2 item map and compass. #3 item fire steel.
    Sure you love that pack but I can do the same with a 10 dollar Walmart pack.

  • There’s definitely more to see in a city or metro area. If you want to get away from people that may be a drawback. But nature can get repetitive after a while, plus the costs of gear. So why not go the cheap route!

  • I’ll go out for all day urban hikes, and cover 16-20 miles. I’ll have my backpack with snacks and drinks, to keep me fueled. It’s definately helps with clarity and focus. And like you said, there are little oasis havens hidden throughout every town that you need to discover on foot.

  • We just got back from the Smokies. Hiking the Rainbow Falls trail to the summit of Mount Le Conte was awesome. Also hiking a few miles of the AT to Charlies Bunion gave us some great views. We did put a 24 minute video on youtube. Keep on hiking and doing videos! Great Job! Bob

  • you got to put out new urban hiker videos. i like the gear review never new snow lizard phone case existed. thanks. how did you find the product? but i’m serious the urban hiker video is a great idea

  • I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this video. It is very smart. I have been wanting to join a MeetUp hiking group and have been so worried that I am so out of shape that I won’t be able to complete the hike they have in store. This is extremely helpful to me. Thank you!

  • good advice, I really didn’t know where to start 3 years ago when I decided enough is enough and started walking again, it has been quite a journey but I have logged a decent 200 miles this year so far, a far cry from what you achieved but 3 years ago I could barely walk 1/2 mile. keep up the good vids, will share with friends.

  • Great video! I’m planning to do the same Thursday or Friday with my 2 girls. We live in Chestermere and will take the Western Headworks canal path to Max Bell arena. Loved seeing Calgary represented! Keep up the awesome videos!

  • Ah you inspired me to map out something in Cochrane.! I’m following the rules of social distancing very seriously but I think this would be a safe activity maybe I’ll head out at 6 am lol.

  • Man, I don’t get to see much wildlife while hiking and have definitely never gotten to see a Dinosaur! Luuuuuucky.
    Thanks for showing that a person can always choose to make the best of a bad situation.

  • 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.

  • Imagine being in Joshua Tree when it’s super hot, and you have a small fall and land on your backpack and unbeknownst to you, your can of tuna cracks open…..hot spoiled tuna juice and chunks soaking into your backpack. No. Never bring tuna!

  • Great video, Amanda. If more hikers were as well-prepared as you are, the search and rescue teams wouldn’t have so much work to do every year.

    A couple of thoughts:
    1) You might want to add a pack liner to your bag, which I believe isn’t waterproof. This will protect your electronics, puffy jacket, etc. from getting wet, and basically weighs nothing. You can even use a trash bag if you want instead of a fancy dyneema one.
    2) Have you ever tried a monocular? Less than half the weight of a binocular, and does essentially the same thing. Also keeps one eye free to stay aware of your surroundings. I prefer them to binoculars, but not everyone does.

  • Great video. I moved to Colorado from Florida and became a lot more serious about hiking. I got into 14,000 foot peaks (climbed 35 my first year) and now have got into ice climbing. Just recently I began publishing YouTube videos of these experiences and I have never been happier. There was a ton of discomfort involved, but the pay off is priceless. Keep at it!

  • 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.

  • Nice video. I always have a couple of BIC lighters, sun screen, tweezers, and a whistle, and a compass, moleskin, and additional socks. I woiuld also carry a more substantial knife. For value and weight, etc. I would choose a Condor Terrasaur. And, i prefer to carry a mult-tool as well. My favorite is the Leatherman Rebar (it has a saw and awl). I would choose a single-walled stainless water bottle as well.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • no pants, socks or hygiene kit. no shelter or map /compass. phone is great till it breaks. lighter plus fire kit ( have you used it) is good. no cup to boil water for tea or bouillon.

  • thank you for sharing this!! I am just getting into hiking and it was really helpful to see what a regular hiker packs for every day use and for emergencies as well

  • Omg what a GREAT video! I’m new to hiking and I want to maximize my experience as much as possible so this gives me a ton of useful information! Thank you!

  • What size water bladder do you carry? I have a 2L. Is that enough for a day hike in the desert? I also have a Sawyer Mini but haven’t used it before (a bit nervous to!).

  • new subscriber here! Thank you for all of your info! Relocating to Arizona in a few weeks from FL and super excited for new nature beginnings!

  • Hi Amanda— I use a Sawyer too (like everyone now, I guess). But if you’re not bringing a bottle and only one bladder, what are you drinking out of or filtering into?

  • 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

  • Hello Amanda, greetings from Northern California. Thank you for sharing your hiking essentials. You have a very thorough review of hiking essentials. All the best to you out there on the trail. Please stay healthy. ��

  • Ok, one more comment. I don’t know that I’ve seen this topic in a video from you (correct me if I’m wrong), but when I was new to backcountry camping, I had SO many questions about water out on the trails! It was really hard for me to find information, also. As a beginner, I had no idea what filter to use, what water sources (if any) were unsafe, can you camp near the water, etc.. These are such basic questions, but I remember being really intimidated and anxious about this topic on my first trip. The REI employees were helpful, but I felt stupid asking. I did also ask around on forums, but again, people can be rude if you don’t have the same level of knowledge they do. It would be awesome to have this sort of information all in one video, coming from a super nice and helpful person!

  • That was awesome! A good reminder showing that kind of hiking can be done by anyone. It just proves that you don’t always have to be out in the wilderness to enjoy a hike! As always thanks for sharing your adventures! Looking forward to your next one!
    Rick from Virginia

  • I was waiting to see that you had a First-Aid Kit. I ALWAYS keep mine in the top of the pack so anyone else can find it in case it’s needed to help me or anyone else very quickly without digging through the entire pack. One thing I would add would be a paper map to act as a backup to the phone app. I am glad to see the jackets and headlamp. Being prepared for an oops is wise.

  • I recommend a binocular harness. Put the harness on before the pack then attach the bino. A harness keeps the weight off your neck and also keeps it from bouncing while you hike. Wearing the binos means you can quickly focus on birds that appear suddenly. Also you’re more likely to use them if they are at your fingertips rather than having to dig in the bag.

  • one thing i’ve found annoying is when it’s really hot and my backpack is right up against my back and it gets all hot and sweaty ��
    also i like the binocular idea. it’s like a way to be a part of the scene rather than trying to capture it for social media…if that makes sense

  • pretty much what i have: i have a vest, and two small emergency blankets. a small knife and a lighter. a headlamp in case i get stuck out after dark. 2 litres of water. and lunch. and a filter. i have plasters and extra batteries also. if i wanna go extra i have a mini emergency shelter and a rope. my cell phone takes pretty good pics, i dont wanna carry a big camera. lol last thing, power bank in case with a wire….

  • Really want to try this thru hike of the AT. Probably will end up being a solo run. I hope they fully open up the trail from this COVID-19. I don’t know much about hiking. Maybe I should try many day hikes first prior to attempting a 2000+ mile hike.

  • Thanks for these videos!! I followed you and Sharon on your AT through hike, and you are always quite the comedian!! I’ve been on many many day hikes, so when my friends asked me to go on a 3-day backpacking adventure, I thought it would be a blast. We did the “roller coaster” in WV in quite the monsoon. No way but a difficult 3 days to break me in. lol Wish I had been more prepared, but at the same time, I have found a true love of hiking now.

  • This is a great series to help new backpackers just starting out. The most important thing that they need is good hiking shoes. We have another 2 day 1 night this weekend. Keep up the good work and check out our videos if you get bored. lol Bob