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Jun 042016
 

Let’s continue our discussion of precautions for the Pacific Coast Trail. While you are on the hike is important to keep an eye on the weather and also on the time of day to make sure you have enough time to get back to the start of the hike before it gets dark. If it does get dark then that’s why you brought your flashlight, but it is always better to hike in broad daylight because there’s less of a chance of you getting lost and less possibility of hurting yourself. Also important to try and not disturb any wildlife while you are on the hike. Try to stick to trails that have already been established that you don’t crush and hurt any wildlife including plants.

While you were on the hike is important to watch out for dangers as well such as poisonous snakes as well as brakes in the path where you could trip and fall. In the event that you do get bit by a snake which are very common in California then it is important that you not trying to suck it out yourself but call for help immediately. When you’re back from the hike is important to check for ticks that may have brushed off onto your clothing while you on the hike. Ticks carry Lyme disease and suck blood and can be very harmful to your health if they are not found. If you do have a tick it is best to try and pick it out but if it is very deep inside your skin then the best way to get rid of it is to hold a capful of rubbing alcohol over it. That will cause it to open its legs and then you can move it. If you have a dog on your hike is very important to check the dog for ticks, but they often brush past even more vegetation than you would.

California is a beautiful state with very serene and beautiful trails all over. Whether you are in Joshua Tree or Big Sur, the Park Service maintains many different trails and parks for you to get outside and explore. If you’re in California or planning the hike be sure that you follow the guidelines to make sure that you have a beautiful time and are free of danger. Hiking is one of the best forms of exercise and is one of the most low-impact high-reward low-risk high-reward activities that you can do. When you are hiking is important to consider many different factors before you go to make sure that you have a good time and a safe time and that you do not get in over your head and enjoy everything that nature has to offer you can read more here www.wholehousefanman.com. Thinking is not only a great form of exercise but a great way to see nature and the world around you. If you have a keen eyes and you can see many different kinds of flora and fauna throughout the California area and experience the riches that California has to offer. In these blog post I hope to give you insights and help into all kinds of hikes as well as tips and tricks in order to wring the most out of the experience it.

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Mar 312016
 

This will wrap up our discussion of equipment for the Pacific Coast Trail. You have to consider whether or not to wear sunscreen. This actually isn’t really a consideration you should always wear sunscreen because you should protect your face. I don’t recommend using poles as they are for pansies. But if you do need poles for some reason such as an injury that I’d recommend a stiff carbon fiber pole because they are not inclined to break. Some people just like using natural sticks and branches of trees and this can be very nice as well but are not as reliable. I don’t like poles because I feel that they get in the way and the benefit is minimal. However if you’re going for extremely long hike white Kilimanjaro or if you are a little bit older and slightly and firm and need a little bit of extra help to get up the mountain then it is a necessary evil.

Just make sure that there’s nothing encumbering your hands in case you fall so that if you do go down then you can catch yourself without the poles getting in the way. Hiking is one of the best forms of exercise that also gets you out of nature with a low degree of difficulty. California has some of the best hiking year round of anywhere in the country. Whether you’re in the North hiking through the woods or in the south hiking on mesas overlooking the Pacific Ocean hiking can be both a beautiful natural experience and a great form of exercise. When you are hiking there are a few things that you want to check off your list before during and after. When you are preparing for your California hike it is important to go online and check to see if there any restrictions or instructions and guidelines for the trail that you want to go to. Or if you’re looking for a trail there are many message boards as well as the National Park Service that can point you in the right direction and help you find the right one for your desired length and skill level. Once you check to make sure that there are no restrictions or will that you need to be aware of and to make sure that the trails open.

Then you must check the weather to be sure that the conditions will be good for hiking. In the north it is ok for there to be some rain at this is very common in the temperate rainforest of Northern California. But if you are in Southern California it is important to make sure that there are no rains as this can cause dangerous mudslides and conditions that can cause you to get in trouble. It is important to make sure that you have the appropriate equipment and gear for your hike. It isn’t necessary but a hiking boot with a rigid ankle can be very helpful for preventing turned ankles and sprained ankle injuries. It is also very important to bring a flashlight just in case it gets dark,  as well as plenty of water to make sure that you are hydrated the whole time. Once you have everything that you need and hopefully a buddy or a dog then it’s time to go after your trail. California has some of the most beautiful trails in the world. Most often they will end with a beautiful view either of the ocean or a valley or anything you can see from a high elevation. When you on the hike is important to respect the boundaries of the trail and also your own skill level. If you are not familiar with the terrain or the area then you should stick to the trail and not deviate from it. The worst thing that can happen would be for you to get lost or hurt yourself.

