If you’ve ever hiked Machu Picchu, climbed Kilimanjaro, or even skied some particularly intense slopes, you might be familiar with altitude sickness. It’s a common ailment — studies show that 25 percent of people show signs of it at elevations as low as 8,000 feet. In its most benign form, altitude sickness can put a damper on your vacation plans. In more severe manifestations it can be debilitating — and sometimes deadly. If you’re planning to travel to higher elevations, be sure you know how to prevent and treat altitude sickness. Read more “Travel Health: How to Combat Altitude Sickness”
What to Wear While Hiking: Clothing SHOULD YOU WEAR PANTS OR SHORTS?
Pro tip: Don’t go pantsless through the wilderness. I cannot stress this enough. The real advice when it comes to pants/shorts is heavily dependent upon your environment. If it’s going to be cold, shorts might keep you shivering. If it’s going to be hot, pants might get too uncomfortable. Jeans? Ehhhhh. Sure. ONLY if its going to be a comfortable temperature and you have no other option. Being sweaty and hot while wearing jeans isn’t very fun. Read more “What to Wear While Hiking”
This is simple: stilettos, your favorite mini skirt, a fishnet halter top, and a vest made out of raw meat. You’re welcome! In all seriousness, I’m a big fan of being comfortable without breaking the bank. Like, you probably already
have most of the clothing you need to go hiking.
WHAT SHOES SHOULD I WEAR TO HIKE IN?
We cover footwear extensively in our healthy feet article, but I’ll cover shoes specifically in the case of hiking here, but we at Nerd Fitness are huge fan of Merrell products – Merrell shoes of various types have treated me well for the past decade. Read more “Hiking Footwear: What to Wear on your Feet Hiking!”
A group of 30 stood chattering in the misty morning, each of them decked out in full climbing gear – heat-tech tops, cargo pants, hiking boots, backpacks, hydration packs, climbing sticks, hats. To the outsider’s eye, it looked like a motley crew of people with ages ranging from 25 to 50 years old. To the group, it was the beginning of a life-changing experience that would see them push themselves to limits they had only ever imagined before. Read more “Peaking at the Land below the Wind”
1) Decide how long you have to hike.
This is a beginner’s guide to hiking, we’re not looking to hike the Appalachian Trail. Instead, we want to start with trails that can be done in less than a day, that won’t require you to pack a tent, or bring extra change of clothes. Pick a hike based on how much time you have – do you have the entire Sunday? Or do you just have a few hours on a Tuesday afternoon? It took Frodo and Sam 6 months to get to Mordor, but you probably don’t have that much time. However, if you DID want to “walk to Mordor,” I got you covered there too. You’re welcome!
When you think of hiking, you might imagine a bunch of road-tested perma-travelers with oversized backpacks, hiking through epic mountains for weeks upon weeks at a time. Or maybe, a pair of hobbits setting out on a worldwide adventure to destroy a ring of awe-inspiring power. If you’re just beginning your journey to a better lifestyle, just thinking about serious hiking can be enough to keep you inside your comfy hobbit hole. Although hiking can an epic undertaking, it doesn’t need to be!
It can also be super simple and fun: A quick jaunt
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.
I’m going to make a bet with you. By the end of today’s article, I bet I can convince you to say the following, “Damn Steve! Now I want to go hiking. FINE.” After all, Hiking is one of the greatest things you can do for your health, both mental and physical: