You don’t have to be a perfect athlete to take part in hiking, however, if you are up for testing yourself, preparing yourself for any eventuality and love the thrill of an extremely challenging hike, then there are certain fitness levels and diets you can be using to improve your hiking fitness.
If you don’t, you can find yourself tested to your limit and beyond. This has happened to me once a few years ago in a competition. I was the youngest and least experienced of the four-man team and we were behind, after ascending and descending one valley in North Wales, Snowdonia, I was already tired, but then came the killer; another valley, even steeper and higher than before.
If you have been following my series on How to become a hiker, then you should now be thinking of how to start, what things you will need, etc.; yes? Well you are in the right place, what will follow is a list I have created from my few years experience of hiking, they are my essentials to every walk; and while this list is by no means comprehensive, it is a very good guideline to anyone who is curious about what to take.
What makes a good hiking trail? A good hiking trail is picturesque, with waterfalls and mountains in some cases. Sometimes you get only grass and trees, but you are glad to be out in nature. The best hiking boots work good on both terrains.