Joining the world of hiking is easier than you think. This outdoor activity is open to everyone!
Here’s a beginner’s guide to hiking :)
Motivation is one of the biggest influences in anybody’s life. To begin hiking, you will need to find the motivation to do so. It’s not easy deciding to go outdoors for a few hours isn’t it?
Prepare yourself well by planning, for example, which trail you would like to go to, preparing your hiking essentials and most importantly, your motivation! :)
#2: Planned Hiking Trail
If you’re new to the world of hiking and seeking to embark on your first hike, it’s a good idea to consider your needs and fitness level.
Are you willing to hike for more than a couple of hours? How far are you willing to hike? How fit are you?
Several questions have to be answered before you choose a trail! You can either start small by heading to your local parks or search for hiking trails near you.
In Singapore, the greatest tool that we can make use of is our park connectors! Our well planned neighbourhoods connect us to nature parks, such as Punggol Park, East Coast Park and Coney Island! Take a look at local infrastructure and make them a part of your plan.
Also, did you know that we now have an island route spanning coast to coast! Starting in Jurong, and bringing you to Coney Island, this trail has recently been opened to the public, and it's a great way to start hiking.
Another way to pick one is to either ask hikers who are experienced and have been to the trails you’re looking at. Alternatively, you can head to the Decathlon Hiking Club (Singapore) Facebook group to seek suggestions from hiking enthusiasts! :)
Always remember to pay attention your capabilities; you don’t want to push yourself to trails that are difficult which can put you in jeopardy, always stay safe!
#3: Grab Your Essentials
Preparing for a hike can be fairly easy but sometime essentials can be overlooked! Even if it’s a simple day hike lasting a few hours, you should always be well-equipped.
You might end up on a longer hike as you go on, sometimes just to catch a glimpse of the sunset or lush greenery!
What’s better than hiking alone? Hiking with a partner!
It will be great if you could find a hiking partner with experience to share their advice or introduce you to trails. Experiencing the panoramic view of Singapore from the Southern Ridges or enjoy nature at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is always better with someone enjoying the hike with you.
However, there’s nothing wrong with hiking alone! Experiencing the outdoors allows you to interact with yourself and it gives you a sense of freedom, but it can be intimidating at times.
If you’re going to be hiking alone, remember to pick trails which are accessible, short and remember to put your safety first at all times! :)
Staying safe should be a priority always and it’s always a good idea to inform someone where you will be hiking, especially if you’re alone.
Being in the outdoors can be a new adventure for some, but we have to always remember the principles of Leave No Trace.
Respecting the environment and leaving nature as it is should be of highest priority for every hiker. Check out our article on minimal impact strategies to understand the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace better! :)
To prepare for your hike, you can check out our Top 10 Hiking Essentials. Gear up well for your first hike! :)
Designed for Looking for backpack for 2-hr adventures in the great outdoors? Our comfortable NH100 model with accessories is great for outings on relatively flat terrain and without cramping your style!
Designed for trekkers who expressed specific travel needs, of which safety is one. It has a wide lockable zip that sits flush against the back to prevent the risk of pickpocketing, and the hood can be transformed into a detachable sling bag so you can take your most valuable items with you even if you leave the main bag at camp or base.
Designed for carrying the items you need for a one-day tripAn ultra-compact and ultra-lightweight extra backpack for short hikes, which folds up into a small ball and can be stored in a backpack pocket.
Designed for Hiking and nature sports (hunting, fishing) for the bivouac or for lighting up your wayThe ONight 50 headlamp is very easy to use. Its soft case gives easy access to batteries and protects it from shocks and water. A must-have headlamp you can take anywhere!
Designed for half-day lowland hiking, in dry weather along easy trails. For occasional use.These walking shoes will see you through trails to the forest, country and coast in dry weather, thanks to its Cross Contact sole, EVA cushioning and protective guard.
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Designed for adult or child (aged from about 10 upwards) hikers for tours lasting a few hours on fairly flat ground10L: Ideal capacity to go hiking for a few hours and bring the essentials with you: a picnic and wind jacket.
Designed for adults and young people who hike in lowlands and who want to use their backpack on other occasions.Very comfortable, with many accessories for hiking, with 5 pockets, you will use this backpack for travelling and in town. The bag has a built in rain cover.
About our author:
Growing up, I was never a fan of the outdoors, but that all changed when I started hiking in my teenage years! Now, most of my trips and plans involved hiking and it allows me to clear my mind and enjoy the views that I witness at the end! :)