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Backpacker Magazine – January 2013

Limit Pusher Skills

Always looking for a way to go farther and faster? Get ready with these tips to take your hiking to the next level.

by: Rachel Walker

Push your limits to reach the top. (by Erik Unger)
Photo by Push your limits to reach the top. (by Erik Unger)
Push your limits to reach the top. (by Erik Unger)

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Stay Fueled
Avoid bonking by consuming enough of the right foods on big days.

>> Calculate calories
Multiply your body weight by 21 and 25 (for moderate days), and 25 and 30 (for hard days) to estimate energy needs. For example, a 150-pound hiker will need between 3,750 (150 x 25) and 4,500 (150 x 30) calories on a hard day.
>> Consume strategically
Keep your mood and blood sugar steady by snacking (80 to 120 calories at a time) throughout the day. Munch within your first 90 minutes of hiking, and eat hourly. Store food in easy-access pockets, so you don’t have to stop.
>> Hydrate
Sip every 15 minutes (your body absorbs small amounts of liquid best). Add electrolyte mixes or take salt pills if you’re sweating excessively or develop cramps.



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Jan 19, 2013

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Jan 19, 2013

Fatigue and altitude can impair your judgment and zap your energy especially on a day-hike. Day-hikes can be the most dangerous because hikers usually carry minimal supplies never expecting to spend the night outdoors. Would you know how to get rescued if the unexpected happened on the trail? Could you find your way if you didn't know the trail? The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking. Learn to stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. A compass doesn't need a signal or batteries and works in all types of weather but you need to know how to use it and "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart" (Amazon) makes learning how to use a compass easy. Felix! explains how to orient yourself using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. Anyone wanting to feel more confident about orienting ourselves outdoors will enjoy learning from this book. To refresh our skills, we read thru this book with our kids before every hike - it's only about 34 pages and illustrated. Felix! teaches the reader how to know where you are, what to pack for a day-hike, how and when to take breaks, trail ethics, what to do if you get lost or scared, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail). Look for it on Amazon, "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart."

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AZ Hiker
Jan 19, 2013

Fatigue and altitude can impair your judgment and zap your energy especially on a day-hike. Day-hikes can be the most dangerous because hikers usually carry minimal supplies never expecting to spend the night outdoors. Would you know how to get rescued if the unexpected happened on the trail? Could you find your way if you didn't know the trail? The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking. Learn to stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. A compass doesn't need a signal or batteries and works in all types of weather but you need to know how to use it and "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart" (Amazon) makes learning how to use a compass easy. Felix! explains how to orient yourself using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. Anyone wanting to feel more confident about orienting ourselves outdoors will enjoy learning from this book. To refresh our skills, we read thru this book with our kids before every hike - it's only about 34 pages and illustrated. Felix! teaches the reader how to know where you are, what to pack for a day-hike, how and when to take breaks, trail ethics, what to do if you get lost or scared, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail). Look for it on Amazon, "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart."

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