It might be too early to hit the trails (or even see them through the snow), but it’s not too early to start planning. The hiking season is quickly approaching. Plan your route along the 700+ miles of hiking paths that span Glacier National Park’s wilderness.
What to do both before and while hiking
Traveling light is crucial, so pack lightly. When packing, only include your essential items.
- Before embarking on a hike, exercise every day for about a week.
- At least 3–4 days prior to a trek, one should eat a balanced diet.
- Invest in hiking boots or sturdy shoes.
- Purchase a soft t-shirt and cotton track pants. Carry warm clothing and odomos.
- Always have electoral and glucose on hand.
- Bring water bottles and remember to sip frequently while hiking.
- Get enough rest the night before the hike.
- Limit your packing.
- Keep your distance from the gathering.
- Don’t smoke and consume alcohol together.
- Avoid purchasing packaged food
- Avoid contaminating water
- Don’t throw it away. Minimize your use of resources. Trekking is a way to take in the outdoors while putting up with little.
- Avoid making noise. Animals and birds frequently avoid loud noises and alter their behavior.
- Before packing, be sure to make a checklist. Don’t forget to buy repellant, food, water, medicines, and a first aid kit.
Here is a list of the things you’ll need to investigate them.
Think about: Your Feet
Choose a reliable pair of hiking boots if you’re planning to spend a lot of money during trekking season. As the kilometres pile up, boots with a solid sole and ankle support are highly essential.
In Glacier, where the routes weave between more than 500 streams, water-resistant footwear are a necessity. Before your first hiking day, give your boots some time to break in. Wearing them around the house even helps as well.
Wool or synthetic hiking socks are a must-have if you want to keep your feet warm, dry, and blister-free. You can walk farther and faster by using hiking poles and a properly-fitted backpack.
Think about wildlife
Four-legged locals of all sizes, including pikas, beavers, hares, mountain goats, elk, and bears, live in the park with us.They came here first, therefore this is where they call home.
Make as much noise as you can to alert any nearby wildlife to your presence (no one will judge you for a trail-side sing-along). When trekking, always have bear spray with you and be familiar with its application.The majority of outdoor shops in Glacier sell bear spray and can advise you on its proper use.
Give animals lots of room when you come across them, especially if they are moms with young. Additionally, avoid leaving breadcrumbs because feeding wildlife reduces their capacity to maintain their own food and survival.
Think about: Weather
Storms appear from behind adjacent mountains in this area of peaks and glaciers in a matter of minutes and disappear just as rapidly. Consider yourself an onion and layer yourself to be properly attired for a day of trekking in Glacier.
For windy summits, lightweight, quick-drying clothes can be worn under warmer layers like merino wool or fleece. Don’t let a foggy morning deceive you into forgetting to pack a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen because cool mornings give way to sweltering days.
Safety should come first, second, then third.
Your safety equipment may never be needed, but the peace of mind it provides is far more valuable than its weight. Basic first aid supplies are available from retailers throughout the park, preventing a fall from becoming a turning point.
Insider advice: bring extra bandages or tape for troublesome hotspots. Have a map with you, be informed of your intended path, and make sure someone is aware of your destination and anticipated return time. Always carry a torch or headlamp, even just to check the outhouse for bugs.
Think about: sustenance
Don’t let your trekking companions go into high alert because you started to become hungry. You may prevent energy slumps by bringing along lots of portable snacks, such trail mix and granola bars.
The addition of additional chocolate to your trail mix in this instance is not only permitted but also encouraged. Even more than your food supplies will keep you going, staying hydrated will. Considering the distance, elevation gain, and temperature when planning your water use (usually at least one 32-fluid oz. water bottle per person). If you want to purify water on the trail, think about buying a hydration pack or packing a water treatment system like a handheld water filter or iodine pills. As you start to think about summer, keep in mind that it won’t be long before it arrives.