Hiking can be easily be described as a long walk in the countryside or walking along a trail . In the past , walking or hiking , was left to the poor and the vagrants . Today however , hiking has become a very popular activity for people who want to enjoy nature , get into better physical shape , and relax from the stresses of their workplace . Hiking is perhaps the easiest outdoor activity to get started in and if practiced with the right mindset , the most refreshing . At a minimum , hiking can be started with only good footwear and comfortable clothing . Proper footwear cannot be overly emphasized . This will determine the level of comfort you enjoy and whether you want to ever go hiking again .
As you progress from walking to HIKING , you will want to consider carrying a few items with you to make your experience safer and more enjoyable . Here is a short list of items you should carry .
- a map and compass
- extra clothing ( for the season )
- rain wear
- waterproof matches or a lighter
- small first aid kit
- and a not-too-big backpack to carry it all
In addition to these items , your cellphone and of course , don’t forget to tell someone reliable , where you are going! As you gain MILEAGE , you will need to update your training and equipment to match your new skill set . Please feel free to comment on the above and ask any and all questions you may have about this wonderful form of recreation .