Seven Big Hiking Mistakes To Avoid

Get a precise route forecast to be prepared. Remember that backcountry and high elevation predictions rarely apply to frontcountry places with road access.

Not Checking The Forecast

Most hiking injuries include leg sprains, strains, abrasions, and lacerations, so watch your stride. Use poles and thick boots to avoid injuries.

Stepping Recklessly

Warm your sleeping bag to avoid freezing at night. Purchase an insulated mat to sleep on.

Warm Sleeping Bag

Failures due to fatigue, darkness, and insufficient equipment cause many rescue calls. Be realistic about your hiking speed and set reasonable targets.


You don't want to hike at night when exhausted. Return even if you don't reach the target by the turnaround time.

Unset turnaround Time

Get the right gear checklist for any winter, desert, or swamp hike. One key tip: don't bury accessible items.

Poor Packaging

You want comfortable boots, so don't get them too small. Choose footwear accordingly because feet swell half a size by afternoon.

Buying Tiny Boots

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