Tips for Better Hiking


The most fundamental advice I can offer about hiking is to locate an area of natural beauty and then stroll around. That’s it. It’s neither sexy nor thrilling, but it’s enjoyable enough.

I have a few additional ideas, however. If you’re looking to go deeper or to “upgrade” or “hack” your hiking experience, you’ll find today’s blog post useful.

We won’t be discussing backpacking trips that last for a whole day. That is the truth. I’m far from knowledgeable with. This is only about day hikes that everyone can do.

Also, I’m not going to talk about equipment. It’s incredibly simple (and entertaining) to get geeked out about the various amazing gear and gadgets that you can get to hike, but I’m not planning to spend many hours there.

Let’s get started:

1. If you are choosing the best hike, stay clear of those that have the highest number of reviews.


When I am looking at new eateries to sample, I consider the number of reviews more than the number of stars they get. The same applies to books and other merchandise. For the books and other products, a 4.5 star average of over 200 reviews will be more persuasive than a five star average of over 20 reviews.

However, this isn’t the case when it comes to hiking. If I’m looking on Yelp or any other review site about an adventure to take, I stay clear of the sites that have the highest number of reviews. I anticipate and plan for crowds in a great restaurant. Crowds are often a good way to make a restaurant more enjoyable. I go hiking to avoid all the noise.

2. Be aware.


Grok was not a shrewd hiker who sped off into the backcountry to catch the wild lark. The majority of hunter-gatherers who are still around are very cautious.

It’s like an all-time shoe wearer running the race wearing Vibram FiveFingers. You’ll hurt; injuries are likely. Growing up in the heart of civilization, it is likely that you aren’t ready to take on the task by yourself. Nature isn’t always safe. It does not necessarily have to be. However, you should be aware of it.

Plan your route. Take a path; trails are in the places they are because of a reason. Hiking on your own is fine (some of my favorite hikes were with me alone) so long as you’re aware of the purpose of your hike and where you’re headed.

3. Make sure you have your cell phone.


Wait, what? Sisson, I was thinking I was going to hike to get away from the trappings of modernity. I go hiking to see the beauty of nature and not twitch at my feed on Twitter. You’ve really failed on this one.

It’s not as quick. Below is how I make use of my phone during my hiking trips.

•         Keep notes when you get inspired. Walking can increase blood circulation to the brain, which improves cognitive performance. Being in nature relieves stress and triggers joyful spiritual experiences, and therefore hiking is a great way to get the creativity flowing. I tend to find myself thinking the most creatively when I am on the trail.

•         Writing. I’m sure you’ve heard that I write a lot of “writing” during my hikes. Sometimes, I dictate on the speech-to-text function on my phone a huge, messy draft. After I return home, I revise (and edit and edit more. It’s an unfinished draft). The hike is what keeps the story moving.

•         Photography. You shouldn’t look at the world with the viewfinder or any other device; however, photos are nice. Photos and memories can live on their own. Also, do not forget to share your photos via social media. You can make people jealous. Let people feel guilty for missing out on the previous five hikes. Encourage people to get out on their own.

•         Research. Is this a wild bay leaf or something similar but unpalatable? What is this poison oak? The convenience of having a cell telephone (with reception) lets you explore a bit deeper the nature experience, avoid possible dangers, and discover treasures.

But, no, I do not always follow it.

4. Take a hike without constraints whenever you can.


When hiking for short distances, don’t consume food. Don’t carry an unsuitable backpack. If it’s a short trek, don’t bother taking water.

I enjoy hiking completely without a backpack. Except for what fits inside my pocket, I like to just leave it there. If it’s a hot day or an easy trek (1-4 miles), I’ll let the water go.

This allows me to roam around and explore. I can run whenever I’d like to. It is possible to lift up a stone or log or climb the tree. In the end, I enjoy having my hands free when I stroll. It’s a pleasure to glide along a path as light as a bird.

Hydration is crucial prior to starting going on a hike. Drink 12oz of water that has sea salt sprinkled on it. And maybe squeeze some lime or lemon juice.

5. Don’t let children stop you.


Parents, even children completely incapable of self-mobility, go hiking with your kids. It’s not too difficult. If they are walking, put them in the Baby carrier or utilize the stroller (trail permitting). If you’re not walking at all, walk slowly and in a short distance. A mile walk could be an hour-long. However, it’s worthwhile, and you’re in the wilderness.

The joy of hiking soothes the crying baby. It entices the unhappy pre-teen to be more engaged to the outside environment (despite their best efforts). It improves stamina when climbing the hills and balance on uneven ground and instills an appreciation and love towards the world around us.

Do children “remember” the incident? It’s not consciously, but believe me. The long hours in beautiful natural environments leave a mark on their brains. They’ll become better, more calm, and more sane adults after the time they spend in the natural world.

