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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 It will help you develop a better understanding and respect for the places you night hike in.

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 is scary!

But don’t let this concept change your mind about going. It is actually one of the best reasons to go.

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.



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