Up until last October, I could never been an described as an”outdoorsy” person, I didn’t own anything waterproof and my idea of a sports shoe was my white pair of Converse. This all changed when my boyfriend and I tackled the 2nd highest peak in the UK; Snowdon Mountain. It my first hike and it shocked absolutely everyone I knew.
Being a complete novice, I thought it would be useful to share some of the tips and tricks that I picked up in the hope to inspire another novice to take the leap (not literally..don’t worry)
How to prep for your hike:
- Stretch!- your body will hate you otherwise!
- Have a good breakfast & hydrate- Empty tummy + Hillwalking = “Hangry” mess
- Bathroom check before you leave (there are no toilets on the mountain..who would have thought eh?!)
- Sunscreen – even if you think you don’t need to.
- Map out your route- mark it on a map or download on your phone.
What the hell do I wear?
Sadly, it’s not about fashion and functionality is key when shopping for your gear.
- Invest in a good pair of hiking boots/shoes. You will need to wear these a few times before you hike to break them in so they don’t rub your feet and create blisters. Make sure to get measured properly at a suitable store and combine them with proper hiking socks.
- Layers are your friend no matter what season or location. For winter, a tight fitted under-layer, fleece and light waterproof jacket is perfect. In the summer, drop one of these or add in lighter short sleeves.
- Breathable fabrics work best so that you don’t end up a sweaty mess and try your best not to mix fabric types. Wool & wool or synthetics & synthetics.
What to pack in your kit:
- Light snacks; cereal bars, dried fruit/nuts & bananas are all great.
- Water bottle or Camelbak reservoir
- Packet of Tissues
- Mini first aid kit with plasters
- Insect bite cream
- Face mist
- Sun screen
- Hand sanitiser & Hand Cream
- Lip Balm
After your hike:
- Stretch- your body will thank you for it!
- Have a bath & apply some muscle cream
- Eat a healthy protein packed meal- feed those hard working muscles.
- Pour yourself a large glass of wine and bask in your new found hiker smugness