Hiking

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    Nov 08, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    I'm going to go up to Allison Mines with a friend on mine soon. It's my first time going hiking. Do you guys have any tips for me? Like what to wear and expect, and what to bring?
  • Latenight30

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    Nov 08, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    Good shoes, hiking shoes are called such cause they can handle the terrain. I like trekking poles for added stability and it distributes the shock of the hike.
    Layer your clothing as temperature change happens as does the ability to keep yourself comfortable.
    Snacks and Water.
    Camera. got to take pictures and enjoy.
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    Nov 08, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    Allison Mine is a great first hike for someone like you who's fit. Great stuff to see and a variety of trail conditions, so you get pretty broad exposure.

    I'd recommend hiking boots, but sturdy athletic shoes will do. There's not a ton of unstable, ankle-twisting terrain, so high-tops aren't a must have. The biggest footing factor is all of the gravel and relatively sharp small stones. That requires a sole sturdy enough to prevent the bottoms of your feet from getting bruised.

    Other than that, check out this link for all the basics.

    Have fun. And re-post about how it went.
  • LJay

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    Nov 08, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    You do not mention camping, so this must be a day hike. Right?

    Talk it over with your friends, but basics include good, sturdy shoes that FIT, an extra pair of socks, water, snacks/lunch, layered outfit, hat, raingear, sunglasses, simple pocket knife and a good first aid kit per party. Be sure to include moleskin in the kit. A flashlight and a Bic lighter are good to have, even if you do not plan to be out at night.

    I have a hinking/camping list that fills a large legal page three columns deep, so don't consider this to be exhaustive.

    Knowing this board, you will get lots of other suggestions.
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    Nov 08, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
    I cannot express enough taking a first aid kit. More than once I've helped out people in the middle of no where that were not doing anything they considered dangerous or high risk, however ended up gashing something open and had no first aid kit. Layer your clothing.

    Be prepared for all weather situations! Hypothermia is another big thing you see out in the wild due to people thinking they were going on a casual day hike but end getting rained on, soaked to the bone, then almost going into hypothermic shock.

    If you have a smart phone, download Accuterra and learn how to use it before you go. Its an amazing app that will cover your maps, GPS, compass, etc.


    Main Hiking Gear:
    Food and water (plenty of water)
    Hat
    Fleece or Wind-Block jacket
    Waterproof shell/jacket
    Hiking pants
    Hiking boots / scrambling shoes
    Hiking socks
    Watch
    Pack (that fits the hike/climb)
    Headlamp
    Sunglasses
    Knife or multi-tool
    Water bladder or bottles
    Compass
    Maps
    Tape
    Whistle
    Matches/lighter
    30spf+ sunscreen
    TP (in ziploc bag)
    Cell phone
    Emergency supplies, including a first aid kit (DON'T FORGET THIS!!!!)
    Climbing helmet
    Optional: Trekking poles
    Optional: GPS
    Optional: Water filter
    Optional: SPOT Locator
    Optional: Satellite Phone (expensive)
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    Nov 09, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    Just about everything you need are posted above, so I need not add any more.

    But the location you mention, Allison Mines, I have not heard of before, let alone its location. As far as I know, it could be one long underground coal shaft!

    But if you are hiking under hot sunshine, it would be a good idea to take some foods with a high salt content, and you eat those while drinking plenty of water.

    Back in 1995, I completed a successful hike into the Grand Canyon and back. On the uphill climb to the rim, I suffered a bout of severe cramps which made my thighs look like a twisted rope. It was hyponatremia, a horrible condition caused by the dilution of the blood as a result of drinking too much fresh water without an adequate consumption of salts to balance out its content in the bloodstream.

    Just my two cents...
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    Nov 12, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    Trail_Runner saidI cannot express enough taking a first aid kit. More than once I've helped out people in the middle of no where that were not doing anything they considered dangerous or high risk, however ended up gashing something open and had no first aid kit. Layer your clothing.

    Be prepared for all weather situations! Hypothermia is another big thing you see out in the wild due to people thinking they were going on a casual day hike but end getting rained on, soaked to the bone, then almost going into hypothermic shock.

    If you have a smart phone, download Accuterra and learn how to use it before you go. Its an amazing app that will cover your maps, GPS, compass, etc.


    Main Hiking Gear:
    Food and water (plenty of water)
    Hat
    Fleece or Wind-Block jacket
    Waterproof shell/jacket
    Hiking pants
    Hiking boots / scrambling shoes
    Hiking socks
    Watch
    Pack (that fits the hike/climb)
    Headlamp
    Sunglasses
    Knife or multi-tool
    Water bladder or bottles
    Compass
    Maps
    Tape
    Whistle
    Matches/lighter
    30spf+ sunscreen
    TP (in ziploc bag)
    Cell phone
    Emergency supplies, including a first aid kit (DON'T FORGET THIS!!!!)
    Climbing helmet
    Optional: Trekking poles
    Optional: GPS
    Optional: Water filter
    Optional: SPOT Locator
    Optional: Satellite Phone (expensive)


    I lead trips for a mountain club. This is a great list. I've hiked for years all over the world. I still make mistakes and misjudge things and learn to expect the unexpected. The biggest mistakes I've made are not bringing enough water and leaving a hat and mittens behind. So not I usually guzzle a bottle of water before I hike and bring at least 2L in winter and 3L in summer. I like packing light so skip a lot of this stuff on the list, but it's a good idea to take if you're not experienced. Bring more clothes than you think you need! It sucks to be out in the cold. Have fun!
  • firzakhan

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    Nov 20, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
    still i have no experience in such type of activities
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    Nov 20, 2011 12:13 PM GMT
    many good (required) suggestions. i usually carry binoculars. they're a good way to check out shy wildlife.
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    Alright so I finally went yesterday! Thanksgiving was the only day my coworker and I could actually go together. We ended up going on Fish Canyon Trails and there was the waterfall at the end. We spent a good hour at the falls and admired the beauty of it all. I had a great time going and I hope to do it again soon! icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    My legs are not liking me right now! After the 6 hours of hiking I went home and had dinner. Afterwards my cousins made me play 5 3v3 games with them and i had to work at 2 this morning for Black Friday! >__
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    Nov 27, 2011 8:54 AM GMT
    Cotton Kills!