Hiking has really made a comeback in the last 10 years, after being most popular in the 60’s and 70’s and before that, back to the early 1900’s when a number of national parks and trails were created including the John Muir trail, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, the Appalachian Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail (as seen in the movie Wild) throughout the 1930’s.
But what separates hiking from walking? Well, although in the UK any length of a walk is still called walking, in North America we consider any long walk with mixed terrain, usually on a trail to be a hike. But it’s not just about the physical challenge that hiking poses, it’s also about the romance of it. Turns out, hiking greatly benefits both your physical and mental health.
So here are 10 things you should bring hiking with you this summer:
2. Hiking Boots
Vasque is a very well-known brand of hiking boots.
This Marmot tent only weighs 4 pounds. And when you’re hiking, less is always more.
5. Hiking Poles
You might think you don’t need these, but once old people begin passing you on the trail and you notice they have hiking poles, you’ll reconsider.
Did you really hear a bear or is your mind playing tricks on you? Find out with this compact yet powerful LED flashlight with a distance of 145 feet.
Wake up to a bowl of hot, fresh oatmeal thanks to this MSR portable stove that comes with a lifetime warranty.
9. Fire Starter
This is the most reliable way to start a fire. But also bring lighters and matches in a waterproof container.
Turns out, hikers have learned a thing or two from the astronauts. And one is how to make instant food delicious! Backpacker’s Pantry has a ton of great meals including Beef Stew, Santa Fe Chicken, Pad Thai, Chilli, and even Cheesecake – just add water.
Possibly the best part about hiking is that it gives back so much more than it costs. Besides this essential gear, all you need is a positive outlook. Whether you’re going for a morning hike, a day hike, a weekend hike, or a 6-month hike along the entire Pacific Crest Trail, we’ve got everything for you! Including some honorable mentions like clothing, first aid kit, sleeping bag, compass, map, portable charger, insect repellant, and sunblock.