Tips on Hiking Forest Reserves
Planning makes a huge difference between having a great hike experience and a dangerous experience that may have one hospitalized. The descent makes the entry into a world where preparation and planning, self-reliance and good choices can make are pertinent and one important thing to remember is never to hike alone, know one’s destination and how to get there, know where the water source is at, get the weather forecast, never overestimate one’s capabilities and to hike intelligently because the hiker is responsible for their own safety as well as that of the other people in the hiking team.
It is vital to remember to be kind to oneself by knowing one’s abilities and choosing a suitable hike and in most cases the person will be hiking at a high elevation in hot, desert conditions that have a steep climb out at the end of each day and it is a known fact that anyone that hikes in a canyon for the first time states that it was tougher than they expected. A good fact to state is that if the person has asthma, hypertension, knee and back problems, any heart condition or any other medical conditions they need to limit both exertion their exposure to heat because the strenuous climbing, the altitude, dehydration and the inner heat of a canyon will combine aggravate any medical condition thus the person should stay within their training, abilities and physical limitations.
The person has to be a light weight because the less they carry the more they will enjoy the hike thus they should travel as light as possible and the only heaviest items in the pack should be food and water and they should use hiking sticks to take the pressure off their legs and wear fitting and broken-in hiking boots. The individual can also bring a lightweight flashlight and a spare batteries and a bulb, wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to shield against the sun and they should also bring a compass, map, signal mirror or whistle, water purification tablets and a first aid kit and they should note that all trash has to be carried out of the canyon.
It has to be stated that the person should avoid huffing and puffing and the can know that they are walking at a good speed if they are able to talk while walking and this is a good indicator that means that the body is getting adequate oxygen when there is no huffing and puffing. Keeping a good pace enables the person to be able to walk and talk which means that the legs and the body is getting the needed amount of oxygen and it also reduces the strain on the body because the lesser the metabolic waste products the body generates the better the person will feel and the more they will enjoy the hike.