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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
The great outdoors! Hiking across vast areas of the countryside has a huge appeal to many of us. Fresh air, open spaces, away from the annoyances of modern life. But there are a few things you should always be aware of, to avoid making mistakes while hiking!
Why Go Hiking Anyway?
Listen, many of us hate to admit it, but we work long hours in cramped spaces feeling rather stressed. John Beye of Outdoorsr.com suggests the outdoors “may even begin to feel like home” which sounds like a magical escape from the cubicle office! The pull of the outdoors is getting away from it all.
Tips For Hiking Safety
But what mistakes are there which could cause issues while out hiking? The last thing you want is to get in any dangerous situations or cause yourselves any harm. Here are a few tips to make sure your hiking trip is a pleasant one and not a scary affair!
Wear The Right Shoes
A hugely common mistake when hiking is not wearing adequate shoes or boots for a long journey. Starting a hike in a standard sneaker will only get you so far! You will probably end up with blisters and soaking wet feet. Hugely unpleasant. Make sure you source some proper hiking boots for your trip - and break them in before you leave!
Pack For Every Eventuality
Underpacking is a huge mistake when hiking. Firstly you need to be prepared for all weather types. It may be sunny and mild when you leave, but in some areas temperatures can change rapidly - not to mention the constant threat of rain! Be prepared with waterproofs and warm clothes.
Also, make sure to pack everything you need for an emergency. If you get an injury you need to be able to apply a basic treatment. If you end up lost and out for far longer than planned, you may need supplies for the night!
Learn To Read Maps
Another common issue people may encounter is their inability to read maps. Even if you are an experienced user of maps, make sure you have the right ones for where you are heading. Also, check over the maps before you leave to familiarise yourself with your planned route, landmarks, and other important spots along your journey. Knowing these things ensures you know you are in the right area if lost.
Though there’s usually no need to fear wildlife, being completely unaware is certainly a mistake. Make sure you know which animals may be in the area you’re hiking in, and understand how they behave. Pay attention to smells and noises while you walk, helping you know where wild animals may be. Never wear headphones, or walk alone in particularly dangerous areas. These tips will keep you alert and aware of which animals may be nearby.
Hopefully, these tips are useful for you when it comes to staying safe while on a hike. A few simple steps can ensure you have a great time whilst out in nature, and not have any issues. Follow these and enjoy your walking!
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