|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – June 2002
Shortcuts that'll help you keep up with faster hikers.
Do you find yourself falling behind faster-paced hiking partners? Always the last one to the lunch break? Here are a few ways to get ahead, and stay ahead.
- Pack as lightly as possible. Ten extra pounds makes a big difference in your pace, especially on steep uphills.
- Use a water bladder so you can sip as you walk. Keep snacks in your pockets for on-the-go refueling.
- Peel down to high-exertion, wicking layers before you start. You'll prevent overheating and avoid another stop 10 minutes down the trail to shed clothes.
- Keep gloves handy. Often they're the only layer you'll need to add if the wind picks up.
- Even if you're falling behind, move loosely. Breathe deeply. Stride rhythmically and relaxed, exerting as little as possible.
- Find the maximum pace you can maintain, and settle into it. Take short breathers rather than stopping to rest.
- Arrive at the trailhead prepared, your pack packed, boots tied, bottles filled, and gaiters or climbing skins already donned.Reader Rating: -