The Solo Day Hiker's Guide

Posted by Cassouki Chouramanis Mar 30, 2018

adventure_thesolodayhikersguide.jpgphoto: Adventure & Lifestyle Photographer @Torrey_merritt

If you’re a lone wolf on the trail, or simply just enjoy solace in the mountains, here are some suggestions to help you send safely, adeptly &, with style (helpful links included!).

PREP TO #OWNYOURADVENTURE

  • Behind every great adventurer is…a breakfast. Listen, I am not a morning person, & I understand sometimes you snooze the alarm 13 times and don’t have time to make a super nutritious breakfast. Kura makes it possible. There are a variety of ways to grab Kura on the go, but sometimes all it takes is one serving of Kura, a shaker & your favorite drink (I like cold brew for that extra kick, but water works just fine as well). We like to call Kura a “Wellness Powder” because it’s not just 18g of protein, you’re also getting a happy helping of crucial vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, omega-3s, probiotics &, prebiotics. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself& you will instantly feel the difference in your energy levels as you hike.
  • Kind of obvious, but, know where you’re going. I must add this in because, in the age of the smartphone, sometimes we forget how important it is to have a basic compass & map. Do your research & know the route you’ll be taking, but bring backup in case your phone dies or you lose service, & screen shots are lost (this happens 10 times out of 10).

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

Hiking or running up 2,000+ vertical feet? When you’re sweating it out on an especially steep, technical hike, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars that you have light gear to suit the task. When necessity, purpose & comfort come together, you have reached hiking gear-nirvana. Here’s what that looks like:

  • A technical day pack that hugs you in the right places, fits your must-haves & doesn’t drag you down. Ever taken off a backpack & realized that you’re missing skin on your hips, back, & shoulders? You need that skin, don’t let a backpack steal it from you! Your pack should work with your body. Make sure to measure yourself before you buy. Personally, I love Osprey for their supportive, light & comfy packs. This is my go to, it also has a hydration sleeve that can comfortably fit 70oz of water.
  • Don’t stop to sip, get a hydration bladder. The days of stopping every half-hour to hydrate are over. Get one of these guys to fit right into the hydration sleeve on your pack – it’s a game changer.
  • Treat your feet. If you’re just going for a day hike with a light, technical pack, you should wear lighter footwear. A heavy-duty hiking boot is best for going long distances with a heavy pack. My go-to is this trail running shoe by La Sportiva – it grips, is super comfy and doesn’t weigh me down. You can also get the Goretex version, which is 100% water resistant.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES & MUST-HAVES

  • Bring a first-aid kit It could be you or someone you encounter on the trail who needs help, have this on hand. You’ll be happy you have it (10 times out of 10). It's also important to carry a multi-purpose tool or knife for emergencies. 
  • Headlamp, lighter & layers Sometimes a day hike turns into a night hike – we miscalculate length, take too long drinking that summit beer, or some variation of the two. Always bring a headlamp so you can find your way back. Bring additional layers & rain gear in case there is a change in weather or for warmth & a lighter in case you need to make a fire.
  • Extra food & water purification tablets Bring some backup snacks & these tablets in case you run out of drinking water. 

If you’re hiking alone, remember to always let someone know where you are going & when you expect to be back. Hopefully these tips (and your morning Kura) help you reach your summit & own your adventure, happy hiking!

Keep it real, 

Dina

The Kura Tribe Copywriter

Dina's favorite flavor is Chai, check it out here.

 

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