It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.
My Friday Five topic this week is What you need to be a successful hiker
But just like running, if you don’t have the right stuff, it could be a nightmare.
It depends on if you just walking a flat trail or climbing up a rocky one.
Until recently, I just wore my trail running shoes and they worked fine.
But waterproof boots are helpful when it is muddy or you have to cross water. They also offer more support on a rocky or steep trail.
Your legs are going up and down. Over rocks and trees. I usually just use I stick from a tree. It’s the perfect height and weight for me.
Hiking poles also work great. I bought a cheap pair and they broke the first hike. I did order a new pair.
Just like running, wear layers. You will be cold at first and then warm up.
Wear orange or pink during hunting season.
Always bring your cell phone. Download the ALLTRAILS app so you can track your route. But know that you may not have cell service. So be prepared.
Download the trail map before you go!!!
Obviously you need water and a treat for the top of your climb (or end of your trek.) Also bring toilet paper, bug spray, sunscreen, extra pair of socks, windbreaker.
You can carry everything in a light back pack. I actually use ones I’ve gotten as swag from races (as you see in the photo above).
Obviously it’s more fun to go hiking with someone else. Make sure you all have the same expectations, ability and endurance. Otherwise it is not fun.
Happy Running! Do you like to hike? Do you hike often? Any other helpful hiking tips?