Hiking Necessities

March 1st, 2014 § 0 comments

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I love being outdoors but as much as I want to indulge in activities like hiking and camping, my busy schedule does not give me a lot of time to do so. But whenever I do have time, I try to enjoy these activities to the fullest. Hiking is something that I enjoy because it has many health benefits such as improved cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness, increased bone density or a slower loss of density, reduced depression, better quality of sleep, and weight control among others. Furthermore, I get to enjoy the beauty of nature.

There are plenty of places around the world where you can do this activity but hiking in Australia remains to be on top of my list. It has some grand walking trails like Heysen Trail, Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory, Bibbulmun Track, and Larapinta Trail across the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell Ranges where you can do day walks, short scenic sections or pace end-to-end on trips that take weeks or months to finish.

Naturally you will need to wear the right clothes and shoes and have appropriate gear on your hiking trip. The essentials however, do not need to be expensive to be trail-worthy. But it would be great if they are functional, comfortable, and fashionable. Wear synthetic T-shirts, shorts, wool sweater, waterproof / wind-proof rain / wind jackets, hiking or rain pants, and hiking specific socks. As for footwear, hiking boots are the way to go. Your backpack needs to be big enough to carry your food, water, extra clothes and other necessities (map and compass, firestarter and matches, multi-tool or knife, first aid kit, flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries, sunscreen and sunglasses) comfortably.

Nowadays, we see a lot of online stores selling sportswear and outdoor clothing at affordable prices. One of them is The Clymb which offers discounts of up to 70% off retail on the best hiking gear by the most premium brands. Here you will find men and women’s apparel, hiking shoes, packs, poles, and a lot more from brands like Adidas, Timberland, Teko, Keen, Hanwag, Merrell Footwear, Columbia, Ecco etc. I happen to be interested in the Men’s Terrex Fast X Mid GTX from Adidas which is great for quick hikes. Some of its features are TRAXION outsole built with Continental Rubber for extraordinary grip on slick surfaces, FORMOTION in the heel which enhances control, and protective synthetic-and-mesh upper lined in waterproof breathable GORE-TEX.

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