Hiking is something that is healthy for everyone, and something that everyone should consider trying out. There are different difficulty levels when it comes to hiking, and people should start out with shorter and less difficult hiking routes. As they gain more experience and get used to it, they can progress to longer and more difficult routes. It is healthy for people to hike, since not only does it expose them to fresh air, but also helps to build their muscles. In this article, we are going to discuss the tips to tackle wheelchair hiking.
Do Your Hiking Research
You should always do a research of the trails that you’ll be taking for your wheelchair hike. Many parks that people hike in have information online, or readily accessible information. You should look for details such as the inclines, surface texture, and the difficulty levels.
Invite Friends to Go Wheelchair Hiking
In order to enjoy the hike, it is best to take them as groups. This way, people can enjoy the company of their fellow hikers, and even better if they are comfortable around those people. Just make sure that you’re on the same page as regards to what the hike will be like.
Get the Right Hiking Gear
Taking the right gear with you on the hiking trip is very important. There are many different types of equipment that can be carried along on the hike for use or emergency on the trail. The gear not only refers to the wheelchair and related things, but also the clothing and shoes worn. The tires should be the right type for the hike, as well as the chair, amongst other things. Things like hats, sunscreen, bug sprays, water, snacks, fruits, and many other things should be carried along on the hike.
Bring Snacks & Stay Hydrated
Carrying along water and snacks is very important, no matter how short the hike is. It is important to stay hydrated, and a snack will provide the fuel that you need for the hike. Fruits are also very important. Make sure to carry snacks that will provide you with proteins and carbohydrates. Remember to hydrate before the hike, not during the hike, so that the body is prepped and ready.
Search for Groups in Your Area that Organize Hikes
Going in a hike that is organized by local organizations is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with people that think alike, and the planned hikes often have additional opportunities.
A Beginner’s Guide to Buying the Best Hiking Boots
Still on the topic of hiking, we are now going to review some of the best hiking boots that you can find on the market today. Having a handy pair of hiking boots is important if you would like to get the most out of the hiking expedition. Below is a list of the best hiking boots:
Merrell Men’s Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
This is the perfect hiking boot for the summer, being waterproof and light-weight. It features a nylon ventilator mesh along with waterproof DURA leather for flexibility and support and at the same time while your feet breathe. Synthetic leather toe bumpers and heel wraps ensure that your feet are safe from abrasions, blisters, bumps and discomfort.
Merrell Men’s Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
These boots are excellent for both dry and wet conditions, being super breathable and light-weight hiking boots. The only let down is that they provide little protection from pointy rocks and other irritating trail debris like twigs.
Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot
These boots are excellent for hiking in the summer, being highly breathable and constructed using DURA leather and nylon ventilator mesh. The nylon mesh linings and compression molded EVA midsoles ensure that your feet won’t get all sweaty and smelly during the hike.
Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots
These are mid height boots suitable for long-lasting performance during the summer season. They feature a nylon mesh lining and protective rubber toe bumpers that minimize abrasion and friction while making them more durable.
Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge plus II Hiking Boot
These hiking boots feature an excellent combination of durable and light-weight construction in classic design. They are not suitable for the winter and alpine terrains. They come at an affordable price of about $90, and they are light and easy on the feet.
Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge plus II Hiking Boots
These hiking boots come with great traction ability, making them the most popular rubber formulas. They feature light, thin material that doesn’t offer much ankle stability, but they are for those after light boots. They are waterproof, but the material is too light to be used in the winter. They are perfect for casual hikes.
Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex mid Hiking Boot
These boots feature one of the best lacing systems, have well-padded lining for comfort, and they have a flexible sole as well as intricate mesh and leather pattern in bold colors. They also feature removable EVA foot beds and a flexible full leather exterior. They also have a ‘Braking-Supporting-Flexing-Propelling’ system. This simply means as you walk on the trail, the boot will allow your feet to move through its full natural range of motion. The excellent braking system ensures that you remain steady while hiking uphill or moving down.
Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex mid Hiking Boots
They have solid rubber soles that ensure good traction in mud, sand, and even granite. The Gore-Tex lining is for waterproofing and breathability.
Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot
This is a mid-weight hiking boot that is comfortable and functional, suitable for long distance hiking. It is durable and stable enough to handle the most rugged terrains. The boot has excellent foot support and the innovative sole provides unbeatable traction across a wide range of surfaces. The unique heel design allows hikers to move forward faster. It is even excellent for sprinting through the toughest terrains comfortably and as fast as possible.
Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots
These hiking boots feature a Gore-Tex breathable lining, is waterproof, stable, has ankle support, excellent traction, and durability. It is perfect for winter when worn with a thick wool sock.
Hiking is a hobby for many people, and for the best hiking experience, it is important that people wear the right hiking gear and carry the right accessories. When it comes to hiking boots, the ones reviewed above are some of the best that can be found on the market.