It sure has been a long and difficult year! With various lock downs, and quarantines; the inability to move about freely, has caused many to feel a little claustrophobic; a day-hike might just be the remedy.
With spring in full bloom, and many of the Covid-19 restrictions lifted, there is no better time than now, to start planning your getaway into the great outdoors.
PLAN YOUR HIKE
Planning a Day Hike might just be the first step getting outdoors. There are many State Parks with designated hiking trails available. A quick search will reveal possibilities near your location.
If you have been inactive all winter, like most of us, then you may want to start with a moderate hike; in other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew! A 15-mile hike over rough terrain, may a little more than you bargained for; start out small and work your way up.
PREPARATION IS KEY
Preparation for your trip is important too. Nature can be unpredictable, so spend the extra time and make sure you are prepared before heading out. Consider the following checklist:
- hiking boots / shoes
- trail map (sometimes cell reception can be sketchy)
- GPS / Compass
- cell phone
- knife / multitool
- small first aid kit
- snacks / water
- extra clothing / jacket
- thermal blanket (these are small and lightweight and can be a life-saver)
The list here, is only a suggestion; as you prepare for your outdoor adventure, you may think of other items to toss in your pack. Being prepared can be the difference between having a memorable adventure, or fighting for your life in the wilderness.
KEEP A JOURNAL
I would also suggest that you find room for a Compact Journal to take along. Getting outdoors can be exhilarating, even inspirational, and having a place to record favorite places along the way, wildlife encounters, GPS way-points, and your thoughts of the day, can be of great value when you get home.
We can help with that. We have developed a Day-Hike Journal; small enough to fit in your day-pack, but with enough room to record every important step along the way. It even contains helpful tips should you become lost, and a comprehensive checklist to review before heading out.
We have other Adventure Journals for all your outdoor journeys; take a look!