About to embark on a big trek, either locally or abroad? If so, there are several things you need to remember before setting off...
Going hiking for one or more days requires good training based on the route you intend to take. So study your path weli, and never tackle treks that are too demanding for your level of training.
It's essential to carefully monitor weather forecasts as well. For instance, in the mountains, the climate can change suddenly, and the last thing anyone wants is to be caught in a bad storm. Remember too, if you are going to hit the wilderness, ideally don't go it alone.
Most importantly, don't forget the basic equipment you'll need for your journey.
To help you with your inventory, Seattle-based climbing and outdoor organization The Mountaineers has put together this neat infographic of the items every serious hiker should carry with them.