Personal Hiking Tips

This article is meant for me, but it might be of use to other people so I figured it might as well be public. The trail in question will be covered in a different article. This is just stuff that I happened to learn a long the way.

Every trip is different. A hike is no different. This weekend we went on a two-day hiking trip which constituted 10 summits over 37 kilometers. Here’s an outline of what went well, and what could have gone better.

What went well :

  • I carried a light backpack. My single-person tent and my light inflation mattress barely took any space. This gave me a chance to play with weight distribution. To have a light backpack is a real blessing, every ounce that can be spared should be spared.
  • I had a headlight for the night. Self-explanatory, but I’ve been in a situation where my flashlight was my self-phone with low battery. That’s not a cool position to be in.
  • Avocados and sardines make you a beast. You can eat avocados with a spoon, they have high-fat content and they are delicious. The sardines kept me filled for hours and they are compact.
  • Using hiking poles or walking sticks. It was my first time using these, but they made the trip a lot easier. It saved my ankles on more than one occasion going down.

What didn’t go so well :

  • Didn’t bring flip-flops. Without them your feet never really get a chance to breath. It sucks.
  • I only brought a synthetic base shirt with a cotton t-shirt. Kept getting wet on ascensions then super cold during breaks. This constant cold-warm feeling makes you feel like crap after a day. It’s worth investing in some merino wool equipment and to have a decent layering system.
  • Earache caused by strong wings. A pair of ear plugs or a hat with flat panels on the sides would have saved me from an earache that lasted about 4 hours.
  • Basic kit for food. Cutlery and a small portable mug would have saved me from using my fingers to eat warm pasta. This was simply dumb on my part. I overlooked the point that I would have to eat and drink warm stuff at some point on the trail…
  • Bad satchel for holding camera. I had a separate bag for my camera. Which kept banging on my knees and put pressure on my neck for no good reason. Get a chest strap camera holder for optimal hiking.
  • Glass case. I unfortunately kept my prescription glasses in the same comportment as my keys. This ranks among the dumbest moves I have made this year. Why? I now have minor scratches in both of my lenses.

That’s pretty much it. Overall, I need to get a decent lunch kit for cooking food and read-up on proper foot care. The rest is history.