Choosing A Gps For Hiking

Choosing A Gps For Hiking
Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities across the globe these days because of the exercise it provides people, the sights and sounds of nature, and the adventure of roaming through the woods. More and more hikers are using GPS systems when they go hiking so they do not get lost in the woods, leaving them stranded for days, without any way of knowing how to get home. Many sporting goods stores are now selling GPS for hiking systems because of the popularity of the hobby and the demand of hikers for these systems.

A hiking GPS, one with a map screen, will be the most beneficial to you on your hike. The map screen will make it easier for you to find out where you are in location to landmarks around you. the map screen will also let you know distances to roadways in and around your location, which can help you find your way out of the woods should you get lost. Make sure the GPS system has 20 megs for mapping so there is enough space on the GPS system without it working slowly or not working at all.

Two other features of the perfect GPS for hiking include waypoints and route capability. Your GPS should have room for at least 500 waypoints and capability for at least 20 routes. Another feature your GPS should have is the capability to use multiple data sources in the event that you want to log onto the internet or send an email from your GPS. Possibly the most important feature of a GPS system is the screen’s readability and its size. If you cannot read the information on the screen, you will have trouble navigating your hike. Your screen should be in black and white, which makes the screen easier to read than color printing when in the sunlight.

Other features for a hiking GPS system include bearing to next waypoint, a 12 channel parallel receiver system, light and easy to carry, waterproof, long life batteries, external amplified antenna and the ability for the GPS to upload topo maps. Of all these features, battery life is vitally important, especially if you will be going on extended hikes and not one that lasts an hour or so. Your battery should last from the minute you walk out of your house to begin the hike to the minute you return home from the hike. This guarantees that the GPS system will continue to work during your entire hike, keeping you up to speed on where you are located and if you are still hiking on the path that you outlined prior to beginning.

Purchasing a weather resistant GPS will ensure that the system will work even if you are hiking in bad weather, such as rain, sleet, or snow. This is especially helpful if you are hiking across ground that has streams or rivers on it and you happen to fall in, with the GPS becoming submerged. You will not have any problems with the GPS getting wet since it is waterproof, which means it will not short circuit.

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Choosing Hiking Boots

Choosing Hiking Boots
If you’re going hiking then there are many considerations to figure into your plan, including food, clothing and a route! One of the most improtant parts of hiking wear is what goes on your feet, as it will be your feet which will be working hardest, to navigate the rugged terrain. If you can’t walk, you can’t hike, so get it right.

Many people think that an ordinary pair of trainers or wellies will do, but they are usually wrong. In the event of unfavourable weather conditions, it’s important that proper hiking footwear is used, to help support and protect your feet properly.

A decent pair of hiking boots can last a long time, so sometimes it is better to spend a bit more on a boot of superior quality, offering better comfort, support and protection. Make sure you get the right size and ensure that the boot will fit with your choice of hiking sock (usually someething thick). Ensure that your toes are protected by the shoe, and walking up and down a ramp might also help you make your selection.

Low cut boots are the most suitable for short, day hikes, and are perfect for use on level ground. Longer hikes are better served by mid cut boots, which are better for inclines and rugged surfaces. They offer more ankle support and are more waterproof. They are available in synthetic or hybrid leather-synthetic blends. They keep out gravel or stones more effectively than shorter boots.

High cut boots are really only for very serious hikers, with additional strength and ankle support designed for use with a heavy backpack on the most troubling of terrain.

One important thing to remember about hiking boots is that if they break they will not work properly. Always carry a spare pair of decent laces on the hiking trail. Round laces tend to be strong than the flat type, and so they tend to last longer and are more reliable. The pressue and support offered by decent laces are essential to a good hiking experience.

The sole is really important; as you need to make sure that it is strong enough for the terrain you plan to walk on. The rockier and harsher the terrain, the more robust the sole should be. Forest or jungle hiking will usually benefit from soft soles while mountaineering requires rigid, thick soles.

If you plan to make a habit of going on hiking trips then it’s well worth investing in a decent pair of hiking boots before you realise exactly why they are so necessary.

John Mce writes on a number of subjects including hiking boots, walking boots and ski wear.