Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chilcotin Holidays

Born To Hike - Hiking on a trail


Reason number two: It’s Simple.

Hiking on a trail is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. That's a big part of its appeal. Without expensive equipment or long-distance travel, hiking delivers a workout that's good for your body-and your mind too.

Hiking lets you unplug from the static of daily life as you explore forests, ramble through hills, and climb to panoramic views. There's no question about it: A day on the trail will energize and inspire you.

As you hike more frequently, you’ll begin to develop additional stamina, skills, and comfort on the trail. But let’s face it, what activity is more fundamentally human than walking upright on two feet?

The beauty of hiking on a trail is that unlike, say, cycling, it's an extension of something we all do naturally and every day. You will improve over time but the initial learning curve is almost non-existent. It’s easy to stick with hiking because the frustration level for beginners is low and you can control the intensity of your workout and find the pace that works for you. At Chilcotin Holidays we tailor our hikes to suit the interests and abilities of all our guests so whether you are a novice or an experienced hiker we have something for you!

A few Pointers for first time hikers

Know Your Limits: If you do some light exercise a few times a week, hiking on a trail won't pose much of a problem. But if you've been sedentary or have knee or back problems, don't push yourself too hard.

So start with short hikes and build your endurance.


Time Your Hike: It's easy to lose track of how long you've been out. Check your watch at the start of the hike and periodically recheck it to know how long you've been out. There are also smartphone apps for hiking. Some maintain a hike log with times, maps, and pace-a great way to stay motivated and track progress. One easy-to-use app is MapMyHIKE.


Keep It Simple: Avoid complex routes with multiple turns and route finding. A basic up-and-back hike will be easier than a loop and will reduce your chances of getting lost. Simply turn around when you've reached your goal.

Settle Into a Rhythm: Start slowly and find a comfortable pace. You may initially experience some shortness of breath until you warm up and your heart rate increases. One rule for a good pace is that you should be able to carry on a conversation without becoming so short of breath that you can't easily talk.


Stay Oriented: Turn around occasionally and familiarize yourself with the area. It's amazing how different a trail can look from the opposite perspective.


Take Breaks: Hiking on a trail is great exercise but it's also about connecting with nature. So don't rush. Breaks let you take in your surroundings and rest.

Don't Get Depleted: Drink before you're thirsty and eat before you're hungry. Sometimes, before you even notice the signs, your body is running low on fuel.

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About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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