Some like hiking only in the winter, through the heavy squeaky snow, some like the spring hikes when the sun doesn’t burn that much, some like hiking even when the summer sun burns in the middle of the day.
No matter your preference on hikes, if you tried winter trails and summer trails equally so far, you should know that some rules apply only for summer hiking. For a beginner, it might seem that the hiking boots mean the world on a summer hike. Nevertheless, you can go ahead and check one of the best selections on women's hiking boots here. For an experienced hiker, it’s obvious by now that, in order to have a good summer hike, some rules need to be followed.
On a summer hike, it’s common to get carried away, to pace up the rhythm and not pay attention to all the rocks or ponds you meet. Therefore, ankle spray occur quite often when summer hiking. Take good care when you climb down the rocky trails, especially if you are tired- the risk raises. To avoid this type of incident, use a cane that helps a lot when the trail gets more complicated.
Get a good pair of boots when summer hiking. Adapted to the rocky trails, the boots should feature a thick sole, non slippery, ideally it should be shock proof, comfortable, slim and high enough to give support to the foot and leg. Go for mid boots, one size bigger that the usual- your feet might get swollen. It’s more than obvious that cotton socks should be used when summer hiking.
It’s better to be safe than sorrow, right? Prevent therefore the aches and muscular pains by not forcing yourself over the limits when summer hiking. Go slowly, especially in the first half of hour.
There is a good posture and a good walk that should be embraced when summer hiking. Even though you have your own rhythm, find it first without „stealing” it from your hiking pals. Stand up straight, rise yourself by keeping your shoulders low and suck your belly in .Avoid as much as you can to arch yourself.
Since you swing your arms a lot to keep the rhythm with your legs, keep your belly contracted to avoid having your torso balancing from wright to left.
Concentrate on your breathe. As you move, it should be thoracic as this holds the abdominal belt contracted and protects your bottom.
No summer hiking should be happening without water. Hydrate yourself regularly –you do need a constant water supply. Bring on your summer hiking dry fruits, cereal bars to boost up your energy on the trail.
Take care at the mountain sickness. Once you went up the 200m altitude, this sickness might appear. You may get a headache, feel breathless and very tired as well. If you go through any of these signs, you must stop immediately and climb down.
Even though some enjoy summer hiking alone, avoid doing it by yourself. Take your team mates, your friends, spread the word about your hiking trails and take a mobile phone with you. Hiking alone is only for the best experienced hikers!
Some pieces of advice:
- Many people overestimate their physical ability - because they think that if they can walk, they can go hiking.
- Do not engage in a difficult hike (long, physically demanding, isolated, etc.) with individuals with whom you have not hiked before - even if they are longtime friends or acquaintances. I advise you to first test the group on an easier hike. People have very different perceptions in relation to their abilities.
- It is necessary to adapt the difficulty of the route to the physical condition and individual experience, do not overestimate yourself.
- It is essential to identify the specific difficulties of the route such as the rivers to cross, the steep passages to climb...
- If you have little experience, do a lot of planning ahead.
- Always base the pace of the hike on the pace of the slowest person in the group.
- The length of the hike can be estimated based on the distance only for easy trails and at low altitude.