Congratulations! This is your first step to becoming a HikeAddict. We love hiking, and the whole point of this blog is to share our love and passion for hiking with you. However, actually getting outside and actually doing it can be a bit intimidating. Here’s our “A Beginner’s Guide To Hiking” to help you get outside, connect with nature, and get some exercise in the process.
Where do I go?
I find this a big barrier for some people, where the heck do you start? It doesn’t have to be complicated, but you should have an idea where you’re going. Thank God for MAPS! Oh, and bring a buddy.
Here are some of our favourite beginner hikes in the Ottawa area:
Pine Grove Trail
Pink Lake Trail
Here’s also a list of our favourite hikes in Gatineau Park if you want to be a bit more adventurous: CLICK HERE!
What do I wear and what do I bring?
If you’re just starting out to see if hiking’s your “thing”, you don’t have to invest in $300 boots and merino wool (yet). Test out the trails with clothes you would wear to the gym – with a few extras.
Hiking Beginner Gear:
– Good, sturdy shoes or hiking boots
– Athletic socks
– Gym clothing or whatever you’re comfortable in (I would suggest long pants to help against bug bites/nature critters)
When it comes to clothing be sure to check the weather before you go – a raincoat is something I usually carry!
Small Backpack to Hold The Following:
– Water (at least a litre, drink the whole thing!)
– Snack (nuts are great)
– Hand sanitizer
– Bug spray or a natural repellent
– Sunscreen (apply before you go)
– Bandaids or small first aid kit
– Map (or your GPS on your phone)
Goodluck on your first adventure, and if you need anything don’t hesitate to email us at HikeAddicts@gmail.com!