|Fall Hiking Trail|
Fall hiking can bring on additional challenges. For example, shorter days mean less daylight, colder and more unpredictable weather, and the possibility of ice or snow on the trail. It's very important to, as the Leave No Trace guidelines suggest- Plan Ahead and Be Prepared.
Before heading out for a day hike, use this list and check it twice....
|Matt has all his gear in his day pack for a comfy fall hike.|
2. A Day pack - Find a sturdy backpack with a hip belt. I use an old L.L. Bean school pack.
3. A Map - Don't try to save money or get lazy by not getting a map. Trails can be confusing (especially in New England) Don't leave home without one and don't rely on a phone.
4. Water - For an all day hike - at least 2 Liters, for 1-2 hour hike, one Liter should be fine.
5. A First Aid Kit - For a day hike bring sunscreen, band aids, a pocket knife, gauze/pad, tape, and benedryl/ibruprofen, space blanket, pencil, and paper.
6. A Flashlight/Headlamp - These are life savers if you over estimate the hike length and loose daylight.
7. Food - For a full day hike bring a meal + snack. For a couple hours, bring a granola bar, piece of fruit, or trail mix.
8. A Rain Layer - Get a light weight waterproof jacket. I also bring a pair of lightweight rain pants.
|Fall colors in New Hampshire|
10. Warm Hat and Gloves - If you are traveling up in elevation, this can really make your trip a happy one.
* Trekking Poles - protect your knees
* Compass - it's only useful if you know how to use it
* Sunglasses - for the sunny days
* Identification (driver's license) - Just in case...
|Enjoy the fall|
With this list, you'll be able to have a comfortable and safe hike in fall!
I welcome comments and questions below.