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My First Hike: What to bring

It's your first hike, and you're a little intimidated. For starters, you have no idea what to bring. Here's a quick primer for the first timer:

Footwear: Hiking boots or shoes are preferred. We hike on natural surface trail, trail that is sometimes rocky, sometimes rooty, usually both. For hikes over three miles you'll be glad you have a sturdy sole to help absorb the shock of the trail.

Clothing: For the most part, we encourage synthetic clothing that dries quickly, especially in cooler weather. You start moving, you sweat; you stop moving and unless that fabric pressing against your skin is quick-drying and pulls the moisture away from your body, you will cool down quickly. Not a bad thing in the dead of summer, but potentially dangerous otherwise.

Water: No matter how long the hike, bring water. Dehydration is your enemy on the trail, and it can happen on even short hikes.

Snacks: Again, even on a short hike it's good to have a snack or two. An energy bar, a pack of cookies — whatever works for you. It's a bummer to get midway through a hike and suddenly have your fuel gauge plummet to E.

There are additional "musts" by season: bug spray in the summer, layers in the winter. But this is a good, basic starting point for the typical fair-weather, not-so-long (3-5 miles) hike.

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