6. Lift heavy objects.


The natural surroundings are awash with large and heavy objects. Logs and stones with various shapes, sizes, and weights provide ample resistance. I would suggest that you make use of them.

•         Use a big log to get into the zero-Zercher position. Perform a few squats and lunges.

•         You can carry a log over either shoulder. Make sure you balance it so that you are able to carry it without support by hand.

•         Landmines can be controlled using the help of a log. Set one end of the log in a secure position against a rock, tree, or any other surface. Grab the opposite end and make use of it as an additional weight. I prefer the reverse lunge (only you’re able to use the log in a front rack or if you’re competent to hold the log by your side by using only one hand).

•         Deadlift massive rocks. Do it lighter than you thought due to the shape that is irregular, and hand placement makes it more difficult than deadlifting the same weight using a barbell.

7. You can play as you please with a friend.


A partner can make you feel more secure. It increases the amount of fun that you enjoy.

•         Any time you see a hawk etc., deliver a pinch/slap/goose/elbow/tickle/toss to the ground to the other person. Choose an object you’ll see during your hike, and pick a punishment, and the person who sees the object first will be the first to execute the punishment. Repeat.

•         Play catch. Find a stone and play catch all the time. Take a long route and then a short one. Catch behind your back. Throw it behind your back. Switch hands. Make it interesting.

•         Take a large log or stone to the extent you can. If you’re tired, let it go. It is best to take it off when you are exhausted. Make sure to keep some in the tank to continue handoffs for as long as you can. Vary your carrying method.

8. Include a formal workout into your hike.

This is an excellent way to work out without realizing it.

Attempt a few pull-ups for each branch that you can see from the overhead.

Try walking lunges at least every five minutes.

Grabbing every switch that you see.

Bear crawl of 40 yards every 10 minutes.

Perform max Pushups for 10 minutes every time. Instead, do dips if you are able to find a suitable spot.

What else could you come up with?

9. Climb.


Be aware of the verticality of the natural world. See if there are trees you can climb. Climb them.

Take care, of course. Do not climb anything that you cannot get down. Avoid branches that are thicker than your wrist. Stay clear of dead or dying branches (and dead trees in general).

You should also look at rocks that you can climb up. There’s nothing better than a scramble through granite. Bouldering–which is climbing straight up using your feet and handholds, is fun; however, it requires more experience and experience.

10. Slow down.


I’m no meditator. I’ve tried. I’ve read about it. I have read about the advantages. It’s not working for me.

There are alternative routes that will get you to the exact spot, which is hiking, one of my favorites.

When you go hiking, be attentive and be attentive. Take a moment to touch everything you can. Massage the bark and leaves. Take a sniff of the flowers. Turn over a decomposing log and watch the insects disperse. One of my absolute favorites to hold and feel is the Manzanita Tree.

It’s not just about physical fitness. It’s a chance to take in the time, too.

11. You can try hiking the highest mountain within your region.


If my hike does not have at the very least a little climbing, I’m like I’m being cheated. It’s not even like an actual hike. It’s more like simply a walk.

The walks are great. I like a simple walk in a forest. However, I really like a good hike.

Another thing I’ll try when I’m in a new location (and have the time) is to search for the hike that offers the highest elevation increase. There’s something gratifying about struggling with the most fundamental force in the known universe–gravity–and coming out on top.

It’s true that you’re on the top of the mountain. You can gaze down at the city below and know that you’re more powerful than anyone else in the city.

Climbing is also an excellent way to exercise.

12. Think about the trees.


Trees can be crazy.

They are living beings. Not as conscious as we are, however, they are responsive to their surroundings and responsive to their fellows who are and with whom they exchange information through a subterranean fungal community.

13. Experience the history of the trail.


Imagine the ancient inhabitants walking along the same trails you’re on and seeing the same sunset as you’re seeing. Their thoughts, dreams and what they were carrying. Did they take a walk to relax during a hike?

Imagine the first explorers who climbed the same ridge you did. There are skyscrapers and haze out in the far distance. They witnessed a wild and teeming flora.

Think of the conversation that has been heard through these forests and caves, valleys, and canyons.

Imagine the lovebirds who sneak off to meet within the confines of this tiny space within the wall of rock, ten feet high, perhaps in the midst of a storm or just to escape the scorching summer heat. How many ideas did it witness?

Imagine the troops marching on your route to die or even win, or do both.

14. Try blue space, brown space, and not just green space.


The majority of us are influenced by forests when thinking of hiking, but that’s not the only option for it. It is possible to hike through shrublands and deserts (brown space) or in an ocean (blue space) or through grasslands, or through an amazing city park.


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