6 tips for aspiring hikers
Hiking is a popular activity for those who live in the mountainous regions of South Africa. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. You can take in the beautiful local scenery and get some good old-fashioned exercise without having to go to the gym. It’s a win-win situation. And if you haven’t been hiking before, it’s something you should definitely try.
But before you head for the hills, here are six tips for aspiring hikers.
Choose your trail wisely
You’re a beginner and you must remember that. So, you obviously can’t jump straight into a full-day hike with your more experienced friends. Look up online any hiking trail you plan on exploring. You should easily be able to find out how strenuous it will be and how long it will take.
Wear the correct gear
You don’t need to invest in the latest and most expensive hiking gear just yet, especially if you’re just spending an hour or two walking up the mountain. But you should definitely not be wearing a pair of flip flops. Hiking boots are a good investment if you plan on taking hiking seriously.
If you buy hiking boots, wear them in
Wearing brand new hiking boots on your first trip up a mountain is never a good idea. Instead, walk around the block in them first and see how they feel. This should make them a bit more comfortable. Also make sure you buy hiking boots big enough to wear with thick socks.
You don’t want to burn and if you don’t wear sunscreen, chances are you will. Even on overcast days, the sun can be harsh on bare skin. You should also make sure to have some Ingram’s aloe vera cream waiting at home in case you do end up getting burned. This will help soothe the skin.
Bring a hat
Heat stroke is a serious threat, especially when the sun is out in full force. And if the sun is shining directly on your head, you’re in danger. Wearing a hat is a must and not just on hot days. Heat stroke can leave you feeling ill, dehydrated and exhausted.
Don't forget to bring enough water. Check how long the hike usually takes and bring enough water to last double that time. You may take the wrong path and end up lost. Running out of water is one of the worst things that can happen on a hike. It’s important to stay hydrated at all times when you’re hiking.