Hiking the Larapinta Trail

Hiking the Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta trail runs for 223 kilometres from the old telegraph station just outside of Alice Springs through the MacDonnell ranges to Mount Sonder (1380m) Thi walk at first glance appears to be a desert walk and it is not what most people expect as it runs through the Macdonnell ranges which provide for plenty of climbing, and descending through red rock country and dry river beds all providing excellent views.

This trail can be done in about sixteen days or can be broken down into sections ranging from one or two days through to the full 16 days.

The walk is classified as moderate to hard and if doing the whole walk there are sections where two days water supply must be carried. Food drops can be organized to save carrying food for the whole trip.

There is a registration system in place which, although not compulsory, does let the rangers know of your arrival and departure times.

We hiked the Larapinta Trail in June which gave us mostly pleasant days with one day of rain, but nights were cold down to about -5degrees C Although the Larapinta Trail can be walked in either direction we walked from the Mt Sonder end back to the Telegraph Station which is from West to East ending up just outside of Alice Springs.

We had one food drop which meant carrying up to nine days food which meant my pack starting weight was about 27 kilos. However there are now facilities for 3 food drops which makes for a lighter pack. We were dropped at Glen Helen Station and spent a pleasant night there before starting the walk the next day.

The Trail is suitable for all levels of walkers from those that just want to do day trips up to the seriously fit walkers who want to do the whole trail

Hiking the Larapinta Trail Northern Territory is highly recommended.

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Hiking in Dorset

Hiking in Dorset

If you want to increase the adventure quotient of your holidays in Dorset, you can try hiking. Often called a hiker’s paradise, Dorset is home to hundreds of different walks that attract even travellers who have come for their Torquay holidays. If you love climbing hills and also have a penchant for fantastic scenery, you may try the coastal path of Dorset that travels along the entire coastal area and can offer you breathtaking scenic views to enjoy. Some of the seaside towns of Dorset also have paved promenades where you can simply take a stroll in between your hiking activities. No wonder that vacationers planning Torquay holidays or holidays in Dorset make sure to keep some time for hiking in their itinerary. If you too belong to this group, here are some facts about a few hiking destinations in Dorset.

Portland

If you have booked your accommodation close to Portland during your holidays in Dorset, you can enjoy hiking at the place. People enjoying their Torquay holidays can drive to Portland and go up to the Portland Plateau to begin their hiking activities. The scenic view down along Chesil from this position is truly wonderful and worth a trip alone. Vacationers who love hiking rarely miss this area. From the Portland Plateau, you can head towards the two old gunnery emplacements, which date back to the world war, and are situated near the east coast of Portland. From there, simply follow the path around the island’s edge. Try to go a little slower as that would give you the chance to appreciate the surrounding scenery of this place.

Hiking enthusiasts can also travel the path along the island’s steep west side but they need to be careful as it’s usually pretty windy there. This side of the trek is shorter as compared to the other hiking trails of Portland. What’s more, you can also explore the old limestone quarries while returning from here. So, whether you are enjoying holidays in Dorset or have come here on a short break during your Torquay holidays, don’t forget to visit these quarries and enjoy some interesting art works carved on the Cliffside and the old boulders there.

Charmouth and Lyme Regis

The coastal path of Dorset runs directly through Charmouth, which is a village. From there, you can walk towards Lyme Regis in the west or Golden Cap in the east. The path has quite a few places where you can park and begin your hike. If you want to begin your hike early from Charmouth itself, try using the small car park located at the Charmouth Beach. However, this parking place remains choc-a-block during the summer months but allows easy access at other times of the year. During your holidays in Dorset, you can park here and take a short walk along the cliff tops into Lyme Regis. Vacationers who come to Charmouth during their Torquay holidays can also walk towards Burton Bradstock in the east or go as far as the West Bay.

These and some other hiking trails in Dorset are sure to give you an enthralling time.

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Hiking Attractions

Hiking Attractions

In your opinion, which ways can help you experience the vagaries of nature-not merely trotting around on a rural road? For me, the best hike is answer and I had several hikes over different terrain especially when I was a young adult-a moderate trek to the Maracas Waterfall. It is a bit of a workout mixed with ample fun in  a four-hour excursion.

