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Hiking: Tips on Planning a Trip Outdoors

  By Trina Remedios  posted Mar 14th 2013 at 12:30PM IN | Avg Rating
Diet & Fitness


Hiking: Tips on Planning a Trip Outdoors

Planning a trip or even a short vacation can be confusing – which location, the cost of the trip and mainly of fitness enthusiastic what are the healthy options. Hiking and trekking are gaining popularity with city youths; heading out into the wild, bursting a sweat, challenging your self and pushing your limits is like a new drug for getting high. Hence we got the experts on outdoor activities, the Y.M.C.A. to share the main pointers on planning a trip. Y.M.C.A. are famous for organizing treks, camping and outdoor activities – so who better to gives us the tips.

Hiking: Tips on Planning a Trip Outdoors

Hiking and trekking makes for a quick outdoor trip and that’s exactly what most city dwellers opt for on weekends. It is also a great way to distress.

1) Route finding begins at home. Before heading out the door, you need to know not only the name of your wilderness destination but also a great deal about how to get there. The information is accessible to anyone who takes the trouble to seek it out, from guidebooks and maps and from people who have been there.

2) Prepare for each trip as if you were going to lead it. Each person in a climbing group needs to know wilderness navigation and must keep track of where the party has been, where it is, and where it's going.

3) In case of emergency, each climber must be able to get back alone. Climbers who have made the trip will tell you about landmarks, hazards, and route finding hassles. Useful details are packed into maps of all sorts: Forest Service maps, road maps, aerial maps, sketch maps, and topographic maps.

4) For a trip into an area that's especially unfamiliar, more preparation is needed. This might include scouting into the area, observations from vantage points, or study of aerial photos.

5) If the route comes from a guidebook or from a description provided by another climber, plot it out on the topographic map you'll be carrying along, noting junctions and other important points. It can help to highlight the route with a yellow felt-tip marking pen, which doesn't obliterate map features.

6) In selecting the route, consider a host of factors, including the season, weather conditions, the abilities of the party members, and the equipment available.

7) To avoid brush, try not to follow watercourses or drainages; select ridges over hillsides and gullies. Clear-cuts are often full of slash or brushy second-growth trees, so stick to old-growth forest if possible.

8) The most straightforward return route is often the same as the route going in. If you plan to come back a different way, that route also needs careful advance preparation.

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*Image Courtesy Y.M.C.A.


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