3 Major Benefits Plus 10 Hiking Tips

img_97793 Major Hiking and Backpacking Checklist Benefits – My main hiking tip for anyone getting started with hiking or backpacking activities is to actually use a hiking equipment checklist or backpacking checklist when preparing for your travels. The use of checklists makes many of the tasks in life simple. The 3 main benefits of using a checklist for hiking or backpacking are:

Memory Jogger – A visual-aid such as a checklist is a great way to ensure that important hiking gear is not left behind;
Efficiency Tool – A checklist makes it a much easier and quicker task when packing for your outdoor trips;
Review Tool – A checklist can function as a review sheet which you can analyse in order to reduce the size of your kit before your next trip.
10 Hiking Tips For Hiking and Backpacking Checklists – Listed here are my favourite suggestions with reference to packing when using a Hiking Equipment Checklist or Backpacking Checklist:

Appropriate Gear – Packing gear that you believe to be appropriate for your trip, and having the knowledge regarding the

7 Tips on Preparing for Trekking


This is an introduction to the following 7 tips on preparing yourself for a trekking adventure. A trek can consist of backpacking, hiking or just walking through trails from your campsite. But one thing is for sure, if you’ve never done a trek that involves backpacking or hiking then there are things you should do and learn before you ever go it alone. If you are very fortunate and know a very experienced backpacker or hiker and they are willing to take you with them on quite a few of their treks then you can probably forego the 7 tips as they will be able to teach you in your travels together.

Before we go on let’s lightly touch on what experienced means. It means someone who has engaged in lots of different trekking experiences in all types of weather conditions, in all types of terrain and is very well versed in survival techniques and application. Otherwise you should read and consider following the 7 tips as a basic guide before you ever even think about going on a

Five Tips That Every Beginner Trekker Should Keep in Mind


Oh man.. there is just no better way to satisfy your wanderlust. Being smack in the middle of nature, feeling the untouched earth below your feet, and being the silent watcher as every bird, every butterfly, every plant goes about its business. There can be nothing more relaxing and more invigorating than that, trust me!

But then trekking is also a serious activity. The impact and risk level that you will be exposed to while you hike depends upon a lot of factors which include the type of terrain you are walking on, nature of the surroundings you will be exposed to and of course your experience as a trekker.

So if you are a beginner in this world, I would suggest you take these basic pointers in mind before you decide to take off on a nature trail for some exploration. These will help you keep the risk factor to a minimum and ensure you enjoy your time with nature as best as possible.

Tip#1: Know the trail

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The Importance of Keeping a Steady Speed When You Go Hiking

I am blessed to live in Canada where there are lots of beautiful parks and great views. Canadian National Parks such as Banff, Elk Island, and Jasper and many more are some of the best in the world. For those of you who love outdoor activities, going hiking is great. It is important however to take proper precautions as a beginner. Through the many trails I have done so far in my hiking history, one thing that I quickly realized is that you have to keep a steady speed during your hike.

It is difficult to realize this as a beginner, because we tend to always walk fast for the first part of the trail, but get tired quickly. The first trail I hiked was at Elk Island National Park. I started the walking the trail at a very brisk pace, and I did not realize that it not the same as walking on an even sidewalk. One gets tired really quickly due to the uneven nature of the trail. It is important to keep the speed slow and steady, so you can watch and enjoy the trail, and at the same time keep a stable rhythm

Tips For Choosing The Right Hiking Socks

If you think that buying a pair of hiking boots is difficult, then just wait until it comes to getting a suitable pair of hiking socks.

Now socks are socks, right? Well, when it comes to hiking, grabbing any old pair of sports socks out of the drawer simply won’t work. Unfortunately, sports socks are not hiking socks and you don’t want to wear the same socks that you use for jogging or playing football when you head off on a lengthy hike.

Good hiking sock need to be comfortable but they also need to be thick and very hard wearing with terrific thermal and moisture-wicking properties. Remember that, even if you are just hiking modest distances at the weekends, you’ll probably cover getting on for 1,000 miles in a year and you should expect a good pair of hiking socks to last just about that distance.

Most importantly, you want your socks to provide you with comfort for that 1,000 miles. Problems such as chafing, blisters other foot damage can quickly turn a two or three mile hike back to your car into sheer agony if your socks aren’t up to the job.

Hiking Tips for Starting a Journal

Anyone who has been on a day hike or backpacking trip will need a way to be able to preserve the memories of the experience. One of the ways to do this is to write about your adventure in a hiking journal. This can be as simple as writing about the places that you have been in a simple notebook or it can be more hi-tech like starting a blog.

