When I first gave a thought on hiking, I felt, how hard it can be! Is it just walking with putting one foot in front of others, right? But after my first experience, I learned that not everything is as it seems from away. Like any other things, without proper trail hiking tips and guide, it can become tough.
Of course, hiking is one of the most exciting and enjoyable things in the earth for the hikers like me. But that is only if you have proper knowledge on hiking trails and know how to avoid different troubles on the trail. Guide, tips and the experience are your best friend when you are hiking on rougher trails.
We will discuss some tips and short guides to follow gradually with some steps. These are
Locating hiking trails from the road can be a simple process or a challenge. Well-known parks and hiking areas generally have prominent signs or other information which indicate trailheads quite clearly. In other places, trails may be
poorly marked along the road. Occasionally you need to consider a proper amount of searching. A good guidebook which includes precise directions for finding trails can help immeasurably here.
Most of the hiking that’s done in this country involves following marked trails. In certain areas, however, hiking trails that don’t have marks and are easy to follow.
Oof trail,l travel is another way of hiking. This is another option for adventuresome hikers. Especially, in open areas such as in the desert where one isn’t hindered by dense vegetation.
Commonly the trail has an indication by intermittent paint blazes on trees or rocks. Sometimes, metal or plastic markers are used, nailed to the trees. In areas above timberline or where there are no trees, the trail has the marks of “cairns,” or small piles of rocks.
It’s important to develop the habit of watching for trail markers and other indications that you’re on the intended path, especially when hiking alone. This will allow you to hike with safety and also, in the same time enjoy your hiking.
Such a habit becomes unconscious with experience, requiring little expenditure of energy, and doesn’t need to distract from the enjoyment of hiking.
While some unmarked trails are easy to follow, others will present particular challenges, especially those which are overgrown or pass through rough terrain. It’s best to forgo hiking on such trails unless or until you have lots of hiking experience.
Many of us have spent our lives walking almost exclusively on flat surfaces. Walking on irregular natural terrain, which may include rocks and tree roots, is obviously a somewhat different matter.
One need balance and most of us acquire this with experience. It’s sensible to go slowly over rough areas. Some rocks and tree roots and old logs may be damp or wet and slippery, and whenever possible you may want to find footing around such obstacles. Otherwise, it’s best to step very cautiously, putting your full weight down only when it’s clear that an object or surface will hold you.
If you trip, slip or stumble, you’ve probably been proceeding too fast for existing conditions or haven’t been paying enough attention to what’s underfoot. When the trail is rough it’s necessary to look or glance down nearly constantly.
You should also have proper planning and information on the temperature of the environment before planning the hiking trip. If you are planning for hiking in the desert, you should take proper precaution for surviving the heat in the desert and rough environment.
Though one normally walks in a fully erect posture while hiking, when the footing is especially uncertain it’s sensible to crouch a bit, lowering your center of gravity and reducing the likelihood of falling.
On the most difficult trails, you may occasionally even need to get down on all fours to proceed safely-for example, when crossing a jumble of angular rocks or boulders, which could be slippery or have few footholds, or when it’s necessary to crawl through a narrow passage or tunnel.
Just as on a rough trail, on an especially steep trail it’s advisable to stay very close to the ground. So, if you should lose your balance, there would be a minimal distance to fall. Descending tends to be more hazardous than ascending and requires special care.