 

It was a cool Sunday morning when our large hiking group gathered at the foot of the Northern Range. The ultimate goal was reaching the waterfall, one of the best on the island of Trinidad. I noticed the effect of the morning dew increased the humidity and dampened the abundant foliage of the Maracas hills.

 

Our trek began at a lively pace; the initially moderate gradient providing much encourage to the less fit hikers in our group. Nature’s wishes ensured that we got out feet wet, after being forced to wade through the thigh-high (but mercifully clear) water of a robust stream. We continued our purposeful strides while listening to the incongruent chirps of birds nestled comfortably in the flora. That the wide trail we traversed was littered with decaying leaves lent comfort to our tiring legs. With the gradually steeper ascent of the hiking trail, our motley group of hikers seemed to get closer to the early morning sunlight that pierced the thick forest cover.

 

To reach our goal, we had to rise and then descend. I almost descended too well, nearly toppling over and taking a fellow trotter with me. Arriving at the waterfall-after close to an hour of hiking uphill-was a reward in itself. My hiking group, so cohesive at the start, arrived at the waterfall in an oddly disparate manner. The waterfall was powerful and was right at the heart of the Northern Range. It was only three “drops” high-perhaps not more than 80 feet high. It certainly seemed more powerful than it was high.

 

The pool of water surrounding the fall was multi-coloured. We soon figured that the different hues reflected various depths; the shallow area was rather transparent while the deep area was opaque and dark green. Fortunately for the many non-swimmers and cowards in the group (me included), there substantial area of shallow water to wade through. I did not dare venture beyond my comfort zone, avoiding the forbidding depths surrounding the plunging water.

 

The more adventurous hikers challenged the power of the water-swimming directly under the drop. Around the fall was deep enough for divers. Indeed, some daring folks executed dives into the deep-although they would have been lucky to qualify for Village Olympics with their efforts.

 

Perhaps the hardest part of the hike to Maracas Waterfall was the uphill movement. It was one of the better hikes I have been to, where you can combine the rigors of a hike with frolicking in the water and a picnic on the smooth slabs of rock. The hike to the waterfall was a mixture of adventure, sightseeing and relaxation. For all of the hikers, it was certainly worth waking up early on a Sunday morning.

 

Hiking Clothes

Hiking Clothes

When you are planning a hiking trip, the last thing you want to think about is clothing. You are out in the middle of the woods reconvening with nature and staying fit, who cares what you are wearing. The answer… you. Don’t worry, you don’t need to look fashionable when you are out on the trail, but you do need to wear the proper clothing to make sure experience is a good one.

As with any other aspect of a trip, planning ahead is the most important. Where you are going and during what time of year is the most important information that you can bring when you decide on what to wear. For example, your clothing is going to differ significantly if you are hiking in the desert during the summer than if you are hiking in the woods during winter months. The first thing you should find out; what is the temperature going to be. The next thing; is there a chance of precipitation. No matter what weather you will be in, you are going to sweat. Hiking is challenging physical activity and no matter your physical level, you are going to be exerting yourself. You should avoid cotton directly up against your skin. Cotton will absorb your sweat, keeping it close to your skin and keeping you very uncomfortable (and possibly chafing). Companies, such as Underarmor make clothing special for sports which wick sweat away from your body, keeping you dry and happy. This is usually made out of lycra and is a much better option for your hiking trip. If you are hiking in cold weather, you should layer your clothing so that you can take a layer or two off as you get hot. A hat and gloves may be necessary depending on just how cold the weather will get. If you expect to experience rain while out on the trail, they make rain gear that folds up into a tiny little pouch that you can keep with you just in case. This will keep your clothing drier and you more comfortable.

Depending on where you are hiking, if there is a high threat of ticks or other dangerous insects, you may want to stick with long pants to protect your legs from bites. If you are out in the desert during the summer, long pants may not be feasible or necessary. Use your judgment and find out what you will be encountering before you ever head out on the trail.

Hiking boots are the most important part of your ensemble. Proper boots should fit snugly around your ankle however should be a size larger than your normal shoes. As you hike, your feet will swell, you need extra room to accommodate them. You should also be wearing a thick pair of hiking socks to protect your feet. An extra pair thrown in your pack is a great idea for longer hikes.

Lastly, if you wear nothing else (though I don’t suggest it) make sure to use your sunscreen. Looking like a lobster when you return home from your hiking trip may not be the best way to remember your excursion.

Sydney Garrison is an avid cyclist and sports enthusiast. She is also a partner in an online bike rack store.

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Hiking First Aid

Hiking First Aid

Some understanding of first aid is essential when you are camping or hiking. A good first aid kit is a must and some knowledge on what you might encounter out there can be very helpful.

Below is some useful information on a couple creatures you may come across whilst out camping or hiking through the bush.

TICKS
Ticks are often found in bushland and rain forest and rain forest areas often frequented by campers and hikers and they can lodge onto your body as you traipse through these areas. Although rare, they can cause paralysis and sometimes death.

Paralysis is caused by neurotoxins in the saliva of the adult female tick and early symptoms, including limb weakness, unsteady gait and lethargy, can start several days after attachment. it is often a good idea to do a quick check of your head and body after you have been into the scrub.

To remove a tick you can kill it first with kerosene or insect repellent containing pyrethrins. Then use fine pointed tweezers to grasp the tick by the head as close to the skin as possible and gently pull the tick out. Avoid squeezing the body of the tick and it is very important not to just knock the body off but to get the head out as well.

LEECHES
The leech is another parasite found in damp and wet areas where hikers and campers may find themselves. The leech feeds on blood and attaches itself to the body by a suction action. The best way to remove a leech is with your fingernail to release the sucker seal.

I always used salt or a flame to remove them but apparently these can cause the leech to regurgitate its stomach content, which may cause disease. The leech will fall off itself after it has sucked enough blood to satisfy itself ( about 20 minutes).

After removal, the area should be cleaned and bandaged as bleeding may continue for some time due to the anticoagulant effect of the leeches secretions.

Hiking Clubs

Hiking Clubs

It can be difficult to make friends when you are new to an area or work out of the house. A great way to make friends is to get involved in group activities. This could be volunteering, taking community classes, or joining a sports team or club. My personal favorite is the hiking club. For those individuals who love the outdoors and being physically fit, hiking is the perfect way to go.

There are many hiking clubs available throughout the United States. There are a few important things to find out before you join a club though. The most important information you should be armed with is your skill level. Now is the time to take an honest inventory of the time that you can devote to hiking and most importantly, the physical level that you are at. One of the best ways to ensure that your hiking experience will be awful is to lie to yourself about your fitness level and how much physical stress your body can take in a few hours. Hikes range from Easy to Intermediate to Difficult depending on the length of the hike and strenuousness of the terrain. Some trails are fairly flat, while others take you up steep gradations and can even include some rock scrambling and climbing. You don’t want to end up on a trail you can’t handle, so be honest with yourself before you begin.

There are a few ways to find a hiking club near you. The best way, is probably to search the internet. You can locate a club, and generally contact other members to get a feel for the energy in the group. They can tell you ahead of time what to expect on the trail and what you need to be prepared for. This is especially important when you are used to hiking in one type of environment and switch to another, for example mountainous regions to desert regions. You can also stop by your local sporting goods store and ask them what local clubs are available to you.

Hiking clubs are a great way to forge strong friendships with people who have common interests. Since hiking appeals to people of all ages, you never know who you will meet. They can help you improve your techniques and become more familiar with the beauty that surrounds your home. All of this while staying in shape and reconnecting with nature!

Hiking Backpacks

Hiking Backpacks
One of the most important things you can get when preparing for a hike is a good hiking backpack. It is obvious that you cannot just carry all the supplies youll need along with you in your hands so a hiking backpack is absolutely necessary. A great hiking backpack is a must for any hiker whether they are a beginner or a professional. A great backpack should be lightweight, sturdy, and be able to hold everything you need for your trip.


1. Why do you need a backpack?


As was hinted at above, the main reason for having a hiking backpack is to hold items – namely, the essential supplies you will need. At the very least you should bring along with you the following items –


– water bottle

– first aid kit

– camera

– cellular phone

– change of clothes

– tent

– blanket


2. What kind of backpack should you get?


There are many different types of hiking backpacks to decide on. You should choose one that will nicely fit all of your goods and be comfortable on your back. Remember you have to carry this backpack with you for the duration of your hike, so you want to purchase one that is comfortable and one that is not too heavy for you.


3. Where to purchase your hiking backpack


There are lots of stores that house backpacks. You can look into any one of your local department stores or you can go one step further and look at the local sporting goods stores in your area. There are also stores that are not in your area that offer catalogs for you to purchase hiking accessories.


4. Shapes and sizes of hiking backpacks


There are all sorts of different sizes and shapes of hiking backpacks. There are even many different colors to look at. It all depends on the backpack that you want and the one that will fit all the items that you want to bring along with you on your hike.


5. Important information on your backpack


When you buy your new hiking backpack, the first thing that you want to do is print your name and address on the backpack. This is important in case you ever lose your backpack or if you ever become lost while hiking. This will make it easier to identify your backpack if lost.


6. Pack before your trip


Planning your hike well will determine the overall enjoyment you will have on your trip. When you are packing your backpack for your hike, make a list of the items that you want to bring with you. Check the items off as you pack them. This will help to ensure that you do not forget any of the items that you want to take with you. For backpack enthusiasts, look into getting an ultralight backpack – this kind of backpack is extremely light yet very strong – perfect for hiking.

Grand Canyon Hiking

Grand Canyon Hiking
To truly experience the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, hiking from the rim to the river can be a rewarding and life-changing adventure.


The hike from the canyon rim to the floor of the valley and back up again can be tackled by most relatively fit people – even the novice hiker. Make no mistake, it is a tough hike but you don’t need to be an athlete to complete it successfully.


It is possible for an experienced hiker to trek to the bottom and back up the other side in one day, however, if you have the time available try to plan your hike over three or more days to make the most of this experience.


During the planning process for your trek you might want to read some of the many books available on Grand Canyon hiking. There are also videos/DVDs available and any of these resources will start to give you an idea of the trail you might prefer to take from the rim to the canyon floor and back up again.


It is a popular idea with hikers to begin their descent from one rim, hike to the floor of the canyon and then hike out on the opposite side.


This particular hike poses the problem of where to leave your car; or more importantly, how to get back to your car it you exit the canyon on, say, the south rim, and your car is parked on the north rim. The distance from the south rim to the north rim is only about ten miles as the crow flies but it is a 220 mile car trip! Some hikers arrange to swap car keys with a group hiking in the opposite direction. If this option isn’t available to you, there is a shuttle that runs between the two rims.


You can choose a guided Grand Canyon hike or a self-guided hike. If you choose a self-guided hike you must start out with a good map. There are many different maps available and you’ll want to ensure that your map covers the trails you wish to hike plus the campgrounds.


When To Hike


Let’s start with when not to go Grand Canyon hiking! June, July and August are scorchingly hot and should be avoided. The north rim and all its facilities are closed from mid November to mid May. The most pleasant time of year to attempt a Grand Canyon hike is mid May to early June and late September to mid November. An advantage of trekking in the spring is the presence of many beautiful wildflowers on the canyon floor.


Which Track?


From the north rim the only track to the canyon floor is the North Kaibab Trail. It is approximately 13 miles from the north rim to Bright Angel Campground and the trail descends 5400 feet. There is reliable water available. From the south rim there is a choice of the South Kaibab Trail which is 5.6 miles and descends 4500 feet, or Bright Angel Trail which is 9.7 miles in length and descends 4260 feet. There is reliable water on Bright Angel Trail but there is no water available on South Kaibab.


Because of the lack of water and the steepness of the gradient, South Kaibab is recommended as a descent track rather than a climbing track.


For hikers who choose to hike from the south rim to the canyon floor before returning to the south rim, descending via the South Kaibab Trail and climbing out via the Bright Angel Trail is a good option.


Serious backpackers who are prepared to carry a tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and food along with their drinking water, extra clothing and toiletries can stay in any of the campsites. For those hikers who’d like a little more comfort at the end of the day, Phantom Ranch, a historic National Park lodge built in the 1920s stands alongside Bright Angel Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. They serve simple but hearty meals and this is a great place to relax before the climb back to the rim and the conclusion of your Grand Canyon hike.

Alison Stevens is an online author and maintains The Hiking And Camping Website to assist hikers, campers and backpackers to choose the right equipment.