GUIDE TO THE PERFECT HIKE

If hiking is on your mind this weekend, then what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, wear your shoes and set off!

But before you start off, make sure you plan out your hike. It can even be fatal to your life if you don’t plan out your hike before you leave.

The following are some tips that you can follow to plan an awesome hike this weekend.

Tip 1: Setting the mileage limit

Deciding the number of miles, you would walk is very important. This is required so that you don’t end up straining yourself and face fatigue and other such issues. If you have already hiked before, you would know your capacity and limits. If you are a beginner, then make sure you plan the number of miles you are walking, such that you don’t strain yourself. Never over estimate your abilities and be aware of your threshold. Be wise and make an honest look through of what you can do and what you can’t.

Tip 2: Choosing a companion

Choose a friend who would want to go on a hike with you. This will provide you with company and as well as more safety, as its always better to be in a group than alone. No matter how experienced you are don’t plan to go alone, as in any emergency it is always better to have a fellow hiker with you. It is however always a smart option to depend on an experienced hiker to aid to if you are a beginner and a novice in the art of hiking.

Tip 3: Selecting the trail

For selecting the trail first search among a large number of trails on google maps. Find some destination that interests you. Then select a suitable trail and route in order to reach the spot. Make sure the terrain isn’t too difficult to overcome but at the same time is challenging, and keeps you at wits end.

Tip 4: Selecting the spot to set up the camp

Decide on the spot you would like to go hiking. If you are a beginner there are a lot of things you have to keep in mind before choosing a spot:

  • Don’t try to be a macho and choose a rough terrain. Go for a spot that would be easier for you to walk for the first time. Make sure the terrain of where you are setting up camp is fairly level and elevated, in order to give you added protection in case of running into any wild animals like a bear or some raccoons
  • Select a path that has sufficient water bodies near it. Since running out of water should never be an option. But be aware if the region houses any aquatic predators like alligators, crocodiles and such.
  • Don’t choose a low-lying area in case of floods. Also during lightening or thunderstorms don’t set up on an exposed ridge. Try to find areas that naturally provide shelter.
  • Do not forget to follow the “Leave No Trace “principles, that is leave the site the way you found it. Don’t dirty or litter the area and make up a mess of the place before you progress.
  • Beware of wild animals and critter threats. Be aware of the kind of animals or creatures around the trail you chose. Take precautions to avoid them destroying your food or other fragrant item, by hanging them up on a tree away from arms reach.

Tip 5: Creation of itinerary

Sit down and create a well detailed plan of your hike, mentioning exclusively about the route you are going to follow. It should have details about your camping spots, the amount of time you are allotting for particular trails and how long you plan to stay at every camp spot.

Tip 6: Pack your bags

Do NOT ever go for a hike without packing a survival kit. Survival kits are basically to ensure your safety in any situation and to provide protection in case of emergencies. Survival kits meant for hiking and trekking are not supposed to consist of just bandages, creams and antibiotics. They are supposed to contain much more like water purification devices such as a life straw or a filtered flask, survival blankets, shelters, torches, camping heater, fire lighting kits, energy bars etc.

Make sure you carry the essentials but at the same time don’t overburden yourself in the process.

Keep light and travel lighter.

Tip 7: Review hike plan

Before you set out for the hike, make sure you review your trip plan with your fellow hikers and ensure everyone is comfortable with the trail and spots. Everyone must be well versed and thorough with itinerary and the plan of action of the hike.

Tip 8: Check the weather forecast

Don’t forget to check the weather updates of the area you plan to visit. You don’t want to go hiking on a rainy day, do you?

Make sure you pick days which have fairly clear skies, and isn’t blistering hot and sunny.

Tip 9: A copy with friend

Leave a copy of your itinerary with your friend. This way, in case if you are not able to reach back on time, he would you need help.

