By Clay Hunter
You have plans of exploring the terrains on a hike but feel a little apprehensive to begin the trip. Before you set out on the trail in a place like Bryce Canyon, ensure that you are equipped with concrete preparations and knowledge on hiking. There are so many places to see here such as the Navajo Loop or Peekabo, but things can go badly if you’re not prepared. Recently we spent time in Bryce for an ATV adventure before beginning our hiking experience, it was the best of both worlds. So prior to proceeding on your hiking journey, consider the following tips below:
- Let others know regarding your plan. Regardless of your plan to take a day or overnight hike, it is important to let someone know of your trip. Also, let them be informed about where you are going to hike so they can get you out if an emergency happens. Please make sure to create a written plan or reminder to someone regarding the day you are setting out and the time of your return, as well as the length of your stay.
- Familiarize your map before your trip commences. Study your map before you set out on a hike. It is important to know the exact location of your trip as well as exit emergency points. Get familiarized with water sources or refills because your trip can be unpredictable at times.
- Keep track of your possible route. Draw attention to the route that you are going to take. Highlight possible tracks such as water sources, exact and probable campsites as well as road intersections.
- Time control plan. Using your map, estimate your location at a certain point of time. The time it takes to reach a certain location might be affected with your walking speed and the number of people in a trip. It is applicable to add up an approximate one (1) hour time for every elevation of 1000 feet. Likewise have a calculation that your speed might be a bit slower when hiking with a group.
- Know the weather forecast before packing. Weather at times is unpredictable and the condition at the mountain base varies from that when you are halfway to the peak. It is necessary to bring along gear to combat rain. Without protection from the cold or rain you can experience hypothermia even if the temperature is only in the 50’s.
Your hiking journey starts before you reach the peak of the trail. Make sure that you are ready to for whatever you’ll encounter along the way. Make the best plans as early as possible and explore your hiking experience with confidence.
Above photo from Flickr, taken by twbuckner.
Clay Hunter is an outdoor evangelist. He’s spent considerable time in the outdoors cayoneering, hiking, backpacking and river rafting. He counts himself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to experience much of southern and eastern Utah through his travels.