Tips to Prepare for your First Long Distance Hike

Tips to Prepare for your First Long Distance Hike

Preparation and planning are both extremely important when you set your sights on Yellowstone national park hiking or in any other setting for that matter. Without the proper food, equipment, medical supplies, and information you can end up with an unpleasant experience at a minimum or with injuries or worse at most. However, by following the five tips below you can help ensure that your hiking trip is safe and fun as it should be.·

Research the area you’ll be hiking: You’ll want to know as much about the area in which you’ll be hiking before you start out on your trip. For example, Yellowstone National Park has 1,100 miles of trails and a 132-foot waterfall. And novice hikers may not know that Yellowstone’s hiking trails range from easy to advanced. Next, you will want to know about the weather, trail closures and rules and regulations before you set out. This information will help you to plan your trip and map out your route.·

Come prepared: Regardless how easy or difficult the trail you decide to hike is, you should always bring certain items with you on your trip including: map and compass, first aid kit, multipurpose tool, flashlight, extra food, the appropriate clothing, matches, a space blanket for insulation or shelter, water, etc.·

Start challenging your physical limits: Carrying all of the above equipment around with you for several miles can be quite demanding even if you are already in good shape. We suggest you prepare for your hike by walking or jogging up and downhill in order to increase your endurance levels. (Of course, you will want to consult with your doctor before undergoing such a rigorous training program and before hiking for any great distance.). Elliptical trainers, climbing machines and stair steppers can also be useful in preparing you for a long distance hike. ·

Take care of your feet: Make sure you have a good pair of boots or shoes comfortable and designed for hiking. Your choice of shoes/boots should provide adequate cushioning, be breathable, not retain too much moisture and should be warm without being stifling. · Have a plan and equipment in place for illness or injury: Never undertake any bike ride or hike without bringing a first aid kit with you.

Finally, adventures vacations are supposed to be fun but they should also be safe and by following the above tips you can get the most out of our National park hikes or our cycling tours.

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