Join the American Hiking SocietyWritten by Monica Marty
Have you taken up hiking as a new form of family recreation? Are you a serious hiker that spends hours on challenging trails? Do you want to find a way to become more involved in hiking across nation? Hikers of any background will want to check out “American Hiking Society”. This society is an alliance of local hiking clubs and provides a wealth of resources and activities for hikers of any background.
They have a bounty of events to choose from including National Trails Day and Winter Trails Day. Thousands of trail events are held across nation in June and January encouraging hikers to get involved in conservation and other hiking activities. For example, during Winter Trails Day hikers can learn how to snowshoe, cross country ski, and many other winter activities along hiking trails. It is a great way to meet up with fellow hikers and experience richness and fun of hiking.
Hikers can also participate in volunteer vacations, jobs, and internships. During 2005 they planned 1-2 week volunteer trips where hikers can lend a hand in building footpaths, cabins, and shelters. Hikers will not only be able to bond with their fellow hikers, but add value to beauty of hiking experience for others. It is a learning experience that is priceless.
Do you hike because you are trying to increase your fitness? The American Hiking Association has found hiking trails just for you. They have identified top ten “fitness” trails all across country. These trails are sure to give you a great workout. Plus, you can skip confines and boredom of your regular gym workout. The majority of trails are situated on East and West coasts. A trail overview including length and terrain are provided. This will help you to get started on your fitness hike.
The Benefits of One Day Hiking TripsWritten by Monica Marty
Do you like to take one day hiking trips? Do you want to take hiking trips on trails near your home? One day hiking trips have a number of advantages. They are great for recreational hiker. Minimal hiking gear is required and you can take pleasure in fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Short day hikes are also a beneficial form of exercise. You can control your speed and terrain elevation. One day you can focus on endurance over flat trails while another day can be spent sprinting and climbing up steeper terrain.
One day hikes commonly take place on easily accessible trails in your area. Therefore, you can discover hidden nature treasures that are in your backyard. You can venture out for a day of leisurely or extreme hiking. Instead of setting up camp for night, you can return to comforts of your own home.
What hiking gear is necessary for a one day trip? It depends on weather, terrain, and experience level of hikers. However, there is basic hiking equipment that you will need. When choosing a hiking backpack, opt for a smaller pack. You don’t want to spend your day trip lugging around a heavy backpack. It is a good idea to bring extra clothes in case your clothes become wet or weather gets cooler. The key is to dress in layers.
It is vital to keep well hydrated, especially in hot summer months. Avoid intense heat of afternoon sun. One gallon of water per person is recommended. A sports drink such as Gatorade is also an option. Steer clear of sodas and alcohol. These drinks are diuretics and will dehydrate your body. Bring snacks that have substantial good carbohydrates and protein such as nuts and granola. Protein rich fitness bars are also a practical option. Bring extra food just in case you spend a longer time on hiking trail then expected.