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Sports-and-Recreation Have you ever felt an urge to bask in the sun, feel the wind in your hair and get a little dirt under your fingernails? It’s natural to want to spend a little time in the wilderness, because human beings are just animals, after all. That’s why learning to hike is the perfect sport for our stressed-out society. Hiking can be more than a simple way to pass the time. For some, it’s been an important piece of their family history. Family vacations are often where a deep-rooted love of hiking begins. Kids still in toddler boots are scaling river banks and traversing the great outdoors with their earthy parents. These early cross-country outings turn into valuable skills and priceless memories that can last a lifetime. Others discover the joys of hiking later in life. Older kids journey with scout troops. Packs of teenagers search for the perfect spot to hang out. Frenzied professionals seek refuge from the demands of home and business. If you’ve discovered the love of hiking for any reason, you can’t deny that there’s no better way to shake off our contemporary hassles and enjoy the peace and solitude that only nature can offer. When beginners start hiking they can find the sport a little tricky. Seasoned pros can always spot rookie hikers. They struggle with packs, loaded with fifty pounds of gear for a two-night trek. These overzealous hikers load their backcountry packs with heavy tents, fancy foods, two pairs of shoes and a bounty of "just in case" gizmos. Seasoned hikers can snicker at the rookies, but let’s face it; every one of us has painted this same picture at one time. Newbies take heart: it won’t take long for you to shake the excess pounds from your back, and clock enough miles on your boots to have you traveling lean. As time goes, you’ll find yourself learning the ropes and fine-tuning your art along the way, until your pack decreases in size as quickly as your appetite for bagels. While you’re honing your craft, here are some helpful tips that can help to clear the trail: Know What’s Ahead There is nothing like the freedom of hiking, but there are basic safety rules that you must always follow. Remember, anything can and will happen in the great outdoors. If you don’t prepare for your "anything-goes" journey, you can find yourself at the centre of backcountry disasters and near- misses. Bad judgment calls, inadequate clothing and a poor sense of direction can all contribute to potentially life-threatening hiking situations. Knowing what to bring, understanding what you need to do, and following through are all important first lessons for beginning hikers. Check the weather forecast before you plan your trip. You’ll need to know the conditions and pack appropriately. Bring a lightweight rain jacket in case the weather turns unexpectedly. Be aware of the trail and remain in tune with your surroundings. When hiking a national park or conservation area, ask park management for advice on the local conditions and any permitting procedures. Research online or check your bookstore for hiking guides and maps. Learn how to read them properly, and use them during your hike. Get in Gear With the Right Equipment Hiking for beginners leaves no room for vanity. No one cares what you look like, or whether you’re .ing across as a hiking "dork". Outdoor temperatures can drop quickly after the sun sets, so make sure your sleeping bag is insulated. Staying warm is infinitely more important than looking cool. And it’s a lot smarter. Hiking equipment is not about coordinating your ensemble. It’s about staying safe — and it can save your life. Have Fun In the end, hiking is all about having fun. Otherwise, no one would do it. To a hiker, lacing up a pair of boots and stomping for miles through remote wilderness is a luxury vacation. Mosquito bites and scratches are five-star amenities. If you’re hardcore about your love of nature, all the trouble pays off in fun and freedom. While trying to remember everything you’ll need to bring on your hike, you must remember to leave your stress behind. Take your time. Enjoy the journey. Relax and watch the clouds drift by. Feel the sunshine and breathe in the fresh air. Take a picture, smell a flower, catch a butterfly, and then let it go. Appreciate your hidden animal and enjoy your time with nature. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: