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Hike it up - The Trail, That Is

Hiking is one of the best things you can do to get your heart pumping and your muscles working. You don't have to hike a mountain in order to call it a "hike." If bad knees are your problem, stick to level ground. Going downhill really does a number on your joints.
Tips for a smooth hike...

Hike with a Friend - Never hike alone. There's safety in numbers. Speaking of numbers, it's a great idea to carry cell phones in case someone gets separated or hurt.

Plan Ahead - Know the terrain. Get a copy of the trail map so you know what to expect. A Hand-held GPS isn't a bad idea either.

Dress accordingly - Wear waterproof hiking boots that are high enough to protect your ankle. If it's cold out, wear lots of layers. Once you get moving, you'll quickly want to shed the warm stuff so you don't overheat.

Pack - Carry a comfortable lumbar pack or backpack. Fill it with a big bottle of water, first-aid kit, snacks like trail mix and granola bars.

Fit's Tips: Don't forget to bring a lightweight camera to save all your memories.

Join The Conversation
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Hiking and camping do not have to be about "roughing it." The inflatable mattress is a rock solid idea. Warm weather's great for packing less, but I can't stand mosquitoes buzzing n my ear. Hand and foot warmers are great too if it's cold out. No need to be miserable. It's supposed to be fun, remember? Do what you have to to be as comfortable as possible.
daltan daltan 10 years
Nothing beats camping and white water rafting! I prefer to go when it's hot out. That way, I dont't need to pack a lot of clothes.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
hehe, cravin, i'll totally camp for you! :) have you tried using self-inflating mattresses? they're pretty fluffy and they compress into really small and light things so you can take them backpacking.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
You're right about the cotton. It doesn't do much for ya. You've just inspired me to write about thermals and warm clothing. People have the right to know. Thanks bluejeanie.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I love hiking, but blurjeanie you can do the camping for both of us...I am all about the campfire and fun, but when it comes to sleepy time, I can't sleep on the ground... I'm all in.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
for winter/fall/early spring camping and hiking, try not to wear too much cotton. when cotton gets wet, it doesn't retain your body heat and you can easily catch hypothermia. wool will keep you warm, even when it's soaking wet. it does get stinky though, hehehe man, i love camping, i would do it every weekend if i could afford it.
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