photo: 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 and 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. Wellness Powder makes it possible. There are a variety of ways to grab Wellness Powder on the go, but sometimes all it takes is one serving of Wellness Powder, a shaker and your favorite drink (I like cold brew for that extra kick, but water works just fine as well). Wellness Powder is more than your traditional protein powder, it's got 15-18g of protein plus a happy helping of probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself, and 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 and map. Do your research and know the route you’ll be taking, but bring backup in case your phone dies or you lose service, and screen shots are lost (this happens 10/10).
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 and 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 and doesn’t drag you down. Ever taken off a backpack and realized that you’re missing skin on your hips, back and 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 and comfy packs. This is my go to, it also has a hydration sleeve that can comfortably fit a 70oz hydration bladder.
- 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 AND 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 (10/10). It's also important to carry a multi-purpose tool or knife for emergencies.
- Headlamp, lighter and 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 and rain gear in case there is a change in weather or for warmth and a lighter in case you need to make a fire.
- Extra food and water purification tablets Bring some backup snacks and 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 and when you expect to be back. Hopefully these tips (and your morning Wellness Powder) help you reach your summit and own your adventure, happy hiking!
Keep it real,
The Kura Tribe Copy Director
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