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Nov 19

More on National Hike Day!!

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 8:31 AM by Tiffany Miller

Hey Everyone,          

There is nothing I love more than being outside. Especially this time of year. The leaves are beautiful colors and the air is nice a cool. Fall is a gorgeous time of year to really discover the beauty in nature. What better way to discover that than to enjoy this week with National take a Hike day!!!

November 17th was take a hike day, but that doesn’t mean you have to celebrate it only one day a year. Hiking is a activity for everyone no matter your skill level you are on. Hiking or walking is a great exercise and is good for the soul. This is one of my favorite activities that you don’t even have to be good at. You are just putting one foot in front of the other and discovering the beauty around you.

I have hiked in a lot of beautiful places. I have hiked in beautiful National Parks and all different types of local parks. I have backpacked in Yosemite which was the trip of a life time. We hiked 5 miles in carrying everything we needed for the three day trip on our backs. We saw three bears and stood on the highest peaks in Yosemite. My heart exploded with joy as I experienced this trip of a life time. That was the hardest hiking trip I have ever been on, but it made me thirsty for more. Now you don’t have to start off your hiking experience on that level. You can start small by just walking outside. If you are wanting to start hiking/walking here are a few of my favorite tips that could help you along the way.

Tip #1

Make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you think you will be back. This is super important!! Even the most advance hikers have gotten lost or have hurt themselves very badly and no-one even knew they were gone. By telling someone you are going on a hike, you are letting them know your location and that you will contact them on your return. If for some reason you don’t contact them, they know to contact the police or parks and wild life. This tip could save your life!!

Tip #2

There are paths, routes, and trails in every state in America. The paths are enjoyed in national parks, nature preserves, and riverside parks. People hike, walk, and bike these trails nearly every day. Regardless of the type of path, location, or mode of transportation, it is important that everyone stay on the trails when they travel. This should be done to protect the people, plant life, and trails themselves. The last thing we want to do is damage those ecosystems and or damage a trail. It’s super important to stay on the trail.

Tip #3
There is nothing worse than seeing trash and litter all over our Parks and trails. Having trash all over not only damages the park but it hurts the wildlife and plants as well. It is our job to leave it better than we found it and pack out what we see. I have a great bag that I take with me everywhere from the company Deuter. It’s called a Deuter Dirtybag and it is a water proof bag that help you place trash in it until you can dispose of it in a trashcan instead of it being on the ground. It is a way to encourage you to leave no trace and help make the outdoors better and cleaner for everyone. This is a great way to get the whole family involved and teach your kids how to keep our parks and nature clean. Not only will it help you to leave no trace, but it will make you feel good knowing you did your part. Please pick up your trash!!

Tip #4

Pack the 10 essentials: The 10 essentials have gradually shifted from a list of items to a list of systems. These are the systems you should pack to stay safe in the outdoors, including facing a potential overnight. Depending on the length and remoteness of your hike, expand or minimize each system. For example, on a short summer hike near services, a compact emergency blanket should be fine. However, a remote winter hike would require something more extensive. Here are the 10 essential systems:

Ten Essential Systems

  • Navigation (map & compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Nutrition (extra food)
  • Hydration (extra water)
  • Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

This list may look daunting, but once you tailor it to your hike, it won’t be so bad. Many of these things are what you’d pack for a picnic

Tip #5

Dress for success: Once your feet are taken care of, dressing right is key to comfort on your hike. Skip cotton anything, it gets damp and stays that way leaving you feeling clammy and causing chafing. Instead go for synthetics. To easily adjust for your temperature and the weather, wear layers that you can add or shed as needed. Lastly, pack an extra warm layer beyond what you think you’ll need, preferably something that will block wind too.

Tip #6 

Keep it light. Okay, now that I’ve told you to pack all of this stuff, I’m going to tell you to keep your pack light. This means opting for the lightest of each item. For example, a travel size tube of sunscreen instead of the NoAd 16-ounce tube you found on sale.

Tip #7

Pace yourself.

When you first get on the trail, you may feel like powering forward like a hero. However, you’ll be a zero by the end of the day if you don’t pace yourself. Instead, pick a pace you can maintain all day. It might feel a little awkward at first, but after a few miles, especially uphill, you’ll be glad you saved your energy.

I really hope these tips help you enjoy your time outside more. There is nothing better than enjoying nature and being apart of the solution to help make it a great place for everyone. This is a great way to get off your screens and step outside and have an adventure with your family. Have a great time outside everyone 


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