To learn how pack like sardines, read more
To learn how pack like sardines, read more
Hiking is one of those outdoor sports that's great for late summer and early fall, when warm weather begins to cool. When you go for a hike, it's a great idea to go with someone who has trekked the trail or mountain you're planning to hike. You need some durable hiking boots and some wicking socks to go with them.
You're also going to need a comfortable pack to hold your water and gear. Check out this Kelty Range Daypack. Like the name suggests, this pack has a whole range of uses. There's a roomy, padded main compartment that features an interior sleeve that can be used to carry a hydration reservoir (like one from Platypus), a journal or laptop.
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If you love to camp, you'll love backpacking. Basically instead of packing all your stuff in your car and driving to your campsite, and enjoying nature with people all around you, you pack all your gear into a backpack and hike to a remote and way more private location. No neighboring campers playing acoustic versions of their favorite Metallica tunes until the wee hours of the morning.
I would start off slowly and just do an overnight trip. There is a lot less food and water to pack if you are only going for an overnight. I tell you though, chances are high you are going to love it and start planning longer and longer trips. Serious backpackers go for weeks at a time.
Before heading out, it's a good idea to get a book on the basics of backpacking like Backpacking: One Step at a Time ($18.05). It'll give you life-saving tips on how to enjoy yourself in the wilderness, and how to have the least impact on the environment.
Having good gear is essential and you'll need lightweight hiking boots (sneakers are not sturdy enough when you're carrying extra weight on your back), and a good sized backpack. Since you're carrying all your stuff, you want to carry only what you NEED, and you want to get lightweight versions of everything. You'll need a lightweight tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. You'll also need enough food for your trip as well as layers of clothes - warm stuff because it can get cold at night.
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I love to get an early start in the morning when I am planning an all day hike up and down a mountain. The air is cooler in the morning and there are less people on the trail. Since I plan to be out for at least 4 hours, maybe even 8 hours if I am feeling really ambitious, I need more than just water in my day pack.
I made this widget - it's a list of day hike essentials. Check it out.
You can create your own Fit List and then Build Your Own Widget to share on TeamSugar.
Fit's Tips: I always pack my lunch and snacks in a plastic grocery bag and when I'm done, I use the bag for my trash and any I find on the trail.
I am so psyched for the warm weather so I can go trail running and hiking. What's a girl to do when she gets thirsty though? I hate carrying a huge pack just so I can have my water bottle, but now I don't need to. Check out the Mountainsmith Dart.
It's a lumbar back, so it fits snug against your lower back, but it's lightweight (3 oz), so it won't cause any strain. The waistband is adjustable, and there's also a little zippered pouch so you can keep your LARABARs, cell phone and digital camera safe and sound.
The best part is that it comes with a 20 oz water bottle, and it's tilted sideways for easy removal. Not only that, but Blush Pink is just one of the colors you can choose since the Dart also comes in Cobalt, Evergreen, Green Mist, Lime, Lotus Blue, Powder Blue, and Rio Red. Buy it through the Rock Creek website for $15.95.
If you are into doing anything outdoors, you've got to have a Camelbak. It's an easy way to make sure you've always got your water with you.
Using the Camelbak keeps your water much more accessible so you are apt to drink as much water as you need.
It's a pack that has a reservoir pouch that holds the water. And there's a little tube that goes from there all the way up to your shoulder. To get the water out, you bite down on the end and suck - it's like a big straw - it's so easy.
But won't my water freeze? Nope. Camelbak makes insulated packs like this one so your water is protected from the cold. It's called the Sugar pack. You know I love that!!!