“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but foot prints, kill nothing but time.” This is one of the most common creed that I hear from mountaineers. I went to school at a university at the bottom of a mountain. I got curious with the Forestry course but I did not take it. Instead, I hanged out with Forestry majors and asked what it’s like to be one. Immediately, I got an invite for a hike the next day. They said it’s for me to fully understand what I need to know.
As a college kid, I did know much on how to keep my body fit for such a feat. My buddies noticed that when we were eating the night before. As a beginner, I needed a crash course. They said it should take time but it’s worth it.
First thing they thought me is nutrition. Like any other athletic sport, hiking requires a great deal of energy. Mostly exerted for hours to a series of days depending on the trail or mountain that you will climb so carbohydrates is a key ingredient. Any good balanced diet, though, is enough for you be in weeks before the hike but you will need to be prepared since when you’re out there, you won’t have the luxury of being in one.
During a hike, one of the most important necessity to bring is water, which needs no explanation. Unless you are hiking a trail that is known to have natural potable water reservoirs, there is no excuse in not bringing at least enough for an overnight hike.
A good preparation meal also requires ample amount of protein. Without it, you will have no backup when your carbs run out. Plus, your muscles will need protein even in regular daily routine.
Vitamins and minerals are also necessities for a long term protection against diseases and infections that is quite abundant in the natural outdoors.
There is no one way to do if you want to go on hiking or pursue an outdoor hobby. If there is, it should have been thought in schools as an exact science. But one things for sure, those four above will always appear in all of them.