3 Amazing Thoughts To Ponder To Hike Like A Pro

We often see a lot of hikers and looking at them just makes us think, how in the world they were able to do those things as if it is just a walk in the park. It is easy most especially if we are looking at those professional hikers. It’s because they have done this a million times and some of them can even hike on their sleep. Check out these amazing advice straight from the professionals.

1. Take care of your feet

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Most rookies make mistakes by thinking that they can wear running shoes on the trail. It is a big no. You can get blisters all over your feet if you do that. The worst thing that can happen is you can break and twist your ankles because running shoes will not be able to give you the support you need for your feet.

2. Pace your fluid intake

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Making sure your body is hydrated is crucial when you are on a hike, but you should not over do things. You need to ensure that the fluid intake is on the right pace if you want to be able to keep on going. You cannot just drink a lot of water before you begin and then just intake more when you reached the top.

3. Do not bring refined sugar

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Sugar can give you the extra boost of adrenaline, but you need to make sure that what you will intake are the natural ones like the sugar you can get from fruits. When the effects of refined sugar are washed out, it’ll slow you down and you might fell short on the energy you need to be able to finish your trail.

If you can follow these tips from the experts, you will be able to hike like them as if it is something that you do every day.

 

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How to reconnect with nature by getting outdoors

We all get the feeling now and then that we’ve drifted too far away from nature and that’s probably the reason to why depression is becoming more and more common in society nowadays.

We all love a majestic view from a great mountain or massive river, but can we really appreciate it to 100% without ever stepping a foot outside the realms of smart phones? Can we appreciate a picture from a mountain as much as a standing there looking down over the mountain’s body which we just climbed?

I guess it remains to be seen. I know for a fact that I appreciate nature more than anything else, probably because I come from the northern parts of Scandinavia where nature is constantly present, a place where you have to live with nature whether you like it or not.

From high above

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You can witness the beauty of nature in many ways. You can get a majestic feeling from being in the woods, from watching the horizon over a wild sea or from sitting on a mountain top while looking out over the vast landscape as any other semi-god.

One who never climbed a mountain has probably no idea of what I’m talking about but I know that some of you probably recognize themselves. Reaching a mountain top can take many hours or even days in some cases. But don’t let that beat you down because just like everything else, the more effort you put into it – the greater rewards you get.

That is the reason to why it’s impossible to compare a picture from a mountain top with the real deal. Spending time at a mountain top is extremely fulfilling, if you climbed it yourself.

Giant Streams

Everything that is bigger than ourselves can fill us with awe. Our DNA has already witnessed most things on earth, but still we easily become mesmerised by the things that are more powerful than ourselves. Massive oceans and rapid streams are a part of the greenhouse effect as more and more ice is melting to gradually fill up our oceans and rivers, big and small.

The melting snow from mountains forms bigger streams where salmon come every year to reproduce and many animals are depending on the salmon to eventually show up. A big stream of fresh water can be enchanting and incredibly unforgiving in the north of Scandinavia.

Witness Something Real

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We see people pass by and watch things happen every day, different and weird things. But not many of them are “real”. I’m talking about life-and-death real. In nature, there’s a big chance that you will actually see power struggles between species or even animals protecting their young ones.

Although I like to believe that our lives in the smart phone matters, they are not equally “real” as the nature outside is. It’s not rare to watch animals fight over a caught fish or bird eggs, I guess it depends on where you are camping.

Clean and Clear

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You will notice that the air start getting cleaner and the stars shine brighter at night as soon as you start moving out from the city towards the real nature. The air can be felt both day and night; while the reduced light pollution can be noticed mostly at night.

The fact that you breathe fresh air and see the nature clearer allows you to quickly adapt to camping outdoors. This can be experienced the most by taking a flight to a northern location with as little air pollution as possible.

The light pollution from cities doesn’t only destroy the beautiful view of the stars, it also prevent the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) from showing up in the same extent as in the north of Scandinavia.

Sound Notifications OFF

Bring a cell phone but keep it off. It’s not vital for people to be able to reach you since any issue can wait until you get back from the camping trip. The sound notifications of our mobiles, tablets and computers are disrupting the momentum of our daily life.

Speaking with people nowadays is not the same as it was a couple of years ago, it now seems impossible to maintain 100% of participant’s focus throughout a complete conversation. Make sure that you don’t infect your camping trip with unnecessary sound notifications during your stay in nature.

You want to avoid using your battery until you actually need to make a phone call during the trip. Hopefully, everything goes as planned and you will not have to make any phone calls at all.

Self-sufficient

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Aristotle claimed that a happy man is a self-sufficient man. Ultimately, we came from being self-sufficient tribes who eventually made ourselves dependant on each other. It’s weird how we still do that, it is very common for people to pay for each other’s drinks at the pub – an attempt to increase value of a relationship.

It’s natural for us to do so, but it is a luxury that came from our great progress in evolution over time. Deep down however, we come from being self-sufficient individuals and I believe that it’s important to try to rediscover that every now and then. Set up a camp, start a fire, hunt for food and live off the land where you camp. The sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. I guarantee it.

Being self-sufficient is actually a really important feeling to have felt at least once during a lifetime. It is however worth mentioning that many of us actually never experience it in their lives. I’ll end this article by quoting Bob Marley:
“In this great future, you can’t forget your past”