Tip 10: Awareness of surroundings

Be aware of your surroundings. The nature is a humble abode and a caring mother to all creatures alike, so we need to learn to respect that. The same mother who nourishes you can make harm you as well. Try to make as less of a noise as you can when you move around and not startle them with sudden actions or movements at all cost. An agitated animal is a dangerous and a formidable foe which one must avoid. Never try to provoke nor instigate and animal either, you may very well be putting yourself in harm’s way by doing so.

This about sums up the important do’s and don’ts, the next time you go hiking.

Keeps your eyes peeled, senses sharpened and always be on your toes and on the lookout….

SAFETY GUIDE FOR HIKING

Hiking is an outdoor sport that anybody who loves adventure would enjoy. It is an activity that people of any age can do in tune to their capacity and limits. The thrill that you experience by just wandering off into the wild and enjoying the wildlife can’t be put to words. The beauty that unfolds before your eyes on setting up the camp on a peaceful spot is truly a sight to behold. Watch the sun drown across the horizon, painting the skies with mesmerizing shades of blood red, orange and crimson, which finally transcends into the dark surreal void of the night as you lay amidst the twinkling stars, would only make your hair, stand on end, and send goose bumps all across your skin.

But hiking is not just all thrill and adventure. You have to ensure you have taken the correct safety measures and precautions before you head out on a hike or trip. Or else there are chances that things may indeed turn perilous, if you don’t take proper measures.

Common careless mistakes are enough to put your life in danger

Following are some safety tips that you must follow to have a safe and fun filled hike.

  • There are ten things that you must carry whenever you head out for a hike. In this era of minimalistic luggage and light travel, this might seem unwanted. But it’s always better to be on the safer side than regret later. The ten hiking essentials that you must have with you are insulation, fire, hydration, nutrition, first aid, sun protection, navigation, repair kit and tools, illumination, emergency shelter.
  • Do not go off on a solo hike if you are inexperienced and new to hiking. This will just increase the chances of you risking your life. It’s always better to take someone along with you, it just means more company for you right?
  • You should know where you are headed. As long as you have a map or guidebook and you are sure you won’t get lost in the woods, it’s okay to improvise on your trail. Otherwise its best to stick to the original plan you drew out.
  • Check on the weather forecast before you leave for the hike. This will help you avoid any unwanted dangers like a thunderstorm or heavy rainfall. This will not just spoil your plans but also turn a little risky.
  • Don’t try to be all macho and try to go for a three-day hike when you haven’t even exercised for years. Understand your capabilities and limits and plan according to that. Don’t push yourself too hard and get stuck in a condition where you are not able to go any further be it uphill or downhill. Take a rest every hour even if you don’t feel the requirement. This will help you save up on energy. And anytime you feel over exerted take a good long break till you recover.
  • Being hydrated is one of the most important requirements of a hike. If you won’t drink water, you are just going to feel more dehydrated and tired that will increase the difficulty level of the hike. Your body requires water to function properly, so don’t deprive your body of its essentials.
  • Food is also as important as water. Do not ever hike on an empty stomach. Eat before and after your hike. Since you can’t carry too much food with you on the hike, try carrying energy bars which will provide your body with the carbs and energy it requires while hiking.
  • Dress appropriately while hiking. You might find this tip absurd and wonder why, but trust me this might just keep you safe when you least expect it. Dress in layers, this will help you to adjust to the surrounding climate and always carry raingear with you. You can never trust the weather, can you?
  • If you are feeling sick or exhausted and detect any injuries, make sure you tend to them before continuing. Don’t over exert your body. Take a break whenever you feel yourself tiring.
  • Don’t forget to carry your sunscreens with you even on a cold day. Hikers will be exposed to u-v rays as there are no trees to provide protection. So carry sunglasses and sunblock whenever you head out for a hike.
  • Make sure you have the right amount of illumination. You don’t want to go blind in the dark do you? Carry torches and extra batteries with you. They will help you find your way around in the dark.
  • Don’t touch or try to eat any of the wild fruits or leaves. You never know which fruit might be poisonous. And the last thing you would want is to die because of some wild plant like the guy in the movie,Into the Wild.
  • You should know how to start a fire. This will not just keep you warm but also help in keeping the wild animals away from your camp spot. A waterproof match would do the job.
  • Leave the site the way you found it, as making even the slightest change as shifting rocks might cause something as big as a rockslide. And remember not to leave any food on the trail as that will entice the wild animals which will lead to risking the lives of other hikers.
  • Leave a note with at least two of your friends describing about your plan and the timing you should be back by. So in case you don’t reach by they know they have to contact the required officials. This will help you in case you are in a middle of emergency.
  • Don’t try to threaten animals as they will tend to attack you. So maintain a good distance from them and only pelt stones and other things to shoo them off, if they don’t advance towards you.

