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Hill Walking Equipment Essentials

Hill Walking Equipment Essentials

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Hill Walking Equipment Essentials

You probably have discovered and decided to go hill walking. You and your friends are ready to experience a new height, which is different from clubbing, going to the beach, or island hopping.  You are excited and perhaps packing your things. But how prepared are you? Do you already know the essentials or equipment needed before pushing through that hill walking activity aside from packing your own personal belongings? Well, here is a guide or a checklist of the things that you need and those that might get handy during your hill walking escapade.

Proper Attire

In any form of activity, the first thing consideration is the type of clothes you should wear. This is indeed a necessity because inappropriate attire would likely to cause you trouble and even accidents. Hill walking attire usually is composed of Jackets, shirts and extra shirts, socks, shoes (preferably boots), hats or caps, sunglasses, gloves and scarfs. Remember that you should also look after the weather condition of the place you are going to. If the hill you are going to trek is in a very hot area, then you could opt for lightweight clothes. But, if the area would be foggy or somewhat cold for the season, then thick clothing is required.

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Map and Compass

Now, you have by now packed your attire and are ready to hike that hill. But don’t rush. Though you are already knowledgeable of your route, you should bring with you a map and a compass. There is no excuse for this one because at some point, though you think you are well versed of the path going to your area of destination, unexpected conditions like changes in the physical surroundings as what you have seen it before or from what you have scanned on the internet might not be the same when you are already there. This two are the things you should NEVER forget in any kind of trips, particularly because you cannot always trust your phone’s signal.

Food and Drinks

To keep you full and hydrated all throughout your hill walking activity, of course, food and drinks should never be left out. When considering what food to bring, it should be instants or those which can be easily eaten or doesn’t need complex cooking. You can bring biscuits and noodles for the activity. To keep you from being dehydrated, it is advisable to try drinks with high electrolytes level or those called as sports drink. Always remember to drink all throughout the trip even if you don’t feel thirsty.

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First Aid Kit

In any form of event, first aid kit is one of the vital things that should not be overlooked. Additionally, hill walking, as easy as it sounds, is a very rigorous activity, especially when you are trying to go trekking on hills or mountains that have never been restructured for such activity. Of course, you may not be expecting accidents during the trip, but as the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. So, don’t forget to bring medicines, disinfectants, band aids and bandages, as well as liniments or ointments.

Other General Gears

This type of kit includes knife, lighting (e.g. torch or lamp), batteries, and sleeping bags in case you will camp overnight, insect repellent lotions, bags and markers, whatever is necessary for you. Be sure that you only bring what is needed so you would not worry how to carry them.

As a whole, hill walking is a jam-packed activity that does not only require energy but also proper planning. Unquestionably, it is unlikely to go somewhere with no initial know-how. Aside from the things to bring as stated above, always be sure to pack lightly, enjoy the trip, take every step slowly and be sure to enjoy and recapture new strength and have a revitalized mindset from the experience.

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Hill Walking – Food Choices, Preparations, and Supplements to Increase Endurance While on Trail

Hill Walking – Food Choices, Preparations, and Supplements to Increase Endurance While on Trail

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Hill Walking – Food Choices, Preparations, and Supplements to Increase Endurance While on Trail

Going for a hill walking activity is not just about burning fats and looking for a perfect place to camp. You must also take into account the food you should bring and as well as the supplements that you need in order for you to keep going while trekking. Yes, it is advised to pack lightly during this kind of activity, but this recommendation does not equate to lesser food preparation, or unhealthy food planning rather. You need more food than the usual days because you are to burn more energy and you need to replenish them too during the process. Here are some tips for food choices, preparations, and supplements that you could bring and take in order for you to endure the energy draining hill walking activity.

Start your food intake right

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As a rule of thumb, you should not skip breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. You could eat oats and cereals because it will give you enough energy to keep you going during your hill walking activity.

Bring foods that are easy to eat but full of nutrients

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Packing lightly for your meals does mean getting those bags of chips because they can easily be stuffed inside your bag, but to bring foods that are less in weight yet heavy in nutrients. Examples are sandwiches, chocolate bars and dried fruits, breakfast bars, pancakes, bread, cheese, nuts and dried vegetables. These are just examples. You could bring any type of food you like as long as it is lightweight but full of nutrients.

Prepare food per meals

This is the most effective way of calculating your intake and the food you could take with you. It is highly effective if you could divide it per meal time: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or you could opt to have container color coding so you would know where to pick your next meal. Moreover, your food preparation should depend on the number of days of your activity.

Brings lots and lots of water or drinking fluids

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You cannot survive hill walking without water, of course. That’s why it should be on top of your bucket list. During normal days, you may avoid drinks with more sugar and caffeine, but not in this kind of activity. Always remember to drink water even though you are not thirsty. You can also opt for sports drink because they have electrolytes or you can simply add sodium in your water to avoid dehydration. Remember, don’t forget to drink.

Take Appropriate Supplements.

