Lets Talk About Hiking – Frequently Asked Questions About Hiking

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Every now and then We get so many calls, texts and WhatsApp messages people inquiring about hiking and the outdoor trips we host. Do you want to know how to get into hiking & Outdoor trips but have no clue where to start? No worries, you’re in the right place.
For seasoned Hikers this article is also for you, also, feel free to share with anyone who may be interested in hiking and grow the family of mountain lovers.

One of our big Objectives here at Wild springs adventures is to inspire you to get out and have new adventures and outdoor experiences. We know getting started is the hardest part so we want to get you all the information you need to get you on your way. Hiking is one of the easiest ways to get outdoors. We have put together some of the top questions about how to get into hiking and answered them for you.
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1. WHERE DO I START?

Hiking is a wonderful way to experience outdoors. It’s an activity that almost anyone can do. This is how to do it, develop a desire to step out and experience outdoors. If you a new hiker start with day excursions, Day trips give you a chance to travel for a day to a destination, enjoy the hike and travel back home/hotel in the evening. The second and important step is to search or look for reliable service providers organizing the group hikes since the cost is made cheaper through cost-sharing. Choose a hike and start preparing to attend.

 

2. WHAT DO I NEED?

Gear up. Whether on a day trip or on a major climb proper equipment is absolutely critical. When things go wrong, as they often do, this can mean bad experience which may make you hate hiking. Every outdoor activity requires gears to ensure your comfortability and safety depending on the conditions of the destination visited,
See a breakdown of how to gear up when preparing for a day hike

Day Hikes / Excursions

Shoes

For day hikes hiking shoes or trail running shoes are best. Light shoes enable you to maintain a good pace, during a rainy season you might need to use a proper hiking boot but for sunny weather, keep it simple and use a light firm shoe for the trail.

Pants:

Comfortable hiking pants or gym pants can do during a day hike

Daypack

A well-fitting and comfortable daypack is essential for carrying the gear you’ll need during the hike. Choose a pack large enough to carry essential gear with convenient storage compartments and easy access to water bottles or a hydration bladder. If you an easy hiker you can just carry a camelback with hydration bladder but also with space for some few snacks.

3. I’m NOT FIT ENOUGH TO HIKE FOR LONG HOURS, WHERE SHOULD I START?

This is the most asked question. The best way to get in shape for hiking is to get out on the trails. Start small, you don’t want to just jump right to the toughest trail and end up hating hiking. Perhaps, look at doing a local trail that’s relatively flat, one that you could tackle in an hour or so on the weekends. Hiking is a moment of connecting with oneself and if you join a hike and feel completely the body has hit its threshold for trekking, sit down and relax, it’s not a competition. Always take your own pace till you are fit enough to keep up with the group Easy hikes within Nairobi you may want to start with include Karura Forest Trek and Ngong Hills…

 

4. NONE OF MY FRIENDS ARE OUTDOORSY, HOW DO I FIND PEOPLE TO GO HIKING WITH?

If you don’t have any friends or family members you can drag outdoors, worry not, you will realize hikers are easy and fun-loving people. Once you join a hiking group you will end up meeting strangers who end up making great friends. I am sure many hikers reading this article have witnessed great friendships, connections and networking from people they met on trails

 

5. HOW ABOUT WILD ANIMALS THAT OCCUPY FORESTS AND RESERVES?

Wildlife can be a real concern on some hiking trails. Hiking groups are always accompanied by at least two armed guides to ensure hikers safety, one who pace sets and one that sweeps while group organizers coordinate to make sure no one is left behind, by ensuring there are enough stops to rest. More to that many wildlife animals are elusive and try to avoid trails that are mostly occupied with human activities

 

6. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HIKING?

There so many benefits that comes with hiking, some are physical benefits, psychological benefits. We are at a time where there Major depression, separations, divorces and heartbreaks are on the rise.
Next time someone tells you to “take a hike,” you may want to listen. Getting away from people and out in nature may be exactly what you need to feel happy and healthy, because nature, as it turns out, is a powerful antidepressant

Hiking also and greatly improves physical fitness, healthy brain and lowers high blood pressure.

Take a hike, step out there, experience life changing connections

Happy Hiking

Nganga Kamau
Tour Leader & Mountain Guide at
Wild Springs Adventures

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