A notebook can be used to preserve the memories of your hike. You can find a notebook that is waterproof and tear resistant. What you can include in this hiking journal is the condition of the trail that you have backpacked. You can include the distance that you have covered, as well as the destinations that you have visited. You can also include the weather conditions as well as the GPS coordinates of the locations so that people may be able to visit the exact same spot that you have experienced. What you can also include in the journal is the weight of your backpack, your departure and arrival times, as well as your return date. If you have a hiking partner you can mention who it

Hiking Tips For People Who Don’t Like Hiking

Do hiking tips exist for people who don’t like hiking? Whether you’re on a camping trip with your family or walking in nature as part of a group tour, if outdoor strolling isn’t your thing, you’ll want to have hiking tips on how to get through it, lest you be “voted off the mountain”.

One of the best things you can do if you hate hiking is remain on the optimistic side. Think of the positives of your situation, like if you’re naturally into keeping fit, at least hiking is a very good form of exercise. If you love animals, remind yourself that you might spot some wildlife on your journey. Finally, a hesitant hiker who is religious can connect the experience to being spiritual.

Another tip for hiking is ensuring that you are comfortable when it comes to clothing choices, hydration, etc. This is crucial to not dreading the hiking experience. Don’t pack like you’re going on a two-week long vacation, and read up on the area beforehand in hopes of stirring up some excitement for your trek rather than just sarcasm.

If you’re a music lover, entertaining yourself with a portable listening device

Basic Outdoor Gear for Hikers and Campers

Camping trips, hiking out, walking tours, backpacking and other outdoor activities require usage of specific equipment and tools. There are many types of equipment available to lovers of nature who prefer to spend time communing with the outdoors. The selection of equipment is based on a number of factors, including the kind of environment, the distance and duration of travel, and the planned activities. Another important factor that influences the choice of equipment is the current set of local regulations that govern the site, all of which are intended to minimize the human impact on the environment. The following are guidelines to assist hikers, campers, and trekkers in planning for their next outdoor sojourn, specifically in choosing basic equipment.

Basic equipment options for temporary shelter and effective protection from the elements

A high performance four-season tent may provide the best kind of protection from the elements. This kind of tent offers users an effective shelter while they are out of doors, and when coupled with a complete sleep-system, the shelter can offer an environment that is warm, cozy, and comfortable. Many types of tents are available in the market. The choice depends on the nature of

10 Reasons You Need to Try Alpine Hiking in Whistler

Think the mountains are only fun in the summer if you have a mountain bike?

Think again.

Summertime in Whistler brings a total transformation to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Though you might be used to trekking around the mountain on skis or a snowboard, you’ll quickly discover that it’s just as much fun to explore the area by foot.

Whistler Blackcomb does an impeccable job at preparing and maintaining an extensive network of hiking trails. Here are 10 reasons why should lace up your hiking boots and head up the mountains the next time you’re in Whistler:

10. Wild About Wildflowers

If you love the way the mountains look covered in snow, just wait until you see how they look blanketed in wildflowers. The mountains come alive when the multi-coloured wildflowers bloom-don’t forget to stop along the trails to smell a few.

9. Exercise Those Lungs

Between the varying terrain and the stunning views, you’ll hardly notice that you’re getting in quite a good workout on your alpine hike. Bonus: hiking at an altitude will keep your lungs in tip top shape for your winter alpine activities.

8. Marmots, Birds

How to Stay Healthy on the Road

You’re excited! You’ve just arrived in this new crazy country and you’ve hit the ground running-you’re ready to go. Line up the beer and the fish-head curry and then you’re up for trekking a mountain. May we whisper a word of caution at this point?: acclimatisation. We know it’s a brand-spanking new adventure and you’re ready to explore but if you wind up exhausted with a diagnosis of traveller-tummy and culture-shockitis on the first day then all you’ll be sight-seeing is the inside of that hostel room. So may we offer some tips on staying well whilst having fun:

Drink lots of water: this will keep you hydrated in new climates. Its needs to be of the bottled variety and check that seal is intact.
Stay out of the sun at the hottest part of the day. Yawn, yawn you’ve heard it all before, we know-but looking like a boiled lobster just ain’t a good style.
If you are travelling to a town of increased altitude you will need to give your bod a couple of days minimum to get used to the reduced oxygen. It’s best to lay off the beer and lay on a bed!

