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Best Hiking Tips
For Women Hikers
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Enjoy this wealth of hiking tips, to be ingested and digested at your convenience.
They are organized by type of hiking (day hike, backpacking, etc.) and time (before a hike, during, and afterwards).
Beginner hiker alert: You can use these hints and tips on what you need to consider before you venture into the great outdoors.
- Because if it's not great being outdoors, why be there?
Best hiking tips for women day hikers: trail techniques
Before You Hit The Trail
Hiking buddies & where to hike
Find an ideal hiking partner
Take a hiking class
Find accessible hiking trails
Beginners, start here
Beginner hiking tips
Use a dayhike checklist
Bring the hiking ten essentials
Choose the best hiking trail
Use a hiking pack list to stay organized
Pack the right lunch
Develop your hiking and outdoor skills
Get comfortable with topographical maps
Outdoor skills you need
Why winter hike?
How to hike in the winter
Night hiking skills
Hiking and camping gear you need
Create a hiking equipment list
Buy the best hiking gear
Choose reliable hiking gear sources
Ultimate guide to choosing the best hiking boots
Consider used outdoor gear
Wear the right pack
Know what to look for in women's hiking clothing
Choose appropriate clothing for your hike
Protect your expensive iPhone
Think ahead: Injury prevention
Pre-hike conditioning and strength
Establish these healthy hiking habits
Use the Leave No Trace Hiking principles
Decide if going solo is right for you
Prepare for hiking in the rain
Safe high altitude hiking
Hot weather hiking tips
Day hike food safety strategies
Cold weather hiking tips
Spring hiking gear list
Consider carrying a bug net
Hike safely during hunting season
Need A Gear List?
Take your pick!
At The Trailhead
Stretch at the trailhead
Last minute gear checks
Eat a snack for quick energy
During Your Hike
Dress in layers
Maintain your energy level
Snack early and often
Go gluten free
Lace your boots correctly
Deal with sore knees
Use a trail journal seven different ways
Read the weather
Carry rain gear
Keep your electronics dry
Carry the infamous Ten Essentials
Handle trail stressors
Protect your skin from UV damage
Deal with hygiene issues
Strategies for hiking with hot flashes
Be safe on the trail
Hot weather hiking
High altitude hiking
Hike your own hike
Take some pictures
Identify what's around you
Avoid tick bites
Know what to do with tick bites
Have fun with geocaching
Easy hiking boot care tips
Post-Dayhike Tips For Women Hikers
Deal with inflammation
Erase aches and pains
Deal with osteoarthritis
Tend to your sore feet
Or your sore back
Or your sore knees!
Manage your swollen fingers
Deal with swollen feet & ankles
Fix toe problems
Ponder all 4 dimensions of hiking
Treat yourself right!
Whoa! That's a whole lotta tips for a fantastic day hike!
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Best hiking tips for backpackers
Many of the best tips for day hikers work for longer trips, too.
But here are specific tips and trail techniques devoted to hikes which involve staying overnight, or night after night, outdoors.
Best Backpacking Tips: Before You
Hit The Trail
Plan a great trip
Consider a long distance hiking trail adventure
Backcountry gear list
Read this if you're planning your first backpacking trip
Overnight trips are a great way to start
Or plan backcountry hiking
Bring hiking camping equipment
Choose the right pack
Consider a waterproof backpack
Choose the right type of tent
Choose a great sleeping bag
Consider a sleeping bag liner
Sleeping bag or backpacking quilt?
Calculate your food needs carefully
Be able to recognize giardia symptoms
Consider lightweight or ultralight backpacking gear
Packing a backpack
Customize a backpacking hygiene kit
Do you need a bear canister?
How and when to use bear spray
Should you bring survival gear?
During Your Backpacking Trip
Keep yourself well fed
Trail etiquette (free pdf download)
Avoid waterborne illness
Use the right hiking pace
Repel the insect pests
Skin care for hikers
Best hiking tips for all hikers:
How To Buy The Best Hiking Gear
Hiking Clothing And Footwear
Wear the right clothes
Be thoughtful about your sports bra
A hiking skirt might be the best choice
Plus size outdoor clothing
Wear the right boots
Narrow feet? Find the best boots
Winter hiking boots
Choose the right socks
Packs And Tents
The best packs
The best tents
Other Essential Hiking Gear
and Outdoor Skills
Score a deal on gear
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Why do you need these
best hiking tips anyway?
Why do you need best hiking tips?
Isn't hiking just walking?
You need the best of the best hiking tips for women hikers because the simple act of taking a hike is complicated by many factors you might not control:
- weather (much different than climate!),
- trail conditions,
- hiking distance,
- pack weight,
- what's on your feet,
- your age,
- your level of conditioning,
- your nutritional and hydration status, and
- your mental state.
Granted, you can control some of these factors, but not all, and not all of the time.
When you're hiking, it's likely that problems will challenge you:
- pesky bugs
- losing the route
- using the wrong hiking pace
And don't overlook the obvious: the
Taken together, these factors play into how effective your hiking techniques may or may not be for the hike you're planning.
- An "easy" 5 mile loop trip on a relatively flat,
well-marked trail can become a nightmare if a sudden storm whips up,
your boots have rubbed your heels raw, and you skipped lunch.
- On the other hand, you can enjoy a 12 mile hike with an
elevation gain of 3000 feet in sub-optimal weather by wearing the right hiking clothing, keeping hydrated,
warm, and snacking appropriately every few hours.
Now is a good time to do a little myth busting about hiking.
The myth of "real" hikers
All of the hiking tips on this page were earned through blood, sweat, tears and triumph during my decades as a hiker.
You can trust them!
But here's a sad fact I see on hiking websites:
- There is no shortage of hiking myths floating around about "real" hiking.
- MYTH: A statement that is wrongly believed to be true.
Examples of myths about how "real" hikers hit the trail:
- You have to break a speed or endurance record.
- You have to go it alone every time.
- Hikers have to look a certain way, weigh a certain amount, and dress in cute hiking outfits.
- If you haven't started hiking in your twenties, it's too late.
- And lots more myths that you should avoid.
might not even notice that you've bought into these
might be letting them hold
you back from quality (and maybe quantity) trail time!
not in my nature to leave these hiking myths unchallenged.
to trail hardened expert, deserves
to be burdened
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Best hiking tips -
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Who knew there was so much to think about as a hiker??
Let's bottom line these hiking tips for women hikers:
To be the best hiker you can be, take the time to develop your strengths.
The tips and tricks on this website will get you off to a strong start.
And your trail time will be richer for it.
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