By: Heather Anderson
Summer is in full swing and for me that means a lot of time in the backcountry! Below are five tips for a great season.
- Before you go check the weather and fire forecasts! Especially in the US West, summer is fraught with wildfires. I use NOAA point forecast (click on the map where you're hiking) and I follow InciWeb religiously.
- Layer up for maximum versatility! I love Merino for its superior thermoregulatory properties (plus it's anti-stink after several days of sweat!). The 100% Merino tee by Point6 is perfect. I add an insulating mid-layer and a light rain shell and I'm good to go for almost any conditions.
- Eat and drink plenty while exerting yourself and be sure to replenish salts lost through sweat.
- Leave a change of clothes, some tasty snacks, and plenty of beverages in your car for the long drive home after the trip.
- Once you're home, resist the urge to throw everything in a pile… At least for longer than overnight. Clean and repair (if necessary) your gear promptly. Replenish any used first aid, field repair, or other consumable items so you're ready to hit the trail again without a lot of fuss.
Byline: Heather Anderson is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, three-time Triple Crown thru-hiker, and professional speaker whose mission is to inspire others to “Dream Big, Be Courageous.” She is also the author of two hiking memoirs Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home and Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail. Find her on Instagram @AnishHikes or her website Anishhikes.wordpress.com.