Really? Too expensive? Chances are you have a lot of things already that you can use to get started in hiking, but you just don’t realize it. Hikes can be enjoyable no matter what gear you have, and are not necessarily better just because you have the “latest” technical gear, the “best” equipment, or “store bought” dehydrated food.
For example – do you have;
- running shoes or comfortable walking shoes?
- comfortable pants or shorts (not jeans)?
- light jacket or rain jacket?
- small packsack (not essential but handy)
- food in your house?
- waterbottle or bottle of water?
Then you have what you need to start hiking
So – let’s get hiking!
With minimal gear, day hikes are a good place to start, whether you are hiking alone (not the best), with family, friends or pets.
In my blog posts, I have separated Day Hiking (see blog section on Day Hikes) from Backpacking (also a blog section) into sub-categories within the Hiking Category. Even though they have similarities – preparation, planning and execution are much different.
With either of these, the key is to have fun, see new areas, experience nature and to return home refreshed from a day with none of the typical hassles that accompany most days (when you are not hiking).