Whether you’re heading off heli-hiking or just hitting the local trails, these are the hiking tips you should know.
Hiking tip #1: Boots are key
Always break in hiking boots before a trip. This has the added bonus of simultaneously helping you train for the trail. Choose waterproof, above-the-ankle boots.
Hiking tip #2: Pay attention to your feet
To prevent blisters, wear wool or synthetic-blend socks and listen to your feet — attend to hot spots immediately and remember to trim your toenails before a hike.
Hiking tip #3: Extend your legs properly
With each step, fully extend your leg so your skeleton — not your quad muscles — takes your full weight.
Hiking tip #4: Watch your step
Take small, flat-footed steps rather than large strides to ground your body, prevent muscle strain and maintain better balance, on both uphill and downhill sections.
Hiking tip #5: Water is your number one pal
Drink water via a bladder or water bottle to stay hydrated, and bring high-energy snacks.
Hiking tip #6: Wear clothing that breathes
Bring extra, breathable clothing layers to put on or take off as necessary to regulate body temperature. In the high country, it just might snow in July!