As I always say here. I am not a survivalist, but I am a mountaineer, a hunter, fishermen and all around backcountry devote!
With that in mind let start by saying, if you want to have any hopes of successfully donning a BOB and heading for the hills, you need to get in
shape, prepare yourself so a hard hike becomes a nice carefree stroll in the woods.
Turns out that right now I am in the unique position of helping you.
You see this last fall I blew my knee out so basically I've spent all of autumn and winter sitting on my butt and it's time for me to get off my
arse and start training.
First and most importantly good hiking shoes. Not everyone likes boots--- I tend to look for lightweight waterproof trail shoes.
now no two people have the same kind of feet so what works for me probably will not work for you. but for the sake of giving you a starting point,
here's what I look for in a shoe design.
I tend to have flatfeet so I always look for a shoe with a heel and arch support. If I wear flat shoes, no heel, my feet hurt at the end of the day
and if I have a heavy pack on, so does my back. so for me, something as simple as having a heel really does make me a happy camper!
One word of advice don't cheap out on footwear.
What to wear
hiking is just like any other aerobic exercise so you should dress for it.
On a cool day like it is here I'll wear sweats pants and sweat shirt. a hat to keep from sun burning my bald spot and because the weather can change
so fast I might have a windbreaker tied around my waist, just in case. If I were heading into deep woods or backcountry you dress for where your
Where to Start Hiking
Right now I'm doing that whole rehab thing so I started by walking around my house flexing my knee building my strength back up.
Rather than drive my daughters the few blocks to school I started walking them. I get exercise, do something useful and slowly extend my range.
Even a small little town like mine has a list of walking trails with how far each one is, start to finish.
Every other day I walk the lakeside trail here. it's listed as .9 miles. No that's not much but remember I have to build myself back up, not do to
much to soon. This being a loop I can stop at one lap of if I'm feeling good go for another.
I plan my hikes for every other day. Same you would strength training. For those of you in big cities you can always join the ranks of mall walkers.
For these short jaunts I do take a small day pack. Carry just a bit more weight each time. that weight can be something like extra water, warm bad
weather clothes, or just stuff it full books, books can be surprisingly heavy.
In my case I'm dealing with the bad knee otherwise I might pickup a pair of ankle weights.
Low mileage trail and easy terrain.
It's gonna take me a while to work up to tackling Grays
So for now I'm happy hitting the back roads around town.
If I were to think like a survivalist this walking to the edge of town would allow me to plan multiple routes if I had to get out fast and since this
is wildfire country that is always something we keep in mind.
BTW I always pack my fishing pole. Ya know an old fisherman like myself is gonna want to have something to do when I get to river, my turnaround
point, and the spot where I take my break before heading out again.
Ready for a real hike
State Parks and National Forests typically have a good variety of trails or unpaved walking paths. It is best to hike with a partner. If you don’t
know anyone who hikes, check with local hiking clubs. Or sometimes campgrounds have naturalist lead hikes; check with your campground host or ranger
to see if group hikes are arranged. Often trails are in remote areas and it is best to have someone along for safety.
Even walking around town I keep my cell phone handy. What with my bad knee I might have to call the old lady in to pick me up.
So look that's it really... Start small, work your way up to longer and longer hikes...Pick places you like to go... It makes it all the easier if
your enjoying yourself while you build your stamina. Might want to carry a walking stick. round these parts we got rattle snakes but the real prob is
all the stray dogs. My wife is generally my hiking buddy so is our girls, it's something the whole family gets into, fresh air sunshine exploring new
You can think of it as prepping for bug out... but no one said you couldn't have a little fun in that prep.