My family loves to take a nice hike through the woods looking for a waterfall or a pretty view. But there are alot of things that I’ve never really done much thinking about in regards to this great hobby.
Sometimes finding a hobby can be as easy as just starting something and growing to like it the more time you spend. You can start something quite unaware that it will develop into a hobby, passion, an addiction, even. At least that was the case with many of my hobbies including hiking.
Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
Clothes:I know that everyone wants Nordic Track, or Everlast, or any other shiny brand out there. But the good thing about hiking is that you can start with literally what you have, and go from there in the future.. Go for lighter material in weight as well as in composition. Having something on you that doesn’t allow sweat to evaporate quickly is not a clever thing. So go for anything that matches this description.
Maps and navigation. The dream is to have the GPS. But however, since it costs more, and adds up to the whole sum of investment, try this: Find and learn how to use a compass, and spend some time studying the maps and the terrain of the place you are about to hike to. That way no fancy navigational equipment will be needed, and you will even have more fun in the process, and add up to your passion connected with the hobby.
Pack Snacks: Forget expensive and over advertised snacks and drinks. Believe me, nobody needs those. Maybe some professional athletes, but even many of them are preparing their own foods and drinks by themselves. What fancy protein bars, and energy shakes do, is wasting your money, and even potentially ruining your health.
Hike with others, and prepare together. This means renting car and splitting the expenses, driving one instead of five cars when you go for a hike in more distant areas etc. It is also handy to give something for others to use, just to have them supply you with something they have. Think of it like this- if you have two backpacks, and no Nordic walking poles, but friend of yours is having two pairs but is short of a backpack, why both of you spending money, when you can compensate for things. It is always better to hike with others. Not only you will enjoy the company, but also will benefit from things like this.
Save time and nerves: Waking up early can help you avoid all the crowd at the starting point of a hiking trail, and give you more alone time with nature. I remember going to places for a hike, and literally looking more than half an hour to find a spot to park the car. Going to a popular hike trail may also mean more people there, so going early may save you a lot of time and nerves.
These are some of the things you should consider if you want to adopt hiking as a hobby, while not spending that much money but still enjoying.