As far as hiking goes, I have neglected to mention many of my hikes on this site. I don’t always feel so inspired about promoting the hikes I do as I actually do loving them. Unusually, I also didn’t share many of my photos from such hikes. The big exceptions seem to be the epic Inca Trail 4 day hike through the valleys of Peru in 2010. Later, hiking up Mount Kinabulu aged 32 seemed like I was old at the time, but now it seems I was so youthful and that was a tough-ish hike. However, before embarking on such hikes, we need to be aware that planning and research is just as essential as the actual equipment you take with you. Here are some of the best gadgets and equipment for hiking adventures. You can also check this extensive guide for backpackers and hikers to get thoroughly prepared.
As a long term backpacker come whackpacker (self-titled moniker), I love to have a backpack that is sturdy, dafe, cosy to wear, looks good and has secret parts. The last few years I have been using two different MindShift gear backpacks – a blue one and a green one. I simply love these. The green one has different compartments for everything as well as having a full back section that opens like a suitcase.
Forget having a laptop or phone and expecting them to do everything – those are for modern travellers who forgot the basics in life. The Inca Trail alone was without electricity for 3 days, so there is no chance of charging a phone or anything like that. Of course back in 2010 when I backpacked the Inca Trail, I didn’t even have a phone. So to know the time, to set alarms and to make sure you are not late for your flights and trains – go for the obvious – a proper watch!! And while picking a watch, go for a decent up to date waterfproof watch – you want it to survive in case you fall into the water at some point.
I am a reader of books, but mostly wither factual books, travel books, football books or statistic books. I don’t really do fake books, or fantasy books. I want the story to be real. Hence why I loved Martin McGartland’s 50 Dead Men Walking and The Curious Case of William Baekeland by Harry Mitsidis. Bring a book for the evenings when you chill out in the tent or overlooking some valleys. It’s also good to stimulate your mind away from the physical side of hiking.
It goes without saying that you need to pack the right type of clothes. On any hike, I would never neglect this hat-trick of hat, gloves and scarf. You will need them. For those epic yet cold sunrises, to nights avoiding mosquitos – it is never a waste of time or space to carry these.
I could write a lot more, but some things are obvious like water, fruit, snacks and waterproofs. I have written about hikes before but I have yet to cover the Guatemala hikes, especially Tajamulco.
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