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The Best Gear & Tips for Fall Hiking Adventures

Reflection of mountains and trees in water, Moor Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

The Best Gear & Tips for Fall Hiking Adventures

With fall upon us, some of the best hikes are ahead, allowing us to view changing leaves and summit glorious mountain peaks. To help you prepare, we’ve assembled some essential gear guides and timely tips for your hiking adventures.

Know before you go:

Hiking is one of those things that is best not to “wing-it”. Check out your hike and route before you go. We like the app from Yonder or AllTrails (LINK) as they help to identify great hikes and provide maps and travel tips.

Insider Tip: Be sure to let someone know your hiking route and expected return time. If you end up changing your plans be sure to leave a note behind in your car, that way if you don’t show up they’ll know where to begin the search.

Pack It

Carrying your extra clothes, snacks and water take effort. Why not make it comfortable? Choose a pack that fits your back length and storage needs. We like the options from Osprey. LINK

Insider Tip:

Pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the pack. Your hips and lower back can accommodate the weight easier and it will keep your center of gravity even.

It’s all in the Boots…. And Socks

Nothing ruins a hike more than an ill-fitting pair of boots. Make sure to choose an option that fits your foot and intentions. Boots that are too tight or loose can cause friction on your feet and create blisters. Our favorites from Garmont LINK feature a wide toe box with room for your toes and great traction. Also, leave those cotton socks in the drawer, opt for wicking or wool to keep feet dry and irritation-free.

Insider Tip: Take the time to break-in your footwear before you head out on the trail. Your feet with thank you.

Got Blisters?- Be sure to pack first aid gear to address hot spots and blisters. We like the Blister Medic with the Moleskins and Glacier Gel for on trail treatment. Read more about our blister prevention tips here LINK

Are you Adventure Equipped?

When the unexpected happens, having survival supplies close at hand is key. The Survive Outdoors Longer® Survival Medic is compact, lightweight and easily slips into a pocket or pack. Inside the ultralight waterproof pouch is an Emergency Blanket, Fire Lite™ sparker, Tinder-Quik™ tinder, Slim Rescue Howler™ whistle, duct tape, and button compass. With this small kit, you can stay warm, build a fire and signal for rescue.

Insider Tip: Cell phones are often unreliable out in the woods. Don’t forget to pack extra clothing, food, water and gear in case you need to signal and wait for help.

Hydration is Key

Why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body need water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health. Make sure to drink water before you go and every 30 minutes out on the trail. Carry an insulated bottle like the one from RevoMax to keep liquids cool all day.

Insider Tip: You know you’re drinking enough fluids when your pee is light colored. Drink more if it’s dark and infrequent. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can increase dehydration. Read our primer on preventing dehydration here LINK.

After a long hike, relax and enjoy the view at the top!

 



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