Top 10 Essential Tips to Keep in Mind When Hiking – The New Paltz Oracle – SUNY The New Paltz Oracle

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Let me start this by saying, I’m not a hiker. I would never willingly put on a pair of hiking boots and gear up to trek up a mountain. However, I somehow asked my boyfriend if he wanted to go on a hike every Wednesday this semester, and I haven’t regretted it yet.

I’ve actually begun to look forward to our weekly hikes, and in this whirlwind of excitement, I present to you the top 10 things I’d recommend before embarking on your next hike.

10) Have A Pair of Hiking Boots

On my first hike ever, in October of 2021, I absolutely destroyed my high-top converse. Since then and in preparation for my weekly hikes, I’ve purchased a sturdy pair of hiking boots. They’ve really made a world of difference and I find it so much easier to navigate the trails with them.

9) Wool Socks

My boyfriend is an avid hiker of the Hudson Valley and has passed along many tips to me, but this is a game changer. Although more expensive than regular socks, a sturdy pair of wool socks insulates so well that your feet are literally never cold. I highly recommend them, even for just walking around our brisk campus.

8) Layers

As the weather has been particularly cold and our hikes are at the break of day before the sun warms the Earth, the temperature is inconsistent. I’d recommend layering up your outfit for the hike and bringing a backpack to put excess clothing in when it gets too toasty. It’s always better to have the option of shedding a layer than feeling overheated on the side of a mountain.

7) Snacks

Packing snacks for your hike is essential. Some of my favorites are goldfish and Pop Tarts. Easy to pack and easy to eat, plus they’ll keep you going after your eat them.

6) AllTrails

The app, AllTrails is really a lifesaver when it comes to hikes. You’re able to see the difficulty of each, reviews from other hikers, the trail map, and so much more all on your smartphone. I think the future of hiking is in AllTrails and it’s …….

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