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Advice For The Novice Hiker

Feb 28, 2008
So you've decided to take up hiking and you've done some basic physical conditioning to get you prepared. While being basically fit is most important there are some other things you can do to get even more prepared for hiking. Here are a few words of advice.

You'll be trekking in rough terrain and the soles of your feet need to be a bit toughened up to prepare them for the hike. Walk around the house and your yard barefoot as much as possible. Walking or jogging on sand will help toughen your soles as well as loosen up your muscles and ligaments in your feet so consider moving your cardio routine to the beach.

Foot care is also very important. Moisturize your feet and ensure they are dry before you put on your shoes. If your feet excessively sweats then consider using foot powder since excessive moisture can lead to fungal infections and dry, chafed soles. Trim your toenails so they are a little below the tip of the toe (but not too short). Cut them straight across (as opposed to rounded) to reduce the chance of ingrown toenails.

If your feet are already in poor condition then make sure you get them treated before you endeavor on a long hike. Calluses and corns should be removed. Fungal problems on the skin or under the toenails should be healed as well; it will make for an uncomfortable hike and will only make the condition worse.

Hiking with blisters on your feet will be uncomfortable to say the least. Cover parts of your feet that are likely to form blisters with bandages or moleskin. If you develop blisters before or after your hike, puncture them with a sterilized needle and wait for them to heal before planning another hike. If you develop blisters while you're on your hike then keep the area clean and change the bandages frequently.

Before setting off on a long hike, build up your stamina and strength by making some shorter hikes. Start by just a few miles on a well marked trail and slowly work your way up. Once you feel comfortable with a long hike, fill up your backpack and try hiking with weight on your back. These "test runs" are also beneficial for testing your map and compass skills and will help you figure out how much water you'll need.

Preparation is key to having an enjoyable and safe hike. Take care of your feet, build up your endurance and stamina and perform test runs. After, you'll be ready for that long, exhilarating hike you've been waiting for.
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