Let’s face it! You will need basic gear, either for hiking, mountain climbing, or Via Ferrata. Focus on your hiking footwear: even though some hikers enjoy lightweight footwear, try to choose proper footwear which will support your ankles, such as over-the-ankle boots, especially for diverse terrain, higher altitude, and trails wits roots and rocks. Boots should be comfortable, and if you are on a limited budget, just don’t start saving your money here. J And finally, while mountaineering training, say NO to new shoes when planning a longer trip. To stay dry along the way, choose waterproof clothes and dress in layers. Even in the peak of summer, a cold breeze will make you want to throw on long sleeves and remember that some parts of the mountains can stay covered with snow all year round. Do not forget about the higher levels of UV radiation in the mountains and our suggestion is to keep your skin covered. However, remember you are going hiking, not to a fashion strip, so no need to go all out when it comes to your outfit.
An extra pair of thick socks and an extra T-shirt are essential, even for one-day mountaineering hikes. A waterproof jacket, gloves, and required helmet for high mountains as well. Hiking poles are great for support too, particularly when your knees will suffer steep downhill trails. Make sure you know how to set them up correctly and don’t be afraid to put them away when conditions are not right, for example when the terrain gets more difficult when you are traversing with the aid of a rope, etc.
Do I have all for my backpack? Pack the essentials.
Not only proper shoes, supporting your ankles but all the other essentials too.
To make your mountaineering a perfect experience, you will have to ensure you have all the relevant stuff from the list of required things. For shorter trips:
We suggest a medium-size backpack, with a capacity of at least 30 liters, to keep your water and food demands, headlamp, extra batteries, first aid kit, knife, navigation (compass, map or GPS device), sun protection, sunglasses and extra clothes in the right place. For longer trips: we recommend you read this article “Checklist: Essential gear”,
Does your hiking trip include “via Ferrata route”? Great for you! You’ll need alpine walking gear, a helmet, a harness, and a via Ferrata system, which you can rent at Altitude Activities if you will be near Slovenia. To consider proper mountaineering training, we suggest you pack your essentials every time you are planning to go to the mountains. Keep your things in the same place inside your backpack and especially, we – mountain lovers will all appreciate the respect of our nature with “leave no trace” strategy. Keep the flora and fauna as they were created and connect with all the beauty of nature around you!