Tips on How to Prepare for Altitude Trekking Holidays

Admiring the spectacular and breathtaking views during a Kilimanjaro trek or succumbing to the magic of an Everest Base Camp trek demands a lot of training and preparation but the reward is well worth it.

Altitude trekking holidays are physically demanding and require a good level of fitness. Before deciding on a trekking adventure it is worth assessing your current fitness level and deciding on a training programme. Here are some tips on how to prepare for an altitude trekking holiday:

Trekking training programme – nothing is too little when preparing for an altitude trekking holiday, go swimming, run on a treadmill, aerobics, get outdoors and walk during 4 to 6 hours, climb a mountain, walk up hills, climb stairs.

Research the trek – a good thing to do is to research about the trek beforehand, read guides and articles, research the trek online, contact other people that have done it or if you are part of a climbing holiday organiser, ask them for information!

Vaccinations – depending on the destination of the trekking holiday, you will need to get vaccinated. Make sure you are aware of the vaccinations required before you embark in

How to Choose a Backpack For Trekking Trips

Holiday time is coming up. You’ve booked a nice trekking trip and you are ready to gear up for your next adventure challenge. Whatever destination or altitude, traveling light is essential to make your trip an enjoyable moment. But choosing the right backpack is sometimes a tough task.

However if you stick to some easy to remember tips, you would be able to pick up the backpack that suits your needs.

1 – Think comfy

Whether you’re on the trail for an altitude trek like Everest Base Camp or on a trekking peak like Kilimanjaro, your backpack must fit you comfortably. A 40 Liter pack is the right size to stuff warm clothes, snack bars, a camera, gloves and your water bottles.When carrying your backpack the weight have to be transferred to your hips, not to your shoulders. Then, always adjust your waist belt first on your hips. Make sure your straps are well padded and body adjustable. The backpanels should maintain your lumbar in full comfort. A cooling mesh system will allow air ventilation to wick moisture and perspiration. Most bags are designed with adjustable straps and released buckles for a greater support. Some

Best Places For Mountain Biking

Winter may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still visit the slopes. Another way to enjoy the slopes is to go mountain biking. Flying down slopes that a few weeks ago were the haven of skiers is an exhilarating experience.

Here are some of the best places to go mountain biking in the world:

Saalbach, Austria: This region of Austria is a grand area for all-terrain mountain biking. The vicinity contains bike routes extending hundreds of miles. Everyone in the area agrees that Saalbach Hinterglemm is the best place to go mountain hiking. Saalbach Hinterglemm has many biking parks, mountains, cable car networks and valleys. You can enjoy all these places with just one ticket and the best thing is that these places are not at all crowded or touristy.

Chamonix, France: Chamonix is known as one of the best places to go skiing in the world, but it’s also a great place to spend a summer. Hiking and trekking is a passion of French people along with some serious mountain and road biking. Mountain bikers of France are respected as athletes in many parts of the world. Chamonix is one of the

What You Need to Become a Mountaineer

For anyone starting out in mountaineering, I would recommend training for endurance at the gym for strength and endurance and also learn and practice indoors on artificial rock walls. This enables them to make their grip strong and make them learn, on how to hang with the help of a rope and gain skills of balance. There are some basic tips related to mountaineering which you must follow while adopting mountaineering as a hobby.

Mountaineering can be described as a particular hobby which comes under the category of extreme sports. It is a craze amongst many people to go for a mountaineering excursion in different mountainous locations of the world. There are some tips which must be followed throughout, to make the trip of mountaineering adventurous and a memorable one. First priority is your safety and then the tips which are related to mountaineering. It can be also related as a popular sport of today and trekking and hiking come as light branch of mountaineering excursion. Mountaineering on the other hand takes your physical endurance and capabilities to extreme limits.

In most of the mountaineering excursions, people go alone and have to face certain hardships and

Tips for Packing for Your Trekking Holiday

Packing for your trekking holiday will depend essentially on 4 things:

Destination – If you are going for trekking in the Himalayas, a few things like high altitude, temperature, sunburn, windburn, snow burn, eye burn and skidding has to be taken into consideration. But if you are going to Peru your packing will be quite different. And if you are going for a camping holiday or a walking holiday in Bangalore your list will probably be shorter.

Number of days – Supplies like batteries for charging your devices and food for charging yourself can only be determined by the number of days you will be going. If it’s just a walking weekend, there’s not much to worry about, but if it is a 15-day mountain trek then you will not only need camping tips but also tips on battery and food conservation.

Time of the year – Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it wet and some like it dark. Your supplies will depend on what your preferences are.

