A Guide To Hiking For Beginners

Hiking through Girraween National Park is a great way to connect, breathe and clear the mind, while you get your body moving and your blood pumping. However, getting started can seem intimidating, with a host of equipment and factors to take into consideration. 

Fortunately, it is not as complicated as you may think. Anyone can start hiking, and the more you do it, the easier it will become. Here are some helpful tips to aid you in your new journey as a hiker.

The Benefits Of Hiking

Hiking offers a variety of benefits, both physical and mental. Not only does regular hiking help boost your general health and fitness but can greatly improve the quality of your life. These benefits include:

  • Good For The Heart
  • Aids in Weight Loss
  • Eases Stresses 
  • Boosts Mental Well-Being
  • Allows Us To Unplug From Technology

Getting Started

Here are some tips on getting started.

Getting Out the House

The first step is to actually get out of the house! No hiking journey starts sitting on the couch. Hiking is a great way to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to fully engage with nature.

Packing The Right Gear

No beginner hiker needs the best or most expensive gear. However, it is important to know what to pack. 

Wearing clothing designed for being active is best. Long pants, tights and long sleeves are best for protecting you from the surrounding elements. Shoes are also important with good pair of sneakers or boots being your best bet.

Another important piece of gear is your backpack, to hold any food, water and other items you will bring on your walk.

Know What Food To Pack

Whether you’re going on a relatively short hike, or an endurance hike that may take an entire day or more, always pack something to eat along with your drinking water. This should be food that is easy to prepare and will give you energy, such as sandwiches, cereal bars, fruit and nuts.

Start Small

The biggest mistake beginner hikers can make is starting with a trail that is either too long or too difficult. Not only does this put a strain on your body, but can be frustrating and discouraging if your journey is cut short.

Make sure to start small, choose an easy trail that can be handled by almost anyone. You can always work your way up to longer and more difficult trails as you improve. The trails and tracks in Girraween National Park are perfect for hikers of all ages and fitness levels.

Don’t Do It Alone

Experiencing the outdoors by yourself can give you a sense of freedom and adventure that are hard to find elsewhere. However, as a beginner, it is important to start out with a friend or group. Not only does a partner keep you company, but ensures your safety and a helping hand if you need it.

Hiking In Girraween Is For Everyone!

Whether you’re just starting out or have been hiking for years, Girraween National Park is a place where everyone and every skill level can enjoy the great outdoors. The trails and paths in this park offer plenty of opportunities to get out there and walk amongst nature without needing too much preparation or equipment.

Whether for a few hours or a few days, trips to Girraween mean great fun with a hint of thrill and adventure. With Aussie Park Guides your getaway is a breeze. This affordable, and easy to use self-guided audio app takes you through the best sights Girraween National Park has to offer.

Christophe Rude
Christophe Rude
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