Five Steps to Planning a Hike #hiking #backpacking

ice welcome back everybody truly good to

see it today we're gonna talk about five

key areas that you need to take into

consideration when we're planning a hike

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date so let's get going so the first

thing that we need to do when we're

getting ready to plan for a hike because

we just need to research the hike that

we're gonna be doing whether you're

using Google which is a lot of times you

know what I'll do you know I hit up a

Google search for a hike in the area and

once I have a specific trail name or

location that I want to go to I'm gonna

search that specific area you know I'm

gonna go onto YouTube I'm gonna find

some other videos that people have

posted about what this area is actually

gonna look like I'm gonna look at the

just Google Images

is there something worth seeing along

the way on this hike that we can

encounter you know I also make try to

find some local groups or communities in

the area especially if it's outside of

my own and see what they have to say

about these particular areas and of

course there's all kinds of trail and

hiking apps out there that we can

utilize as well to find some good

reviews and to see some other

considerations that we need to take

prior to steppin out is there fresh

water out there that I can collect or am

I gonna have to pack more water for the

hike and of course I need to take into

consideration things like terrain and

weather so what is the terrain that I'm

gonna encounter is it generally flat are

there a lot of mountain ridges this is

gonna impact you know the wear and tear

it's gonna have on my body depending on

how heavy my pack is you know as well as

you know what am I gonna encounter along

the way maybe I'm a hammock guy is there

trees out in this area or do I need to

pack a tent and then when it comes to

things like weather we know it's kind of

obvious but you know if we get to

stepping out to someplace that's outside

of our area we may be unfamiliar with

the weather in the area is it gonna be a

known drought season is it going to be a

known raining season you know this can

take into consideration things like

flash flooding not having available

water at all where we're going and again

all these things are going to take into

consideration with how I pack and how I

plan and prepare to step out on this

hike and of course another good

consideration when we're trying

planta Hayek is to go find a guide book

so we can go pick up a guide book at a

new bookstore but my recommendation is

hit up a used bookstore and try to find

some that are cut on sale because we

don't need to to go in debt as we're

trying to plan for this hike man and

these guidebooks are chock full of great

information about what to encounter on

the trail the steepness the grade the

slope the elevation planning

considerations specifically for that

hike and just all kinds of knowledge

that we can put it back into our kit bag

and now that we know when and where we

want to go on our hike now it's time to

turn onto step two which is to figure

out what are the rules and regulations

for the specific area of where we want

to go maybe it's a national forest or

national park maybe it's a state park

and so you need to get in touch with

whoever's controlling and maintaining

the land and understanding if there's

any permits that are required before you

get up there are their fire bans or bare

considerations that you need to take

into consideration or maybe routes or

trails are closed during the particular

time line that you wanted to head out

get a really good thing about getting in

touch with who is managing the land is a

lot of times that they're gonna have

maps available for you sometimes you can

pick them up on site and sometimes

they'll even mail them out to you and so

speaking of maps now we're ready to

start talking about the third key area

when it comes to planning our hike and

that is planning a route whether we're

talking about a short day hike and out

and back maybe we want to do a loop a

thru-hike just set out set up a base

camp whatever it is that you want to do

you need to get a solid map and a

topographical map is best because this

can provide the most detail of what you

can expect when you get boots on the

ground you need to take into

consideration things like the elevation

change because again this is going to

impact what your mileage markers can be

per day

you know while in some places you may

only get five miles a day in other areas

you may be able to get up to fifteen or

twenty miles a day what are some

different benchmarks that we're gonna

see along the way is there a known major

train feature that you want to go to and

stop at to set up a camp or they're just

things that you expect to see along the

way and these are all important not only

as we're trying to plan a route

day-to-day but it also serves as a

safety precaution so that we can work

our way back and so the fourth

consideration that we need to take into

count is actually packing itself

choosing the right pack for this hike

maybe all you need is a small 18 liter

pack maybe you need a 30 liter pack

maybe you need a 70 liter pack so what

size pack you're gonna need for this

hike is gonna be dictated about what

your goals and objectives are how long

you're gonna be out on the trail one of

the primary things we need to get inside

our pack of course is food and water and

we need to know how much of each one we

need to take out on the trail with us

you know we've done some reconnaissance

we've talked to so local communities

we've done on google searching whatever

it is and so we should know based on the

time of year and what's available out on

the trail how much water that we can

take with us compared to how much water

is going to be out there and we can also

take into consideration how much Scooby

Snacks and food that we need to take out

there with us how about just some basic

survival gear that you need to take out

with you and what are you coming in and

all of this especially if you're going

on a longer hike you need to take into

consideration the total weight because

you don't want a pack that's going to

weigh you down and cause for long days

what are your plans for how are you

going to sleep and set up base camp are

you going to set up a pop-up tent you're

going to sleep in a hammock out under

the stars with nothing but a poncho

overhead is there a specific gear you

need for your goals your objectives for

this maybe you're trying to go out and

do some rock climbing so you want to

make sure you have all of your specific

gear for that and of course you need to

take out some basic survival skills so

that you can take care of things like

food fire water shelter and first-aid in

the event that anything should happen

and when you take into consideration all

of these things that you're gonna take

out on the trail with you you need to

take into consideration and so how much

is your pack gonna weigh you know this

is going to dictate the wear and tear

that we're gonna put on our bodies and

there may be some things if I'm not

going out on a solo hike that other

people can share as well and so the last

thing I'm going to leave you with when

it comes to packing is to make sure you

physically check that everything works

the way you expect it to make sure you

inspect its cleanliness make sure you

inspect that it actually works and

operates the way it's supposed to and

design to do don't expect your GPS to

work if it's been sitting in your garage

for the last two years in the oven

take the batteries and my recommendation

is to put everything in its own

waterproof bag inside your pack this

keeps everything organized down inside

your pack and you need to reach in for

something to pull out a clean pair of

socks it's right in there and you know

that that pair of socks is dry because

there's nothing worse than having wet

socks on your feet when you're out on

the trail all right so the fifth key

area that we need to take into

consideration when we're planning a hike

or our final preparations get back on

the internet and check the local

conditions again before you step out

maybe there's been some weather changes

that have happened maybe there's a fire

in the area that you weren't aware of

because it didn't hit your local news

and of course there's one other key

thing that you need to do before you get

in your car and you head out for the

trail and you need to take out a piece

of paper and you need to summarize what

your hike is is there a trail name for

the hike that you're going out on make

sure you start off with that what is the

date that you're actually getting onto

the trail and what is the date that

you're back in your car heading back for

the house write down the local ranger

station or authority numbers who takes

care of that property include a map if

you have one and give all this

information to somebody that you know

and you trust because when that date and

that time comes when you said that you

should be back in your car or heading

back home they need to hear from you and

if they don't they need to try to get in

touch with you and after a certain

period of time of course they need to

try to get in touch with local

authorities because unfortunately

accidents happen while we're out on the

trail and we need to take this into

consideration okay everybody so there

you have it five key areas I need you to

take into consideration as you're

starting to plan a hike if you enjoyed

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