Tips for choosing the right footwear
“If you’re hiking in the desert, look for footwear that is lightweight and breathable. For a day hike, you can go with a light trail shoe and for a multi-day hike, you’ll need a more substantial boot to support the weight of your backpack.” —Steven Paul, MEC Footwear Product Manager
Tips to keep you safe
Cell service may be spotty on your hike, so make sure to bring a map or download one you can use offline. Wear long, loose-fitting clothing and a hat, and apply sunscreen.
Carry about four litres of water per day and light snacks; trail mix, nut butters and energy bars. Check ahead of time if permits are needed, and always tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone.
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[This story appears in the October 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]