More and more people today enjoy the simple, wholesome fun of hiking. Hiking is an affordable, yet healthy and emotionally rewarding way to spend a vacation or a long weekend – and you will not break the bank to enjoy the outdoors.
Experienced hikers will completely tell you that every detail weights when you pack hiking gear, particularly tents and camping out stoves. The right hiking gear and clothing, a properly and ergonomically packed backpack, confident mood and beneficial fitness – all these elements play an evenly significant role in the success of any hiking trip.
Hiking boots are the most important part of your hiking gear. A quality pair of leather waterproof hiking boots is essential. The right footwear will serve you longer and take you farther and safer than any training shoes or sneakers will. You can wear a cheaper pair of pants or an old t-shirt, but a good reliable pair of hiking shoes or boots should be as expensive as you can afford.
Many people consider their jackets as another important clothing item for a hiker, especially in the colder periods of the year. A hiking jacket can be a true lifesaver if you choose well. A Gore-Tex top layer will shield you from cold, wet, and windy weather. Many hiking jacket manufacturers use a layering approach in their jackets, so that an outer shell layer becomes not insulation, but goes over insulating clothing. Underneath a Gore-Tex layer your can wear a lightweight and even trendy fleece jacket, which you can use in warmer months and for other sporting activities too.
Hiking tents are a must if you plan to camp in mountain regions in all three hiking seasons – spring, summer, and fall. Hiking tents can be used for protection from storms, winds, small animals and insects. Along with a tent pack a sleeping bag and an insulating ground pad which also brings warmth as well as ironing out bumpy ground.
A lightweight, reliable backpacking stove costs much lighter to use than campfires which are much disallowed in certain regions. More expensive models even have electronic ignition so you’ll not require matches or lighter. Though it’s always a beneficial idea to pack matches anyway just in case of ignition failure. Another version of a camping stove are storm cooker which basically consists of a spirit burner with windshield and handle a pot or pan for cooking. These stoves are lightweight because you do not need a propane container, but are sufficient for one or two people exclusively.
The up-to-date models of camping stoves are environmentally friendly, odor-free, and really accommodating. To cook and eat take a pot, spoon, and a cup. To start the camping stove, if you do not have an ignition feature, lighters are more reliable than matches. Take additional fuel than you initially projected – camping stoves “consume” a lot of fuel in coldness weather.
To fully enjoy your hiking trip you must prepare beforehand. Even a small mistake in selecting your hiking equipment may outcome in an injury or at least in discomfort and a negative experience. Check and heat your camping stove while still at home and countercheck your hiking gear and equipment practicing a hiking checklist before you head out.