Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development and Operations at VinoVue, a technology and wine company that he co-founded in 2011. Kamran A. Khawar also likes to likes to hike with family, friends and colleagues. Here are some tips.
Choose the right hike
Consider distance, elevation and terrain when choosing a hike.
Wear layered clothing
Optimal outdoor clothing protects you from the elements and regulates body temperature while being lightweight, durable and comfortable.
Choose good boots
There is no substitute for high-quality hiking boots, which provide grip, support the ankles, and take the knocks.
Carry a comfortable backpack
If you’re going to carry a heavy load for long periods, get a backpack with a good harness as this dictates comfort and load-bearing limits.
Be scrupulous in packing as light as possible, especially on long hikes in hilly terrain. Invest in lightweight equipment, and pool anything that can be shared among your group such as cooking equipment.
Eat and drink well
Food is your fuel, and to keep firing on all cylinders you need to eat well on the trail. Always take more than you need, especially if there’s any chance your trip will take longer than planned.
Don’t go haring off – walk at a steady pace.
Enjoyable hiking hinges on stamina, not speed. Expect to walk much slower than normal, settling into your natural pace and rhythm.
Unless you’re setting out on easy, well signposted trails, always carry a map as a GPS receiver is useless with no signal or when batteries run out.
Read the weather
Weather conditions have a major bearing on hiker happiness.
Plan for a safe return
Get off on the right foot by letting someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back so they can raise the alarm if you go AWOL.
Always take at least a basic first aid kit with you.