Imagine that you are walking on the mountain, and suddenly a terrible storm appears. The temperature drops rapidly, and it starts to rain heavily. Your feet and hands get wet and very, very cold.
Get ready. Your safety is important!
Walking in a warm environment is not the same as walking in a cold or snowy environment. Your comfort, feeling of well-being and even your safety depend on your previous preparation and what you carry in your backpack. Besides, it is not the same if you go on a one-day hike than a multi-day hike.
We hope that this information is useful to you and that you share it with your adventure friends so that they, too, are prepared and enjoy the mountain.
We recommend wearing comfortable pants, made of breathable synthetic material, and adaptable, that is, you can turn them into shorts if the weather gets hot.
If you are going to walk at low temperatures without snow, we recommend wearing fleece or polar pants that will allow you to be warmer than normal hiking pants.
Note: It is not a good idea to walk in jeans. They are not that flexible, and it does not allow your legs to breathe, and if they get wet, they will weigh you more.
For warm weather and regular terrain, these types of shoes are perfect. Another very good option for hot weather, and places that involve constantly crossing rivers. If you are going to hike for hours or even days, we recommend wearing hiking boots. Our recommendation is to always wear waterproof boots for cold climates with water, mud, or snow. We prefer them to be high-cut to avoid ankle sprains, and that water does not enter easily.
Try to wear a protector whenever you are outdoors, even if the day seems cloudy. This is even more important if you are at high altitude. Try using sunscreen with an SPF of 50. If the place where you are going to be is very hot and you will sweat a lot, we recommend that you carry rehydration salts in your backpack to add them to your water bottle when you feel very tired dehydrated. This will help you rebuild and regain your strength in minutes.
Band-Aids / Band-Aid / Moleskin
Ideal for you to carry some band-aids or band aids in your medicine cabinet if you cut yourself while walking. In the case of blisters, if you see that one wants to come out, we recommend using Moleskin to avoid rubbing the shoe with the affected area and thus reduce the probability that the blister will develop.
Ideal to avoid the bite of insects. We recommend using a repellent that has a minimum of 15 DEET to be effective.
Water purifying tablets
When you walk outdoors, your water consumption increases, and you do not always have access to drinking water. We suggest you carry water purifying tablets inside your medicine cabinet to use them in exceptional cases in which you run out of the water, and you have to drink water from a stream or river. Iodine tablets are an option to treat water.
Tent for camping
When choosing a tent, you must consider the climate of the place where you are going to camp, the number of people that will be accommodated in the tent, and its weight. Just as there are tents for summer, there are other very specialized ones for high mountain and winter excursions.
As a general rule, you must consider the estimated minimum temperature in which you will be to choose a sleeping bag that protects and warms you. But in addition to this, there are many more technical details that you should take into account when buying this equipment.
This is an essential item to carry in your backpack, regardless of whether your walk is one or several days. In case the night catches you outside, you must have a flashlight to illuminate your way back home.
Stove and Camping Kit
This is an essential item for cooking when you go hiking. With this, you can prepare for a hot drink at night when it is very cold to a complete menu if you bring some ingredients for cooking or dehydrated camping food.
Keep in mind that weight is a very important variable when hiking or backpacking. As a general rule, you want to minimize the weight of the food you carry and the gas cylinders you will use. So you must plan very well what you are going to eat and cook in the mountains.
USB Battery Charger
Depending on where you are going to walk, you may or may not find an electrical connection to charge your cell phone and the electronic devices you carry. We always recommend charging a power bank or portable battery charger, obviously with a full charge for those moments of the complete absence of power.