Going on hiking trips

Going on hiking trips

  • October 03, 2016

Hiking has become an adventurous hobby for the Lebanese community, though it has existed in its current form for some time, locally and abroad. Plus, hiking is simply an exhilarating experience that never gets old. Taking into consideration weather conditions, we would like to provide you with the following Do’s and Don’ts list so that your hiking trip goes according to plan.


Consult a guide

Hiking trips are usually organized weekly by outdoors activities groups, which make the whole process of preparing for such trips a lot easier. Make sure to ask all the right questions concerning requirements, length, and dangers, if any, of their hiking trips. A professional can take you through every single possible situation and how to prepare for them. With their help, you can avoid getting seriously hurt by keeping a first-aid kit at all times or trespassing on someone’s property by mistake by teaching you how to get a better sense of direction.    

Dress appropriately

The event organizers usually recommend various tips concerning dress code for hiking, but we’ve taken the liberty to give you a few pointers that will come in handy. For starters, don’t wear sneakers or walking shoes because they won’t support your ankles, and their soles are very likely to tear. Boots are a no-no as well, because they are too heavy for such activities, and will drain your energy as you work hard to lift them.

The right thing to do is wear hiking shoes, because they are sturdy and ideal for rugged terrain. Don’t wear shorts and risk getting all kinds of cuts and bruises from thorn bushes and rocks. Also, don’t wear baggy pants, unless you want to sweat profusely. Jeans are the right choice when hiking in a comfortable temperature and wool long sleeve shirts, which are very light, hide odors, and breathe well, are too.


Carry supplies

A night before your trip, write down a list of all the supplies you’ll need and cross them out right before you leave home and go on your adventure. Supplies in this case include anything that will restore your body’s spent water, glucose, and calcium, while also not slowing you down. Avoid anything that will melt or spoil in the heat, and try to keep the fluids cool so as to help reduce your body’s core temperature.


Don’t waste energy

It’s a bit difficult not to fool around with your friends in your very first hiking trip, because you want to feel free, but your careless actions can bring consequences. This can also get you tired too quickly, and weigh your teammates down. Also, carry a light bag with the necessary equipment for your trip to reduce energy waste.


Don’t underestimate the trip

Keep in mind that you will be spending a lot of time exposed to the sun, so it’s important to take a few breaks and stay hydrated. Your path will also take you uphill as well as downhill, so you will need to save your energy when needed and be more than certain that you’ll be able to go on such excursion or not. Hiking, apart from being a great experience, also tests your survival skills.

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