Get into hiking!

The modern world is so fast-paced that it’s easy to lose ourselves in texts, emails, social media, and rush-hour traffic. We become disconnected from the natural world and everything that makes us human. Life doesn’t take place inside a computer or iphone screen. It’s out there – in the “great wide open.” Inside of us all, there is a primal urge that calls us back to the wilderness and a simpler way of life. When was the last time you answered the call of the wild? Glacier lakes and rivers flowing into mountains and canyons filled with wildlife. Majestic landscapes that nourish our mind, body, and soul.

Whether you’re a beginner hiker or a rugged “mountain man,” there are several things to remember when planning your next hiking adventure.

Use the Buddy System

It’s dangerous hiking alone, so it’s important to find a buddy (or more) in case of injuries or accidents. Luckily “finding hiking buddies” is what the Adventurer Club is all about!

Where Are We Going?

Know exactly where you’re going beforehand by choosing a hiking trail and destination. Carry a map and compass, and know where to refill your water bottles on the trail.

Be Prepared

Check the weather forecast from multiple sources before your trip. You don’t want to be surprised by snow, thunderstorms, or flash floods. Dress for the weather and pack sunscreen, drinking water, snacks, bug spray, and a first aid kit. It’s important to bring only the essentials and to pack as lightly as possible.

Check Your Equipment

Make sure your backpack and hiking boots fit properly to avoid injury. Break-in new boots beforehand and wear comfortable socks. The use of hiking poles also relieves stress in your lower body.

Safety First!

Know your physical limits and don’t put your life at risk. Even the healthiest hiker is in danger of dehydration, heat stroke, and altitude sickness if safety precautions are ignored. Drink plenty of water, eat snacks, and take breaks. Don’t push yourself if you suffer from back problems, asthma, diabetes, or heart conditions.

Don’t Be a Litter Bug

Have respect for the area and other hikers. Carry out your trash and never litter. Always leave the trail cleaner than you found it, and enjoy the view!

Ready for an adventure? Check out these MUST GO HIKING destinations and start making plans!

1. Sequoia National Park

California

http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm


2. John Muir Trail

California
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http://johnmuirtrail.org/


3. Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado

http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm


4. Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona

http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm


5. Sedona

Arizona

(800) 288-7336 or (928) 282-7722

http://visitsedona.com/


6. Superior National Forest

Minnesota

(218) 626-4300

http://www.fs.usda.gov/superior/


7. Denali National Park and Preserve

Alaska

http://www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm


8. Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Virginia

http://www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm


9. Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

(307) 344-7381

http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm


10. Glacier National Park

Montana

http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm