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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Winter Trek Checklist

Winter Hike Precaution

Wear hiking boots! Save yourself. Watch out for frozen ice, if it looks slippery it is slippery, if it's bright and shiny avoid stepping on it. If you're just curious how slippery it is then step on the side and make yourself nervous. Afterwards , take it easy and simply laugh at your childish ways. 

When you find wooden bridges or stairs along your hike, step on the dry part closer to the handrail, never make your way down without holding the sidebar. Wear your gloves at the same time, wooden bridges have rough edges, this simply protects your hands from splinters and gives you a better grip if you slip. 

Don't forget to layer your clothes, don't wear cotton and wear a light down jacket. A scarf is always a must have as it covers and protects your face. Four more essential things I have with me, sunscreen for my beautiful face, lotion to keep bugs away, a sports watch and my sunglasses. A change of clothes will come in handy it's not just for summer hikes; some will have wet socks and smelly armpits too. 

Lastly, something that hikers tend to forget during winter hikes is to hydrate with water and take breaks. Keep yourself hydrated; our body seemed to forget that we need fluids in winter. Give yourself sips of water along the way and a few minutes break to check whether you're in the right path. 

Here's my Winter Trek Checklist:

1. Winter or Hiking Boots. Pair it up with some winter socks or hiking socks
2. Winter Jacket with Fleece
3. Waterproof Pants
4. Heatech/Thermal Top and Bottom
5. Waterproof gloves
6. Bonnet or Ear Muffler
7. Neck Warmer or Scarf
8. Poncho. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains.
9. Lip Balm 
10. Moisturizer (petroleum jelly) and apply Sunblock
11. Snacks (energy bars,cookies)
12. Water 
13.First Aid Kid
14. Whistle 
16. Don't forget your Camera. Place a separate silica gel pack inside your camera bag. 
17.Extra clothing: socks
18.Photocopy of your passport in case emergency and contact numbers. 
19.Inform your guestthouse/hostel that you're climbing a mountain that day.
20. Everything pack inside a zip-lock bag. Place small packs of silica gel inside the bags to absorb moisture.

Your safety is your responsibility

If you're hiking alone it does not mean suicide or dying in the woods. Keep your head on the ground and don't die alone. Some people are just reckless and foolish. Spank yourself; keep your head in the game. Make sure you equip yourself with safety gears, food and everything else that will keep you alive during and after your hike. 

I always make sure I tell someone where I'm going, I get a map from the visitor centre if there's one or I research the trail ahead of time. It's also smart to bring food and beverage. Bring along a first aid kit, you might not use it for yourself but maybe along the way a hiker might need your help. I try to watch out for other hikers, I know the feeling of being alone and helpless, knowing that feeling I always bring along my first aid kit with me. Bring a flashlight and a whistle too; beg for mercy that you will never need to use it during your hike. It's a hiker must-have emergency tool which you can use in case of emergencies like: getting lost, looking for help and finding your way back to civilization. 

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