If you’re new to hiking or want to go for your first hike but you’re not sure where to go or what to bring, check out the following pages with tips and advice for beginner hikers.
- First hike: tips for newbies
This is a great place to start with lots of information about hiking for beginners. It will help you prepare for your first hike. It covers preparing and researching where to hike, what sort of footwear and other gear you might need, what to eat and staying safe on the trails.
- First aid kit for hiking
I give you a peek inside my standard first aid kit. Some first aid stuff to bring hiking is obvious, but you might find something you hadn’t thought of before. Follow the boy scout motto and be prepared!
- Best ever hiking hacks
Even if you’re not a complete newbie, you might find something new among these exceptional hiking hacks I’ve collected over the years that really work. From drying your boots fast to deterring leeches, there’s sure to be a hack in there you’ve not heard of before.
- Top 3 hiking apps
There’s no need to be overwhelmed by technology and to spend hundreds on the latest GPS navigation tool when you’re just starting out on your hiking adventures. Here are three apps you can download to your mobile phone that will record and map your progress as you go, and if you’re a geek like me, pore over the data once you get home.
- Hydration bladder vs bottle
Should you take bottles of water on your hike or invest in a bladder? I look at the pros and cons of each to help you decide what will work best for you.
Just for fun, check out the image featured above and tell me what you think is wrong with it. I think he’s made some rookie errors. Here’s what I think is wrong with the image:
- His backpack is waaay too big. You don’t need such a big backpack for a day hike.
- He’s wearing shorts. I don’t recommend shorts when hiking – your legs get scratched, sunburt and bare legs offer no protection against snakes.
- He’s lost and is asking ‘Where the hell am I?’