Tips for Urban Hiking

Posted on 25 March 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Embarking on an urban hike is a great idea. It is the perfect way to nurture your fitness and get your adrenaline pumping, while you also explore interesting parts of your city and its surrounds.

By turning sidewalks into hiking trails, the feel of a long-distance hike in nature gradually becomes within reach.

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If you will be embarking on an urban hike for the very first time, here are a few tips to consider:

Choose appropriate footwear

Wear shoes which are sturdy and comfortable. This will help you prevent injury. Moreover, remember that hiking on concrete is completely different to hiking on trails in nature.

Pounding around on a pavement can be harder on your feet compared to trekking on dirt. As such, it is important to choose your socks and shoes carefully.

Hydrate and refuel  

It is important to remain hydrated and to keep your energy levels up. Ensure that you bring enough water along with you, as well as a snack. Alternatively, you can also purchase these along your route.

Take precautionary measures

Although you are unlikely to come across a venomous snake or other dangerous animals creeping from the bushes, hiking in the city still requires you to be cautious. For your safety, use crosswalks when you cross the street. Where there are no sidewalks, ensure that you hike against traffic.

If you will be hiking in the dim hours of the morning or in the evening, consider safety risks and ensure that you are dressed in reflective or neon clothing for increased visibility.

Pave your own path

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Indeed,  climbing as many stairs as possible is beneficial for any urban hiker. However, you can also plan your route however you like. Curate your route to fit your fitness, your desired pace, as well as the objectives you seek to achieve through your hike.

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