Embarking on a hiking trip and getting out into the fresh air is a great way to connect with your friends and enjoy the great outdoors.
However, to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time in the mountains, you need to make sure that you plan in advance. From packing the right gear to wearing the right clothes, bringing the necessary equipment and choosing the ideal location, there is a lot to consider when you are planning a hiking trip.
Whether you are planning a single-day hike or you are packing up your tents and heading out on a multi-day adventure, you need to ensure that you and your hiking companions are adequately prepared. Weather conditions can change quickly and if you lose your way or run into any unexpected issues, you will need to know you have what you need to survive until help can reach you. With the right planning and preparation, you can ensure a safe time for you and your hiking group on the trails.
Let’s take a look at a few key thongs you need to consider when planning the perfect hiking trip.
Choose The Right Trail
Before you tie up your laces and hit the trails, it’s important to spend some time researching your route. You want to choose a trail that you and your group will be able for. Look at the gradient of the trails, assess any potential hazards and consider what facilities will be available on or near the trail if you need them. Knowing what to expect on the day of your hike will ensure that you are fully prepared for any eventuality.
Depending on the distance your chosen route covers, you may need to take a different approach. Taking on the 45km Six Foot Track in NSW for example typically takes three days, while the 6km Kings Canyon Rim Walk in NT will only take three to four hours. Knowing how far you will be going, will allow you to better prepare for the hike ahead and ensure that you and your group have the skills to complete the trail.
Whether you are hiking for a few hours or a few days, you need to ensure that you pack the appropriate equipment. Wearing lightweight breathable clothing is essential in ensuring that you are protected from the elements and that you stay comfortable. Good waterproof clothing, a headlamp and emergency blanket should always be packed to help you deal with the unexpected. If you are going on a long walk or tackling technical terrain, you may need to carry additional equipment and supplies.
Consider The Conditions
The climate in Australia is varied. From the alpine feel of the Blue Mountains to temperate rain forests and stark desert landscapes, Australia has a diverse range of terrains and climates that must be considered. Always check the local weather forecast before you go so you are ready for whatever the weather decides to do during your time on the trails.
Have Enough Supplies
Be sure to pack enough food and water for the duration of your hike. It’s a good idea to bring some extra supplies too in case you run into trouble and you are stuck on the trails waiting for help to arrive. High-energy dry foods such as trail mix, granola bars, nuts and chocolate are all great energy sources. Staying hydrated is crucial so be sure to pack enough water for your group or ensure there is a water bottle refill point along your route.
Prepare In Advance And Set Out On Your Next Hike With Confidence
Taking the time to prepare in advance of your next hiking adventure will allow you to hit the trails knowing what to expect. Being properly prepared will allow you more peace of mind knowing you are ready for any situation. With you and your team confident in your preparations, you will be able to relax and enjoy your time on the trails.
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