Hiking and Walking  

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Camping on your trip is really the best way to be outside and appreciate nature. Whether you like to be in the woods, mountains, or canoeing down the river, the way you enjoy it is really up to you. But deep in the country trips are pretty much the best way to enjoy the outdoors experience. A person once said about camping and hiking:

“Take nothing but memories. Leave nothing but your footprints, and kill nothing but time.”

That line truly defines the essence of camping. But for beginners, the following tips may also help:

• Always remember to take out with you what you packed in
• Keep the noise level at a minimum. This way you won’t ruin other people’s enjoyment and you’ll have more chance to see wildlife.
• Leave the trail cleaner where you found it.
• You should resist washing your feet, yourself (brushing your teeth, washing your face, and such), clean your pots and pans by the camp site’s water sources. Not even if the source is a pump, a lake, or a river.
• Use fires only if you absolutely must. Fires disfigure the land. If you do use a fire, make sure you use it in the provided fire rings if possible.
• Pitch your tent only in the correctly marked out areas.
• Preach what you practice. Most people won’t think about these things on their own. Endeavor to be a responsible, considerate hiker and show them the way.

So now that you know some of the camping etiquettes, time for you to start packing. It is the general rule that you should take as little as you can. Not only because you want to increase the adventure of living on limited provisions in the wilderness, but because it’s really not on carrying large and heavy loads while hacking rough terrain. One, it would hamper you down and tire you out easily. Two, you probably won’t be using most of the items anyway.

When you go camping hiking, it is a given that risks are involved. But majority of these risks can be avoided with some preparation and foresight. Use the following hints to keep you and your buddy safe on your hiking trip:

• In preparation for your trip, always make sureto let someone else know where you intend be and when they should expect your return. You might consider this is being overly protective, but it doesn’t hurt to let someone know your location.
• Before you hit the trail, check all your equipment, not only to see if you have everything you need but also to find out if anything in there isn’t working properly. For instance, if your stove doesn’t work, you need to know that before you are in the middle of nowhere.
• Always remember that hiking is a physical challenge and depending on your personal health, you should only challenge yourself as much as you think you can. Set the limits for yourself. Don't be too confident with your capabilities.
• And lastly, you brought along a map for some reason. Use it!

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