For the most part, hiking is walking. Pretty much anyone can do it and improve their mind and body through exercise, fresh air, and open spaces. There some special skills that may come in handy for certain situations you might encounter on your hiking trips. Take a few minutes to read up and you just might enjoy your next hiking experience a bit more.
Learn the basic pacing, resting, and rhythm skills for an enjoyable hike.
Take care and cross rivers and streams the right way, or not at all.
Prepare for treks over 9000 feet and recognize problems early for safe recovery.
Besides taking extra water, learn other valuable skills and tips for beating the heat.
Cold weather requires more clothes, more food, more time, pretty much more of everything. But, its a special time that rewards the determined hiker with rare views of the wild around us.
Pay special attention to the impact you have on the environment. You may be surprised how a little care can make a big difference for many years to come. Learn how to minimize the effects of your passing through the land.
Jun 02, 2013 - James Girardeau
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