Hiking 101 is one of the most popular activities nowadays but not all people are brave enough to try it. It takes guts, hard work, patience, and preparations.
Here’s the Hiking 101 A Guide for Beginners
For beginners, the first thing you need to do is make a research before hiking. Some of the important things to consider are the following:
Of course, you have to know what kind of mountain are you going to hike! Please take note that this is so important because not all the mountains are meant to be climbed especially if you’re a newbie. There are so many mountains in the Philippines that are good for beginners, just google the list and let the haunting begins!
Why do you want to hike?
Is it because you want to challenge yourself and face your fear? Or you want to take pictures and selfies with a majestic background and upload it to your social media accounts? To impress your friends? Or you just simply want to lose weight? People often forget to ask themselves this question before hiking that is why they give up so easily and promise themselves they will never do hiking again!
Please bear in mind that climbing a mountain is not a walk in the park. It will help you big time if you bring only what’s necessary.
Things to bring
Depends on what type of mountain are you going to hike. Some of the basic things that you need to bring are the following: (A) A good pair of trekking shoes or sandals (B) At least 2L of Water (C) Trail Food and/or Packed Lunch (D) Hat / Cap / Bandana / Poncho (in case it rains) (E) Gloves (optional) (F) Flashlight (optional) (G) Extra Clothes (H) Garbage Bag.
Leave No Trace
People need to practice the “Leave No Trace Policy” wherever they go and most especially in the mountains! Show some respect to our nature by simply not leaving your trash anywhere.
Remember, climb as if you’re having fun! It may be exhausting and will definitely leave you a body pain, but once you have reached the summit and captured the views from up there, it will definitely become your reason to plan your next hike and do that climb again!