 

So make sure you keep all these points in mind before setting off on a hike or trek.

Have a safe and fun filled hike.

HAPPY TREKKING GUYS!

GUIDE TO YOUR PERFECT HIKE SHOES

Want to go for miles and miles of trekking into the wild exploring the wildlife and the beauty of the nature around you?  But confused about the footwear? Do not worry you have come to the right place. This is the right guide you should follow before you select your shoes for the enthralling trek you are looking forward to.

Shoes play a very significant role during you trek. It can make your trek more comfortable or it can even be the deciding factor in making your trek very tiresome and gruesome.

Nowadays you can find various types of trekking footwear out there in the market. Below are few types of footwear listed out from which you can take your pick as per your wish and requirements.

  1. HIKING SHOES

They look a lot like the trail running shoes. These are lightweight and would not be able to carry much load. They are meant for short treks. These shoes will come to very good use in warm weathers and dry terrains. Some of the recommended shoes brands you can choose from are Salomon, Woodland and Weinbrenner.

  1. HIKING BOOTS

Hiking boots are hard rubber soled with their height at or above the ankle. They have a good lasting durability and are made of leather and other such materials. A general misconception most people have about boots is that they are quite on the heavier side, but many of the modern models that you find in the market just weigh around 2-3 pounds. These boots provide very good support for the leg muscles especially if you are hiking on rough terrains where you are more prone to slip and fall. These shoes are best when you go for day hikes and when you are carrying bag packs with weight more than 20-30 pounds.The recommended brands are Forclaz and Kingcamp.

  1. MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS

The mountaineering boots are specially designed for winter hiking and climbing, high alpine environments. The design and appearance of the mountaineering boots are similar to that of hiking boots, but these are bulkier and less flexible. These boots consist of multiple layers which are made of insulated inner lining, incorporated gaiters and waterproof lining. The crampons are secured using special ridges.

  1. APPROACH BOOTS

The design of the approach boot is more like the trail running shoes and hiking shoes. Approach shoes are designed to handle terrain that you are likely to encounter when you head out for climbing, which the hiking shoes can’t be used for although they are used as approach shoes. Approach shoes are specifically suitable for rock climbing destination, scrambling on rocky off trail surfaces or rocky peaks.

  1. EXPEDITION BOOTS

These boots are made especially for experienced trekkers who trek though tricky crossings, glacial traverses and so on. They are very high on comfort level. They have thick and more aggressive out soles and the fabric used in these boots are robust too. Your feet will be nicely cushioned due to the insole padding these boots offer. They are not designed to be the mountaineering boots but offer much more than the trek boots. The popular recommended brands are Forclaz and Sportiva.

 

The hiking boots have different components like the Uppers, midsoles, Internal support and Outsoles.

In the Uppers, the material of the boot will affect its durability, breathability, weight and resistance. Full grain leather, split grain leather, synthetics, waterproof membrane, nubuck leather, vegan, insulation are few of the types of materials whose shoes you can find in the market.

The midsole of a boot provide your feet with the cushioning it requires. It buffers the feet from shock and determines the boots stiffness. EVA and polyurethane are the common materials used for making the midsole

The internal support consists of shanks and plates. Shanks are inserts around 3-5mm in length which are sandwiched between the midsole and outsole to provide load bearing stiffness. Plates are thin semi flexible inserts which protect your feet from bruises and these are placed between upper soles and midsoles, below shanks.

