Mud can make the trail slippery and challenging to navigate, increasing the risk of slips, falls, and injuries. However, with the right approach and techniques, you can safely hike along muddy trails.
Trail braiding is a phenomenon that can have negative impacts on the environment, hikers, and wildlife. By understanding what it is and why it matters, we can take steps to prevent trail braiding and protect our wilderness areas for future generations to enjoy.
Hiking can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it is important to have the necessary skills and knowledge to stay safe. By mastering these essential hiking skills, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.
No everyone aspires to being an expert hiker. Take baby steps, don’t be afraid to ask for advice, be patient with yourself while you plan your hikes, develop your skills. Take time to refine them and practice, practice, practice.
Regardless of where you are in the wilderness, water is your most valuable commodity. If you don’t have water, you are going to need to find some, quick. Here are a few tips on How to Find Water on a Hike.
Apart from their beauty and interest, clouds can provide a useful indication of weather conditions, both current and approaching. Being able to recongise and interpret cloud formations is a vital skill to master when hiking.
Hiking safely across snow is an essential skill for many hikers and climbers as it is not the same as hiking on terra firma. Even if you don’t aspire to climbing peaks, it is definitely worth your time to learn how to kick good steps and travel with an ice axe.
Alpine climbing isn’t an easy task and requires resilience, determination and physical strength. Before you tackle an alpine climb, you will need to prepare your body and mind for the challenges you will face.
Sitting around a glowing campfire is one of the joys of camping, but with around ten per cent of bushfires caused by escaped campfires, it’s essential to follow the rules and do the right thing.
Many hikers have a love/hate relationship with walking uphill or downhill. It takes extra exertion, so you know it is probably doing good things for your body. The benefits make it worth the sweat, especially when you take the time to walk uphill with good technique.
On any hike it is important to focus on setting the pace and establishing natural rhythm that suits you or the slowest member of your group. Breathe smoothly, steadily and in rhythm with your pace and consider the following suggestions.