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Protect Your Feet

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Mar 222016
 

Let’s continue our discussion about gear for the Pacific Coast Trail. Unlike other shoes that you can just take off if they’re hurting you if your hiking shoes do not fit you correctly then you will be very out of luck out in the wilderness. Because you cannot just take off your shoes and walk barefoot through the wilderness. Most important is the fit make sure that you walk around a lot if there are any points of pain then you have to choose a different kind of shoe. Because those little points of pain walking around the shoe once you put down ten thousand or a hundred thousand steps will make serious blisters that will cause a lot of pain and problems in the next blog post we will discuss further equipment and get into more details for your hiking adventure. Now that you have chosen a quality pair of shoes that you feel comfortable in, now let’s think about the other pieces of equipment that you may need for your hike. Socks are also extremely important to consider when doing a hike. You almost never want to go without socks for a hike if you are wearing shoes.

This is because the socks will protect your feet from getting blisters and also provide more cushioning so that they become less sore. There are exceptions. There is a growing movement of barefoot hiking and barefoot movement. There are also shoes that look like gloves and go over the feet to protect them from abrasion but don’t provide any sort of questioning or support. Some people prefer this because they feel that it gives their feet a more natural grass of the ground below them and give them a better sense of the train. This could be true but I would advise against it if you are a first-time how to her as this can leave you vulnerable to twisting your ankle and also to getting very sore feet if you’re putting down a lot of miles. Those who do barefoot-style I can have years of training doing it and know how to plant their feet in a way that will keep them from hurting themselves. Otherwise you are going to have to choose a thick pair of socks that is going to protect your feet and allow you to go for miles and miles. I would recommend a wool-blend if it is cold and a lighter blend if it is warm.

If you are planning on hiking with amphibious shoes then perhaps you will not need socks if you’re planning on getting their feet very wet for instance if you’re in Hawaii or a situation like that. Now you have to consider what you were going to wear. It is very important to have the right clothing on depending on what sort of climate and terrain you were going to the end. If you are in a relatively warm client that is important to wear clothes that will wick away the sweat from your body and allow it to evaporate into the atmosphere in order to keep you cool and keep your skin dry. I would recommend Nike tops as they are not terribly expensive and will wick away moisture. When it comes to the bottom then it is really up to you. The only thing that I would recommend is to make sure that whatever you are wearing does not rub against you especially in the underwear department. If you have underwear that is chasing the insides of your legs when you walk and you’re not going to have a very good time. Make sure that your underwear is stretchy and usually not cotton as this will absorb water and also does not work very well. I’d recommend a stretchy synthetic fabric in the cut of a boxer briefs for maximum comfort and movement. Then you want to consider if you want to wear a hat if it is very sunny outside you were going to want to protect your face and your head from the sun. While this may seem like it will keep you hot the hat actually serve to keep you cool and protect your face from the damaging rays of the Sun.

Come Prepared

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Mar 202016
 

We’re going to have fun talking about the Pacific Coast Trail. But before we get into a consideration of the terrain and the specifics that I want to recommend, it is important to consider your gear and what you will need for the hike. Every year hundreds of hikers are rescued from trails where something bad happens and they find themselves unable to get out. Sometimes this is for a good reason such as a broken bone where they can I put weight on it or because there’s been some sort of catastrophic whether or there has been a catastrophic sickness. But oftentimes the rescues are avoidable. A rescue can run anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars if you have to hire a helicopter and requires a lot of manpower. That is a lot of money! You want to avoid this if you can not only for your own safety but also for the safety of your wallet. So let us discuss what it requires to go hiking. Of course the most important part of your hiking gear is the shoes. A good pair of shoes when hiking can make or break your experience.