All boot outsoles have rubber; some may have additives like carbon to boost the hardness. Harder the sole the more durable it is, but chances for you to slip also increase drastically.

These are the multiple types of shoes you will get to see in the market for various kinds of treks. After going through these types the next step is to select the proper footwear for yourself. So before choosing the right one you can keep these tips in your mind.

  1. Wear the right socks

Try to go more for the synthetic fabric socks rather than the cotton ones, as you might end up with blisters due to that. You can feel the footwear better with familiar and well fitted socks. You have to make sure you match the thickness of the socks with what you intend to wear.

  1. Don’t buy boots in a jiffy

Spend some time in the shoes when you go boot shopping. Take a stroll through the store wearing those shoes so that you a get a feel of the footwear. Try climbing few inclined surfaces to know how it will feel when you go uphill.

  1. The right fitting

It is always best to get your feet measured before you go for a size. The correct length width and volume would just make it easier for you to choose the correct shoe.

  1. Soles with good grip

Opt for shoes that have soles with really good grip. This would reduce your chances of slipping and hurting yourself when you are on the trek.

  1. Waterproof

We can never predict the weather conditions. It would have been a sunny day and the next minute we know we would be experiencing a heavy rainfall. We don’t want the extra weight of the water to carry with us, do we? So to avoid such issues, go for shoes that have waterproof coating.

  1. Lace knotting

Another strategy you can use for fitting of shoes is one with laces. The different ways you tie a lace can affect the fitting of the shoes. So next time, don’t forget to tie your laces in different styles before heading out on a hike.

 

That is all folks!

HAPPY EXPLORING!

Have You Ever Thought Of An Alternative Recycled Herb Planter?

I’ve seen herbs grown in an assortment of containers that have been recycled – jars, cans, bottles, cups, Grow Tent Kit. So when I saw dust particles all over my vintage letter holder, I chose to put it to good use. For some time now, I’ve wanted to grow herbs around my kitchen window on the grounds that it gets awesome light. Since the window ledge is excessively thin, I realized that my alternatives would have been to build a shelf across the window or something that would hang. This vintage letter holder ended up being the ideal arrangement as an alternative herb planter.

I thought the kitchen window was ideal for growing herbs. I even had pictures of it after it was planted and it was perfect. I don’t know why it feels so great to see that plants have all grown but somehow, it does.

This was a snappy and simple undertaking. The next action was to get some water gaps in every one of the openings. I ensured the gaps were not too big to let all the water leak away at once.

Next I cut bits of modest landscape materials to make soil pockets. I say ‘modest’ because the fabrics I used were very thin and breathable. I had to be sure the excess water could flow through the fabric so the plant roots would not rot. After a little bit of math, I figures how and what size to cut them into. This is what I did:

 

  • The length from bottom to top is the joint length of the back of the slot, front and bottom.

 

  • The focal point of the piece is the width of the opening, in addition to ¼ inch allowed for two 1/8 inch seams.

 

  • To get the bottom and top widths I utilized the accompanying equation: [(2 x width over) + (2 x width back to front)]/2. At that point add ¼ inch to allow for two 1/8 inch seams.

Honestly, it took me for a short time to make sense of that. I botched up the first and had to begin all over again. When I got the main pocket cut out effectively, I simply utilized it as a layout to cut the following two. After that, I folded it in the middle, pinned down the sides and sewed 1/8 inch seams.

The rest was simple. I put the plants into the pocket, threw in some soil and slipped them in to every one of the openings. My Parsley took the top slot, basil came next and finally the mint.

I can hardly wait to know and see what they’ll look like in my recycled herb planter in about a month from now.  Who could have guessed I could put my vintage letter holder to such good use?

I sure hope that by reading this, you may have been inspired to either grow herbs in your kitchen or try using a recycled planter for your herbs.