Number of people – How much can you carry on a trek, how to store, all that is decided by the

Hiking Safely on the Hills


If you are contemplating a long distance walk, or indeed a day walk, on the any of the high level routes in the UK, such as The Pennine Way, for the first time, between October and May, please be aware that you are embarking on a test of your endurance and stamina, especially when carrying a backpack.

Each stage in a long distance walk involves a period of several hours spent outdoors, often in isolated and remote locations and sometimes at altitudes above 400 metres, in possibl;y rain or snow. A number of factors must therefore be taken into account at the planning stage.

Weather Conditions & Daylight Hours

Regardless of when you undertake the journey, you must check the expected weather conditions each day. Between October and May there is increased risk of high winds, heavy rain, sleet and sometimes snow blizzards. Any of these, together with the significantly smaller number of daylight hours, can provide a
challenge for the unwary.

Basic Equipment


If you have arranged for back-up luggage to be transported by your next accommodation, then a medium size rucksack (25 to 30

Be Safe and Ready for Mountain Climbing

When planning for a great outdoor adventure, mountain climbing or trekking can be among your options, right?

When it comes to this kind of outdoor bonding activity, there are a lot of mountains which some professional climbers are frequently suggesting. So, if you want to experience real enjoyment and excitement, why not climb up to the summit of a particular majestic peak that is considered to be the highest in the country?

However, before you get so excited, especially in preparing your trekking essentials, try looking at the following tips first for that safe and worth remembering climb:

1. Start your day with a good and healthy breakfast. By having a nutrients-packed first meal for the day, will help you get enough carbohydrates that will provide you with the needed energy before the climb. So before joining your pack for mountain climbing, make sure that you have included oatmeal or rice in your breakfast.

2. Inform your family about your adventure and when they should expect you to come back. This is very important when we talk of safety. Think of this: when you said that you will be coming home two days after

The Services of a Trekking Company

The popularity of trekking and adventure travel is forever on the increase with people wanting to conquer new challenges and achievements within their lives. Trekking and adventure expeditions are synonymous with gap year students but it doesn’t end there. Most reputable trekking companies will cater for groups or teams of all shapes, sizes and abilities – and with their advice can find a trekking experience to suit the needs of everyone involved. A reputable trekking company is the first port of call for compiling information regarding the trip you may have in mind. They will extend maps and reading materials your way so you can really get a sense of what one of these expeditions is all about.

Trekking companies help in organising all your travel needs and any types of accommodation you may require along the way. If you are considering a trekking holiday with a group of friends or indeed organising a school or club getaway, then utilising a highly recommended travel company will ease the anxiety and will also be a very safe option. It is always good to keep in mind the region or country in which you want to visit and also

Care and Maintenance Tips For Trekking Poles

Undoubtedly, a right pair of trekking poles has multiple benefits; especially the use of trekking poles can prove to be a great relief to strains typically brought about by walking across uneven and difficult terrain. However, the main advantages are safety and comfort. Experts believe that the use of telescopic poles relieves knee joints and the muscles of the legs. Not only this, but many scientific studies and research findings based on a mountain tour of 8-10 hours have clearly proved that the strain on the knees is reduced by up to 250 tons. Isn’t it sounding great? Keep reading!

But ironically, the story doesn’t seem to end with purchasing a quality pair of trekking poles, as you would like to use your pole in future with good working condition. So if you want to keep your poles working like new, they require frequent maintenance and care. Although, trekking poles require not so much maintenance but a little is necessary (and that little is significant here!). As a trekking pole owner, generally you encounter two main problems with your trekking poles i.e. internal corrosion and breakage. Internal corrosion is the most common problem you face and breakage

Some Useful Tips For Trek Adventure Tours

Most of us love the scenic beauty of nature and this is why, we wish to go for trekking or mountain climbing trips. This is a popular sporting activity among nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Trek adventure tours can be taken by anyone, until the individual understands the do’s and don’ts. Here are some useful trekking tips for beginners to make their trip enjoyable:

a) It is better to ensure that you carry a first aid box along with you

b) If your climbing is going to get steeper, it is better to have a stick. You can gather details in this respect from the trip organizer, who can tell you whether a stick is essential or not.

c) Also, make sure to carry a durable pair of trekking shoes, so that you can feel comfortable when climbing.

d) It is better to join yourself with experienced trekkers as you are a first timer. Generally, when you take trek adventure tours from experienced organizers, they will generally ensure that their customers are accompanied by an experienced trekker to provide the right guidance.

e) You should ensure that you do not lag behind and