Required Desert Hiking Gear
When one is traveling, or off on some great adventure, your gear can not only bring about convenience, but it can also mean life or death.
When we started hiking the mountainous back country of the Sonoran desert, we very quickly learned that this is not anything like hiking in Michigan. In fact, during the hot summer months, we often hear of some unsuspecting tourist meeting their death while hiking in our arid deserts.
Here are a few of the important items to consider if you plan to hike our desert mountains:
- Water – In this pack I have 6 liters of water. This is overkill, but I like to have extra in case I encounter someone who is without water. You will never find me on the desert trails without at least 2 liters of water in my pack.
- Sun Protection – the sun is very unforgiving in the desert. You must have a strong sun block as well as a hat upon your head, and preferably a hat with vents that can breath.
- Food – at least have a protein bar with you. If you become stranded for some reason, you will be happy to have it.
- Notification – never, ever, ever hike our desert mountains without telling someone where you are going, and when you plan to return. This way, if something should happen to you, they will at least know where to look.
- For those who plan to become hiking enthusiasts, here are a few more considerations:
- First-Aid kit
- Whistle – three bursts on a whistle means you need help.
- Compass/Maps/GPS – in some areas, it is easy to get turned around. Know where you are going.
- Hiking Poles – it is amazing what a good set of hiking poles can do for the hiker. They provide you an extra set of legs for balance, they reduce a little stress from your joints with each and every step, and when dealing with inclines/declines, they provide a wonderful assistance. I won’t hike without my poles.
- Boots – a good-fitting pair of hiking boots, with a wicking pair of socks underneath will solve you a lot of problems with blisters, and sore feet. They will also provide much needed traction in slippery areas.
I could go on with more, but I think this will provide the basic tools for the serious beginner.
In future posts we will get far more specific regarding various tools, gizmos, doodads, products, and gear.