Learn How to Hike and Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 11th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23n4y1o6/
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Hiking is a great way to exercise and experience nature up close. Here are some tips on learning how to hike.

Get Ready to Hike


Hiking can give you a good workout and a chance to experience the great outdoors up close. You will enjoy spectacular views and may even see wildlife. You can hike easy, flat trails or challenge yourself with a steeper hike.
Before starting any new form of exercise, you should check with your doctor. Most people can hike without any problems.
If you are new to hiking, take it slow. Start by walking around your neighborhood, a park or running track before heading to the trails. When you can walk at least two miles without getting too tired, then you can take it to the next level and start hiking.

What to Wear When Hiking


How you dress for hiking depends on the weather. If it's a warm day, wear shorts or jeans and a t-shirt. If the weather is colder, dress in layers. Wear jeans, a t-shirt, a long sleeved t-shirt over your t-shirt and a light jacket. As you hike, you can shed a layer if you start to get warm. If it's very cold, you can wear a heavier jacket.
Be sure your feet are comfortable and supported. Some hikers prefer hiking boots. Others (including myself) have never been able to find a comfortable pair of hiking boots which doesn't give them blisters every time. If hiking boots aren't comfortable for you, try walking shoes or a pair of sneakers. Don't wear flip flops or sandals.
Here are some more tips on hiking for the first time:

What to Bring on a Hike


Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray. Even if it's cold out, you can still get a sun burn if the sun is out. Be sure to spray yourself with sunscreen and bug spray before heading out. Pack the bottles of sunscreen and bug spray inside your backpack in case you need to reapply
Be sure to bring a bottle of water and a light snack no matter what the temperature is. You need to stay hydrated and may get hungry. If you're going on a long hike, you may want to pack your lunch.
Don't forget your camera. You will see gorgeous views, and you won't want to miss these pictures.

How To Stay Safe While Hiking


Before you start hiking, be sure to tell a family member or friend where you're going and how long you expect to be. If there is a trail registry, be sure to sign it. Forest rangers check the registries to be sure everyone is off the trail for the night.
Bring a map with you and your cell phone. However, if you are going on a steep hike such as up a mountain, you may not get cell service.
Trails are usually marked easy, moderate or strenuous. If you're new to hiking, stick with the easy trails for the first few times you go.
Stay on the marked trails at all times. Trails are usually color coded. For example, if you are hiking the blue trail, look for trees or rocks spray painted with a splash of blue. Some trails are marked with color coded dots or ribbons tied around trees.
As you hike, you may see a deer, rabbit, bird or other forms of wildlife. Most are harmless and will scurry away if they see you. However, if you see an animal acting sick, aggressively or strangely, avoid it and report it to the forest rangers. The animal could be rabid.
If you take the time to prepare for a hike, you should enjoy it and reach your destination safely. Just don't forget the camera.

Here is an article I did on mountain climbing:

Here is one I did on canoeing:
Here is one I did on kayaking:
Here is one I did on a great place to hike:Watkins Glen

Attribution


The video came from You Tube.
I took the pictures myself. The first two were taken at Mt. Dorr in Maine while the last one is at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.
I used my own experiences as a hiker plus some common sense tips in this article.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Sep 2013 (#)

such beautiful pictures Connie...and great advice...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. Hiking is wonderful to do.

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author avatar drrajeevddn
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Informative Post and good images, Nice Post :)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, drrajeevddn. I hope I encourage people to get out and try it.

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author avatar Carol
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Walking and hiking are great, love your images Connie

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author avatar Connie McKinney
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carol.

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author avatar Retired
13th Sep 2013 (#)

I love the pictures. This is a lovely informative post.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jackalyn Ann. I think Maine and Upstate New York are two of the most beautiful states in the whole United States.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Sep 2013 (#)

I agree with you Connie and great piece on the great outdoors! I love an autumn in Maine

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Sep 2013 (#)

Me, too, Fern.

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