A great way to get some excellent exercise and experience the beauty of what nature has to offer is to take a hike this Fall. Fall can be the most gorgeous season of the year with the varying colors. When you are out in nature, you will definitely witness beauty you can’t find in your own backyard. Not only that, but with the changes in altitude, and terrain, you find yourself using muscles you wouldn’t when taking a walk or run through your own neighborhood. You can find a list of Utah hiking trails all over the state at http://www.utah.com/hike/ . They list trails for those looking for a pleasant outdoor walk up to “experienced backpackers only” locations.
Here are some tips to make your backpacking trip and raging success!
When packing your backpack, here are ten items you don’t want to leave behind, according to outdoor pro, Bear.
- Protection from the sun (i.e. sunglass and sunblock)
- Food (one and half pounds per person is suggested…things like nuts, seeds, dried fruit and jerky)
- Water (32 oz per person)
- Extra clothing layers (in case of change in weather, especially rain gear)
- First Aid Kit
Another suggestion…learn how to read your map before taking off for your hike. You will want experience with a map of your hike and a compass because you most likely will not have GPS access when you’re out in the woods. Keep yourself safe by knowing what you’re looking at in advance.
If the quiet of the outdoors has you a little spooked, just remember that most critters are more afraid of you than you are of them. If you’re worried you’re being followed (or stalked) by some creatures, stop, listen and call out “Hello”. This is usually enough to scare them off.
It’s best to not take a potty break in the bushes. You could disturb and anger an animal or a bees nest that might be near by. It’s best to find a bigger clearing and check your surroundings before doing your business.
Last, but not least, leave no trace. This means that everything you pack in (including used toilet paper) needs to be packed back out. Bring ziplock baggies the seal garbage in to throw away later. We want to keep our outdoors clean for ourselves and our children. The only way to do that is to clean up after ourselves.
Most of all, enjoy the Fall. Before you know it, Winter will be upon us. It seems like the Fall and Spring seasons are getting shorter and shorter here in Utah. Take your kids, make sure you’re wearing good shoes and enjoy the outdoors and the fresh Fall air!