For all the people out there that participate in climbing, you know how much of a thrill it can be. You also know the inherent dangers associated with the sport. This page isn't meant to be an absolute guide to hiking/climbing, but rather, a page of info, trips, trails, and gear recomendations that will help new and old to the sport find the stuff they need to put them on the trail. There are also links to direct you to other sites I enjoy about the subject.
Part 1: Gear
What should you bring...... Well, that depends on the hike, time of year, weather, maximum altitude, etc. Howevcr, assuming you're hiking during the warmer months (late spring, summer, early fall), the weather is not inclement, at moderate altitudes (<7000ft), and for a day hike, here's what I would possibly bring.
-Pack: Big enough to carry all the
rest of your trappings. Two major types.
-Frameless: Like a school backpack. Good for light loads, cheap (use your old backpack), but can strain back with heavy loads.
-Frame: Has an aluminum, plastic, or wood frame that helps distribute the load across the user more evenly, thus making them
better for heavy loads. However, they are more expensive.
-Shoes: Personal preference on this one. Just make sure whatever boot you end up using has some sembelance of ankle support
(not tennis shoes), and perhaps a steel shank. On the other end, don't go out and get a $400 pair of boots that are so stiff
you can hardly walk in them.
-Clothes: Wear what's comfortable, but make you are equipped to keep warm if the shit hits the fan and the temperature plumments.
This means bring a windbreaker, windpants, pullover fleece, etc. Bring clothes and outergarments that can be worn in
layers, that way you can always adjust your clothes for the conditions. Oh yeah, and bring one of those flourecnet
emergency ponchos. Not only will it help keep you dry if it rains, but the color will make you easier for you to be
spotted if for some reason you need to be. (ie you're lost) Remember, cotton isn't the best cloth for hiking. Synthetic fibers
and wool stay warm even when wet, whereas once cotton gets wet, it just wicks the heat away from your body, causing
hypothermia at suprisingly high temperatures.
-Other Stuff: These are things that you just throw in the pack and don't require a whole lot of thought.
-Food and water: Bring lots of water. If you happen to bring too much, oh well. But if you bring too little, you are SOL.
Being dehydrated is a lot like being hungover. Both really suck, but imagine being hung over on the side
of a mountain. Not good. Also, bring easy to carry protien rich foods like peanut butter & crackers, trail mix,
as well as some dried or fresh fruit.