Hiking Season: Getting Back On Your Feet
Did you put a lot of miles on those hiking shoes/boots last season? If you think it may be time to toss out your old hiking boots, check out these tips from REI on when to replace your shoes. To avoid those pesky blisters, be sure to break your new boots in by wearing them on short walks, before setting out on a hike.
Gear we love to see in that pack: water bladder/water bottle,first aid kit, map/GPS, pocket knife, waterproof matches or lighter, wet wipes, headlamp/flashlight, portable charger, sunscreen, gloves, hat, extra layers of non-cotton clothing and energizing snacks such as energy bars or trail mix.
For those handy items that don't take up space or weigh you down, consider adding these to your pack:
• Pakems - Function and form come together in this lightweight, packable shoe., simply fold the boot down and pack them along to slip on after your hike. Whether you're getting in your car after a hike or setting up camp, these boots are ready to slip on post-hike so you can relax those hard-working feet.
• Sea to Summit Dry Bags - Because you never know if a rain storm will pop up or when you may have to cross water, dry bags keep your electronics and other useless-when-wet items dry and accessible.
• The Kilimanjaro Ascend is a compact, keychain multi-tool packed with everything from pliers to a nail file.
• The LuminAID is a handy portable light that's waterproof and can float. It charges in the sunlight, so you don't have to worry about the batteries running out. They pack much benefit, they won't pack much weight along, the lights only weigh about 3-4 ounces depending on the size you choose. The best part, if you buy a light, the company will give a light to the Nepal Earthquake Relief.
• The Hummingbird Hammock is a lightweight and small packing hammock, weighing in nearly 30% lighter than its competitors. Combined with the Ultralight Tree Straps, the hammock and straps weigh in at only 7.3 ounces. This hammock is durable and can be very reliable for those times when you need a rest by that serene lake.
Not familiar with the local trails or hiking in general? Let one of our knowledgeable guides introduce you to hiking and the local Tahoe trails. You can book right here, online or over the phone by calling 530-913-9212. Reservations required.