Here are some of the most common mistakes beginners make, usually during outdoor activities, such as hiking or mountain tours:
1. THE WRONG SHOES
For a hike in the mountains, the chosen footwear must provide support and protection, during the hike, otherwise, we will have some very unpleasant experiences that will ruin our trip. Blisters, scratches, traumatized fingers - all this will remind us of how bad it was when hiking.
For a mountain tour, it is necessary to choose a quality pair of boots; there is no alternative. It is very important to choose a size appropriate to our foot; also, we must be careful to shoot them a few days before the trip, in order to have no surprises.
2. WEATHER FORECAST
The weather situation can be quite unpredictable, floods, storms, extremely dense fog, sudden drops in temperature, etc. can occur.
For all these, we must be as prepared as possible, and in this regard, it is recommended to consult the website of the National Meteorological Administration. Of course, there are other virtual locations that have high accuracy and that we can use them with confidence.
3. INAPPROPRIATE CLOTHING
It is very important to have hiking protection against nature's elements.
Thus, for the cold it is essential a layering system and, in case of rain or cold weather, a polar and a hardshell are necessary, since, in the mountains, things can change quickly. Cotton or jeans are items that should be excluded when it comes to mountain roads.
4. LACK OF INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE GOING
It is really exciting to explore unknown places, but our advice would be that if there is information about the place you have chosen to visit, study in advance.
These are very useful because they can provide data on possible obstacles or possible water sources. On the other hand, it is extremely important to tell at least one person where you left off and to provide the indicative coordinates of the location.
Totally wrong, because you have to take as much water with you, as there is a risk that, on the way, you will not find sources from which to refill your cans.
For a day's hike, about 2-3 liters of water are needed.
6. NOT ENOUGH EQUIPMENT
Although the backpack is too full and you can get the impression that not much is needed for a single day, it is not advisable to go unprepared.
You will need equipment against the cold, rain or for various unforeseen situations.
7. UNKNOWN LIMITS
It is essential to know what your limits are. For example, in the case of climbers, the descent is much more dangerous than the climb.
When hiking, you must also consider the return, so do not go unconscious without having to consider the fact that you must return. Possible obstacles include changing the weather, ending food and water resources, leaving the darkness, etc. Therefore, it is advisable to set an hour for return.
Even the most experienced mountaineers make mistakes, but it would be advisable to learn from the mistakes of others, not on your own skin.