Wanderbirds Hiking Club

What to bring to a hike

The most important requirement is a love of the outdoors and a spirit of adventure. In order to insure that you have an enjoyable hiking experience and do not endanger your health, you should be physically fit enough to undertake exercise that is moderate to strenuous and may include prolonged uphill walking on rough, mountainous terrain. You should be able to complete a hike of 7 miles in about 4 hours, or keep up an average hiking speed of 2 miles per hour. If you take medication for high blood pressure or any other condition, please discuss with your physician the problems that may arise during physical exertion, especially during hot summer weather. Also, consult with your physician about your ability to undertake this type of physical activity. If necessary, consult with a sports medicine doctor.

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