Hiking and Walking  

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Of all the ways of communing with Nature the best must be through a grand tour. What does that involve you ask? In fact, it’s really little much more than a plain, normal walk or hike, but it is significantly larger in scale and much more planned. When you go on an ordinary trek, you can do it alone or with a close friend or a buddy. However, if you go on a tour, you may be part of a large party and accompanied by a guide.

They follow the same basic rules as in ordinary outings. For instance, you need roughly the same things you would normally need on a simple journey, such as the following:

• Flashlight – with extra batteries
• Map of the area or trail
• Compass
• Matches – preferably wind-proof
• Fire starter – place them in waterproof containers
• Extra clothing – such as rain jacket, emergency blanket
• First aid kit
• Sunglasses, pocket knife, nylon cord
• Extra food or water – include a way to purify water gathered on the trek, lunch, energy food, trail-mix, bites to eat, etc.

Other items you may also want to take on your hiking tour:

• Tent
• Binoculars
• Toilet paper
• Signal mirror
• Garbage bags
• Cellphone
• Hiking stick
• Camera and film

When you are on the trail in a hiking tour, the main rules and trail manners should be practiced to ensure that your experience does not damage the natural environment or the experience of fellow hikers.

Below is a gist of these rules:

Before the Trip

The first thing you need to do is to determine your own mental, physical, and practicle abilities. More than that, you should also be aware of your restrictions as well. Remember that just because you are joining a hiking tour with a large group and a guide does not mean that you ought to forget your limits. Understanding things like these about yourself is essential for your protection. Make adjustments to your plans in the light of this. In this way you can prevent difficulties that might cause injuries to yourself or even injuries to other people.

Another rule before go is to make sure you are well-informed about the trails you will take. This is because some ares are really quite perilous and require more practised and experienced hikers. Finding out about hiking area conditions and weather outlook is one way. Having a detailed and up to date map with you is also another. For last minute updates and firsthand information about the trail, check with local authorities.

Next, ensure that you are well-equipped and planned for your proposed hiking tour. In addition, make sure that your gear is correct for the area and climate conditions. Take enough food and drinks for your intended hikes and the items included in the list of essentials we have provided for you above.

And lastly, inform people of your itinerary and your expected time of return. This should not be too much of a problem when you are joining tour since companies often keep details of the trips they are offering. However, it is still an extraprecautionary measure to take, if only to appease the worries of your friends and families who are not joining you in the tour.

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