What you need to do to get started.
The first thing you want to do to get started
is to find a good map of where you are and where good hiking spots
are around you.
If you already know some then that is all
you need, if you need some help you can go out to a local sporting
good store and buy a Atlas & Gazetteer.
A good one to buy is by DeLORME. You can
get to there website by clicking Delorme
There are plenty of others, but looking
up your cities website and getting a list of good campgrounds will
lead you in the right direction.
Also a good resource for you to read is
the S.A.S. survival guide. This will benefit you to understand about
different terrain, climate, geography and what you might be dealing
with in those areas. It teaches you how to survive in the forest
alone. For a copy of this book, visit amazon.com. It will help you
develop a better understanding and respect for the places you night
After you’ve found a suitable place for hiking you may want
to do a drive by during the day to make sure you know a good place
to park, but it’s not necessary.
We would always advise you to go hiking
with someone else, at least 1 person if not a small group.
This is not only for the various reasons
of safety, but if you haven’t figured it out yet, Night Hiking
But don’t let this concept change
your mind about going. It is actually one of the best reasons to
Now that you’ve found someone to go with and you have a good
idea of where you will be hiking it is a good idea to consider what
you will wear. Visit our Gear section for a brief introduction of
what you will need.