To escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and keep fit, there’s no better option than hiking. It’s a fine way to get some time away from the noise of the city and enjoy a stunning view to boot.
Men’s hiking trips often end up with a pint in the local pub, which could counteract any health benefits of the hike itself. But it’s not the destination, it’s the journey, right?!
The same is true of the planning phase, too. It’s an incredibly fun part of any activity, and if done right, leads up to one hell of a destination.
So, whether it’s for charity or for a stag do, here’s your quick guide to planning and organising a weekend hiking trip. Backpacks at the ready!
- Gather the team
I don’t know any males who enjoy hiking alone; it can get quite lonely, and boring. By gathering your wolfpack, you ensure that, even if the weather isn’t great, the lads can still lift your spirits.
- Pick a route
Whether you’re going international or staying on home soil, you’ve many choices at your disposal. In the UK, the Three Peaks hike in the Pennines is the target of many a seasoned veteran.
Across the world, there’s the Grand Canyon hike and the Grindelwald in Switzerland, which could get rather chilly. Don’t forget those gloves!
Speaking of gloves, the equipment you take with you will make or break your trip. You’ll need those gloves and a jacket for colder climates, and shorts for more mild locations. A pair of leupold binoculars could also prove useful for assessing your surroundings, as could a compass.
- Practise makes perfect
You won’t just be able to rock up on the day and walk like a pro. You must have one or two practise walks beforehand, whether solo or as a group.
Even if you just walk through your local woods for a few miles, you’ll gain some perspective. This practise can reveal any health dangers you may have as well as telling you whether you’ll be able to handle the route.
- Plan pit stops
It’s important to plan frequent breaks at checkpoints along the route, so you can rest. Most walks will have these built-in, so look them up. Make sure you find a camping spot for overnight walks, too.
- Check the route terrain and weather
Should you expect mud, or rocks? Will it be grassy, or smoother? The type of terrain will influence the type of footwear you take with you.
Be sure to check the weather too, so you can pack your gear accordingly! Bear in mind it could change on the day.
- Check permits
If you’re walking in certain country areas or national parks, you may need to acquire a permit first. Of course, this depends on the route you chose, so look into any official websites to find the information you need.
And that’s our list! Are there any hiking steps that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!