A bad pair of shoes or a pair of shoes that rubs you the wrong way will not only be uncomfortable and painful but could also be very dangerous if the shoes cause blisters and those blisters blow up or become acted. when you are choosing a pair of shoes of course you want to decide if you think they look good but most importantly you need to consider two things the fit to your foot and also the structure of the shoe. There are different kinds of hiking shoes for different kinds of terrain. There are amphibious hiking shoes which are not waterproof that allow water in. These are ideal if you think that you were going to be tramping through streams or walking through a wet areas where are you want your foot to be able to breathe. On the other side of the spectrum or shoes that are coated in GorTex and are waterproof. These are good because they protect your feet from witness but if you are feet sweat then they can become damp and the skin can become swollen and dead and it’s something that you want to avoid. Ultimately the health of your feet is the paramount concern when choosing a shoe.

My advice is that you buy a shoe with a very structured ankle like a boot. The extra support on your ankle will ensure that you do not turn your ankle but will also take pressure and work out of your feet and legs and cause you to be able to fatigue less quickly and to go more miles. It big structure boot that is waterproof and will also protect your ankles is the best bet. When she using it is very important to make sure that you walk around the store a lot to see if there any points of pain. Whenever you are going out into nature away from your own surroundings which are relatively predictable you always need to make sure that you prepare yourself for what could happen out in nature. Often times I will see people hiking in flip-flops and tank tops with no sunscreen and a water bottle and I wonder how long it will take before they have a rough experience and learn the error of their ways. It is important when going out into nature not just to consider what I think will happen but also what could happen. And being outside leaves you vulnerable to many different things that you need to prepare for ahead of time so that when they do occur you are not left in a dangerous situation.

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Mar 172016
 

Hiking The Pacific Coast Trail —

Hiking is one of the best forms of exercise and also a fantastic way to see nature and get outside. Hiking in California is particularly beautiful and offers many different sorts of trails and options for anyone from the seasoned professional hiker to the novice. The Pacific Coast Trail is famous as one of the most challenging but also one of the most beautiful of all the trails in the country. The Pacific Coast Trail runs all the way from Mexico to Canada and passes through three states. The trail is very beautiful and a great way to see all of the different landscapes and topographies of California. From the desert climates all the way to the forested mountains with redwood trees, the Pacific Coast Trail covers all of the different zones and topographical areas of California. The Pacific Coast Trail is a connection of a bunch of little trails that all join together to create one long path.

The Pacific Coast Trail has been made famous by a Reese Witherspoon movie called Wild where she attempts to traverse the entire Pacific Coast Trail in order to find some spiritual healing for some trauma that she had experienced. In the film she attempts this as a novice without any experience and makes it through okay, but because of this film many novices have tried to hike the trail and have ended up needing rescue and come very close to serious danger. The Pacific Coast Trail is a extremely challenging and diverse and very difficult trail to follow. It is not recommended that you attempt to hike the whole thing on your own. To start out with instead it is recommended that you try certain sections of it at a time to get a feel for a skill level and also your athleticism. However if you do find that you are able to hike the trail you will be rewarded by some of the most transcendent natural beautiful experiences in California and coming face-to-face with some of the most beautiful landscape trees and creatures.

The Pacific Coast Trail is often designated as protected refuge and wildlife space and connects many of the national parks of the State of California. In this blog post will be dissecting the various parts of the Pacific Coast Trail as well as give tips for equipment and strategy for any hikers attempting to do the Pacific Coast Trail . It is important when attempting any sort of hike to be honest and direct with yourself about your athleticism and physical ability. Hiking is an extremely rewarding and challenging form of exercise however it should not be attempted lightly.

It is very important to remember that you’re putting yourself in Mother Nature and this is a place where oftentimes conditions can switch without warning and without shelter you can be at risk and in danger of exposure to the elements as well as a injury. However if you are up to the challenge and hiking the Pacific Coast Trail is one of the most rewarding and beautiful experiences that you could possibly have. There are many rest stops and areas on the way where you can stop and reprovision and rest in between sections of the hike. There are also many blogs and websites of people who have attempted it and made the trek themselves and these are very good resources to research before making any attempt to the trailer itself. If you do have any questions about the trail itself or preparing for it please reach out via email. Otherwise stay tuned to this blog for tips and updates and more information about the Pacific Coast Trail and hopefully this will inspire you to attempt it yourself.