Hiking- Explore the World

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So many people are into hiking for a daily basis as a hobby that if they have placed their ads on the web, it had been trampled long ago. If you are a beginner to this trail world, hiking will be the best exercise for you with the opportunity to explore the outside world. Whether you are walking down the hills or sliding with mountains of ice, benefits are almost unlimited of remaining closer to nature. However, here are some things to know before you pack for your trails for a long time.

Prepare yourself: First thing to know if your body is perfectly in a working condition especially your leg muscles for your trails, your heart and lung to supply with adequate oxygen. One should not think of crossing miles in their very first day. If you are thinking of hiking in a regular manner, you must follow the instructions and know the limits of your body. Hiking in a regular manner will let you know what your body can handle.

Together is fun: Hiking alone can be a little heavier or in some case dangerous. Take a friend equally interested in hiking and confident in finishing a planned trip.

Sensible and gradual Planning: True hiking is not just a one-day excitement. A gradual and slow planning with an everyday routine is necessary when you intend to go on your big trail hiking. Start from today with a couple of minutes jogging down to the market and coming back and increase your time and distance in a regular manner.

Learn to pack: The lighter your bag, the easier your beginning. You surely aren’t planning to climb the Everest on your very first day. Hiking for a long time allow you to take weights, but as a beginner make sure you take only the lighter simple but necessary things like water, some snacks and first aid. When you are ready to take weights and preparing a full day hiking, you may pack 20-40 pounds as your body allows you.

Hiking accessories: Wear on your hiking boots; pack your rain gears and go. You may try timberland footwear with strong sole, hand gloves and a hat to help you protect the heat, supportive and comfortable socks, some additional clothes and sunscreen–that’s all you need to be e a hiking dude! You may need camping equipments if planning something bigger and longer.

Choose your trail: When you are all ready and conditioned, experienced with miles of hiking, next thing to do is to choose your own hiking trails, know the weather condition of that place, network coverage and environment. Explore something new is always fun and exciting, but knowing your trails makes it easier for a long trail hikes. Give preferences to those places you would love to enjoy. Not everybody equally feel the same attachments with the hills or ice or forests. Love your trails and hiking will be a recreation then; not any tiring walk that you hurry to finish.

Wake up and go. Hikers travel around the world in a dream to cross the places nobody even dare to look. That’s something you will feel when you are enough crazy for your trails. Hiking is an experience that lasts for lifetime and makes you feel alive.

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My first Post – Hiking in Vancouver

Downtown, Vancouver
Downtown, Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cliff Walk, Capilano Suspension Bridge
Cliff Walk, Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver British Columbia, an elegant city that is surrounded by amazing mountains and beauty in general. Summer time in Canada sees the coming of near perfect weather in Vancouver. Planning a hike or trek in the mountains is a must do. You will be exposed to some truly breathe taking landscapes and sites such as Capilano Suspension Bridge, Mount Cheam, St Mark’s Summit, and Garibaldi Lake etc.

A must see is Crown Mountain. Just google an image of this and it will blow you away. It is the most visible peak from downtown Vancouver. Head to the Grouse Sky ride to get to the trail head for a less crowded hiking experience. An alternative or the more commonly used path is the Grouse Grind. The path certainly befits the name as it can be extremely hard on your knees. On the whole it will take you roughly 5 hours to get to the peak and return.

Mount Cheam makes this list as it is probably one of the easiest to climb. The road leading upto the within an hour’s hike of the summit is 90% of the time covered in snow. However you can definitely head over between July and October for a breathe-taking experience. You will definitely need a 4×4 to access the backcountry forest road. This is situated just away from Chilliwack Lake. There is also a website dedicated to this Mountain so do check that out.

Looking to head outside for a nice family trip along a trail that people from all ages can enjoy? Then check out Carmanah Walbran Valley, Strathcona Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson too. It is a divine drive to Camrahan which lasts only 1 hour. Sooke is another place which has a lot of swimming holes and mountain visa hikes. Vancouver really is your tail walkers dream.

If you are the type that needs a challenge then getting to Garibaldi Lake will certainly interest you. A hard trek with endless twists and turns will pave the way to natures finest. You will be stunned by the celestial beauty of the lake. There is a campground on the south side too where you can spend a day. The entire trek should only take you 3 hours but it is definitely recommended to spend a whole day there. You can book at the park page and consider doing other hikes where you can see the Pacific Ocean and the whistler from the same mountain top. There are plenty of wild flowers and rare flora and fauna on display.

The MEC in Broadway is your best place to get hiking gear as well. You get everything from basic ropes and cords to more advanced climbing gear to deal with ice and mountaineering challenges. Protection is very important especially when hiking on steel trails, acquiring rock hardware is also strongly recommended. As they say climbing is all to do with your feet, getting the best footwear is essential for a smooth experience. Always make sure you wear a helmet as well.

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