While going for a trekking tour, you have to take extra precautions and
make sure to pay out a few extra bucks and your time to choose the correct
boots, otherwise half of your trip will be in pain.
Spend little more time to get a correct size of your shoes as poor-fitting
shoes can be tormenting on a long trek. Go for a brand with a diverse
variety of widths, some companies also offer narrow as well as wide boots.
Women trekkers should go for a 'gender-specific boot', that have an
anatomically accurate shape called as a "last". You have to be
sure enough that your toes do not touch the end of the laced-up boots when
you walk down a slope, and also the heel doesn't lift more than a quarter of
an inch when you walk.
Start with beginner-rated trails of a mile or less and then work your way
up to longer, more difficult hikes. Normally a signboard is always there at
the trailhead that shows the route length, also always mark your time and
effort respectively as the posted mileage is typically one-way.
Taking up a trekking adventure, with a pack thong to your back doesn't
demand extra ordinary skill or co-ordination, but demands planning, the
selection of right equipment, and of course the plain old common sense.
Skills that are demanded for hiking apply to any outdoor adventure. Hiker
should have the knowledge of basic first aid- how to bandage a wound, apply
moleskin, and notice the symptoms of dehydration and heatstroke. Learn how
to read clouds; knowing radiance from a cumulus can be the difference
between a drenched cloud and a simply cloudy one.
While on a trek, you have to make it to the day's destination. Altitudes
above 14,000 feet or upright gains of more than 2,000 feet per day need
excellent physical fitness. The coaches can appraise your physical health
level, but if you have any problem like nausea or shortness of breath allied
with high altitudes, be cautious and take the prescribed medicines along
Your bag should be equipped with multiple pockets, padded shoulder straps,
and big zipper closure. When appropriately fitted, the bag base should rest
on your waste-back and the top should be at least one hand-width beneath the
base of your neck. Select a pair of shoes, a half-size larger than your
normal shoes to allow for some swelling as you walk and to adjust thick
hiking socks. Go for thick wool or synthetic blend socks designed to prevent
moisture from the feet, as moist feet can result into vesicle in skin. Other
important gear up required in your bag are- first-aid kit, water bottle,
Swiss Army knife, topographic map, compass, space blanket, and winter
Loop trail: A trail that starts at a certain
point and reaches back to the same point.
Scare slope: A rigorous inclination of loose
rock and crushed rock.
Saddle: A tour extended over the rock-bottom
sight between two peaks, identical like a seat.
Aiming off: It helps in knowing exactly which
way to turn to get to your destination.