How to Plan for an Adventurous hike Trip within your comfort Zone!
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How to Plan for an Adventurous hike Trip within your comfort Zone!

Nov 26, 2018

Why Planning a Hike Is Important?

For new groups who are planning to go ona backcountryhiking adventure trip, selectingthe rightroute is the biggest challenge. At least, one member should be an experienced hiker and must know how much distance has to be covered in order to complete the hiking.

A proper plan will help to complete the hiking without manyhassles and hurdles and will also make the experience enjoyable and remarkable. 

Few Pointers to Help Planning a Hike Trip

Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. 

This is very important even if you are going on a day hike or on a multi-day hike. The best way is leaving a written reminder with all your information to someone who is not going with you and is expecting you back after the trip.

Study the maps before beginning the trip.

You must have a good idea of the route to hike. Graphing of the maps is very important,which is usually done by marking the points for emergency exits, places for water refills, points for night camping, major roads, intersecting roads etc.

 Managing time.

It is always important to manage the time, like how much distance should be covered in a given period time, target the locations to be reached and completed in a day etc. This predetermining is necessary to complete the hiking.Remember that when traveling in a group, your hiking time has to consider keeping in mind of the slowest person in the group.

Mileage.

When travelling in groups, the average distance a person covers depends on the slowest and the first time hiker. As a general rule it should be not more than 8-12 miles of hiking per day.

 Monitor the weather. 

The weather at the base of a mountain and up a mountain is vastly different. The temperatures at the top will drop down, so packing has to be done accordingly. Rain gear is necessary, even if no rain is predicted, as wet clothes can cause a person to become hypothermic.

Before planning hikes, you need to have an idea of what you and your group are capable of.

For experienced hikers it will be easier to gather experiences from the past ones butas for newer hikers they will have no sense of their limits. In a group, an experienced hiker should make sure that the new ones don’t stray too far outside their comfort zone.