When taking supplements to increase endurance during hill walking, it does not mean that you should take all the vitamins from A to Z. It just equates in taking vitamins or supplements which are appropriate for you to endure the strenuous walking activity. Supplements that you should take should be rich in

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Best Places to Go for a Hill Walking Activity

Best Places to Go for a Hill Walking Activity

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Best Places to Go for a Hill Walking Activity

Engaging in sports activities is a fun way not only to work out your body from fats, or freeing your mind from your daily worries. It is also a way of visiting various places in some parts of the world. One of the most common activities for beginner and sports enthusiasts alike is hill walking. It is an enjoyable ways of discovering nature at its best. Here are five of the most beautiful places that you could visit for your hill walking activity.

way-983994_960_720Glencolmcille Peninsula in Southwest Donegal, Ireland

This is one of the most visited walking areas in Europe. You could enjoy the scenery with its well-formed landscape, the magnificence of its coastal areas and the archaeology that lies with it. It is also a decent place for writers because it is surrounded by historical structures like old court tomb, which is said to be 5,000 years old, spiral carvings and old portal dolmens which had been there for 4,000 of years. Truly, you could not go wrong with this place for your hill walking experience. Not only you can enjoy the scenery, but you can engulf yourself in the rich historical relics that you can experience while hiking in Ireland.

El Camino de Santiago in Spain

If you are planning to have a long period of trail experience, El Camino de Santiago is the best place for you. It is definitely famous because a lot of pilgrims have trekked its beautiful high plains and hills like the hills of Galicia and Castilla. You can plan your 10-day trek through the long pilgrimage route starting from Pamplona, Spain to Cabo Fisterra. This place works wonders because you will be able to explore spectacular places as well as religious historical places.

Durmitor National Park in Montenegro

If you want to add more adventure in your trekking experience, Durmitor National park situated in Montenegro can give you more satisfaction. Aside from the vast plains, it is famous for its virgin forests, large flora and fauna, vast greenery and perfect overnight mountain camp. Additionally, the said park has its large ski resort and other cycling and water activities. Be sure to plan your trip so that you could get the most of its terrific beauty.

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Now, if you are into one day hill walking trips, but wants to visit a lot of places in a short period of time, then the hilltop villages in Tuscany, Italy offers the best hilltop walking and hiking adventure. One of the most famous hilltop villages in the area is Fosdinovo which gives a picture-perfect view of the Apuan Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively, Barg, a small hill town in the Media Valle of Serchio River, offers festivity particularly in the summer times. The main attraction of the place is the Romanesque Duomo, which is a Renaissance building and theatre. Lastly, one of the best hilltop villages in Italy is Collodi, which is said to be derived from the name of Carlo Collodi, the author of the story “The Adventure of Pinocchio”.

Alsace Wine Trail, France

Looking for a place to maximize your hill walking experience and savor the taste of thousand year-old wines? Then, Alsace Wine Trail in France is suited for you. Starting from Thann to Marlenheim, the route passes through a series of villages and towns with a breathtaking picturesque of fresh vines. Its plains and hills are a seamless place to walk by because you can sense the history and art of the nature. Plus, you will also get to meet the best wine makers in the world.

Hill walking is not just about going to places but going to very magnificent, history enriched and soul satisfying sceneries in some of the best hillside places in the world. These are just some of the wondrous places you could visit. You could choose from a wide range of choices depending on your choice. The important thing is that you enjoy and learn throughout the experience.

 

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Benefits of Hill Walking for Starters

Benefits of Hill Walking for Starters

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Benefits of Hill Walking for Starters

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Are you tired of the strains that your routine activities are giving you? Are you experiencing burnout in the office and don’t know where to divert your attention? Or you are just too bored in running in your treadmill and carrying those weights to release the toxins away your system? Well, one of the best ways to conquer all these hard realities that your life is throwing at you is through hill walking. You may not be adventurous and not an outdoor person, but this activity is much more enjoyable that how boring it sounds for starters. It is not hard as mounting climbing though, but not as bad as your treadmill. Here are the reasons why you should start your hill walking career as soon as you can.

Improves Physical Health

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Going to the gym is one of your best options to remove those excess fats and tone those muscles. Of course, you might disagree with going to the hills for a walk when in fact you can adjust your treadmill’s setting for that. But hill walking would get you far more than walking. Aside from it gives you different pace, you are also in control of your speed. This is also good for those individuals who have heart problems and cannot just easily hit the treadmill that easy. Aside from your own control of movement, you can enjoy the breath of fresh air, which is really good for the lungs.

Reuniting with Nature

It is believed that in order to find peace in life is to reconnect with nature. Listening to the wind, feeling the heat of the sand, observing how the trees sway along with the chirping of the birds is indeed a very relaxing activity. It is like doing yoga, but you can touch nature for real. Hill walking gives all these benefits for free.

Detoxify from Stress

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In association to reuniting with nature, hill walking can detoxify all the stresses, depressions and anxieties that you get every day either from work or at home. It is an essential to go outdoors once you feel that you want to escape from the harsh realities you are in. Walking uphill or downhill, trekking through different routes with altering difficulties makes your body divert all the negativities running in your system. Your mental abilities are also exercised because you solve problems like how to trace the best way uphill or which way to go when there are obstacles in your walking track.

A Good Way for Socializing

You can spice up your hill walking activity by going in groups which makes the activity fun and exciting. It is much enjoyable when there are people whom you can share your experience with than going solo. Or you could also meet new friends with the same interest as you during the process. You could further your activity from hill walking to camping overnight, or whichever activity you like (e.g. star gazing, camp fire).

Indeed, hill walking is not only one of the best form of exercising, but also a way in healing the burns and piles of worries and negativities you get every day. It is beneficial for your physical, mental and emotional health. You can also turn it from an occasional activity to a hobby which is exciting and healthy.

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