Hi to all,
This will be a first in a series of post about adventures along the trail. I am an avid hiker with 45 years experience, in all types of terrain and climates. You see I am not just a fair weather hiker; in fact some of my best trips where in what most folks would call the wrong time of the year. But hey, if you like the trail like I do it isn't about the time of year, it is about the opportunity to go. I for one would not ever miss a chance. Now, with that all out of the way, let’s talk for a minute about gear. Obviously that depends a lot on the time of year and your weather. However, I am a firm believer in the old saying "I would rather have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it." So just keep in mind the basics of survival. You will need water, food, clothing and shelter, in that order. Now of course if you are just out for a day trip it might be as simple as just packing enough water. However, if you are like me, the longer on the trail the better and anything from a long weekend to a two week vacation trip are not out of the question. I will cover specifics in a future article on how to decide what and what not to take. Just remember this; the further you hike the heavier a pack begins to feel. OK, enough on that for now, one thing I never leave behind no matter what the conditions are is my trusty hiking staff. Now I must admit that through the years I have traded up a time or two. They all have been called my favorite at some point but the thing they all had in common was functionality and durability. A good stout staff has helped me to ford rivers and streams. My staff has very often helped me to maintain balance and stability when climbing steep grades on mountainous hikes. I have even help a snake or two out of my way (I don’t like snakes) but hey, live and let live in nature. They do have a greater purpose in the scheme of it all. Without them we might have another outbreak of bubonic plaque or something. In other words, they eat a lot of rats. Yuk!
Well that is about all I have for now but be sure to check back often for future post. Good hiking to all.