Are You Prepared When Your Next Hike Takes An Unexpected Turn?

Steep Hiking Trail

As my friend and I made our way down the 1,528 foot descent of Hemmed In Hallow Trail, we commented that it was going to be a tough hike out. Fortunately we were prepared when circumstances made it more difficult than we anticipated.

By mid afternoon the temperature was 10 degrees higher than forecasted. With little breeze in the valley the heat became an issue and the steep trail made the two-hour ascent even more difficult than expected.

Many of us have experienced a hike that took more effort than we originally planned. Are you prepared when your next hike takes an unexpected turn?

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Is A Hike Of Less Than Forty Miles Worth Putting Your Boots On?

Michael Duff on a day hike.

If you are into backpacking it’s easy to get excited about the possibility (dream) of a long hike. We all want to do the Appalachian Trail thru hike!

But the reality of life is, most us don’t have the time or resources for a 2,181-mile hike. If we are honest, we struggle to put a Saturday and Sunday back to back.

It’s easy to adopt the mindset that if we can’t hike 40 miles it is not worth getting our packs out. When we do so, we miss some great opportunities. Don’t underestimate the value of a day hike.

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