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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
You can get several physical and mental benefits from hiking, such as getting stronger bones to prevent osteoporosis, as well as relieving you from the stress that can cause anxiety. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that you need to exert a physical effort in the trek while enjoying nature and the outdoors. If you are embarking on your first hike, below are some tips to make it successful.
1. Start Easy
One of the primary things that you can do to ensure that you will have a successful first hike is to start easy. This entails the need for you to find a trail that is appropriate for your fitness level, neither too easy nor too challenging. A trail that proves to be too easy may be quite boring, while a trail that is too challenging may discourage you from hiking in the future. In parallel to this, also pick a pace that you can stick to for you to save your energy. In choosing where you will hike, make sure to check the weather too because the weather forecast can serve as your guide on what you need to bring, as well as what type of clothes you need to wear.
2. Pack the Essentials
To ensure that your first hike will be successful, you need to keep in mind to pack the essentials that you need for the trek. Some of the things that you need to bring include your navigation such as your map or compass, illumination such as a headlamp or a flashlight, fire sources like matches or lighters, as well as first aid supplies and repair tools. As much as possible, go for lightweight hiking gear to ease yourself from needing to carry a heavy load throughout the trek. Remember to pack some food and water to get you fueled up for your hike as well.
3. Function Over Fashion
Another thing that you can do for a successful first hike is to prioritize function over fashion. This means that you need to wear the right shoes and socks, as well as the appropriate clothes for the hike. In this case, wear clothes made from synthetic materials rather than cotton because the latter tends to stay damp as soon as you start to sweat. It is also a good idea to wear layers of clothing that you can add or remove as necessary. Thinking about how you look should just come after.
4. Follow Trail Etiquette
Even if you are a beginner in hiking, make sure that you already follow one of the most important trail etiquette, which is leaving no trace. This means that you need to pack your trash as you go. It also means that you need to respect wildlife and be considerate of other hikers.
In conclusion, the tips mentioned above are geared to ensure that you will have the ultimate experience on your first hike. Aside from this, make sure to let someone know of your hiking plans for your safety. Soon you will find that hiking can indeed do wonders, not only for your mind and body but for your soul as well.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV