Many people spend days, weeks, even months on end exposed to the hustling and bustling of city life. Wouldn’t it be awfully refreshing to retire into nature just for a moment to soak up the sunlight? How about capturing and forever treasuring the moments of amazement you are sure to encounter? This is where the beauty of landscape photography lies: the pictures you will take will engrave fond memories of a mesmerizing landscape into your mind. Going hiking at the same time is a great idea, as mountains can prove to be perfect spots for snapping photos that will take your friends’ breaths away. Plus, you’ll keep your body healthy and in tiptop shape! Hiking and photography are definitely a combination to be considered for outdoor spirits. If you decide to embark on this adventure, here are some hiking tips to maximize your experience.
Know Your Abilities and Your Limits
It is very important to listen to your body before hiking, as the opposite could lead to unfortunate surprises. Some hiking sites are very steep and high-elevated and aren’t recommended for people with respiratory problems, for example. In the same manner, people with any health or medical issue are advised not to hike on days of unbearable heat and dryness, or at least equip themselves accordingly to limit their exposure. After all, you don’t want the only picture taken during your experience to be an X-ray or a brain scan, do you?
You don’t need to empty your whole house to bring to hiking with you. One golden rule for hiking is that the heaviest items in your bag should be food and water. You may also want to bring hiking sticks to remove pressure from your legs, sunscreen, a flashlight if it’s dark, a map, a compass, a first aid kit, your camera (obviously), and a few other things as long as they will be useful. Don’t put too much weight on your back for no reason.
Don’t Forget Breaks!
Experts recommend to stop and rest for ten minutes at least once every hour. Such breaks will help remove all metabolic waste products that accumulate in your legs while hiking. Use this time off to grab a bite, drink some water, and document your surroundings with the help of your fellow camera sidekick! You may have guessed by now that it’s a pretty good idea to rest at a spot that bears a photogenic view. Dark caves are cool and all, but honestly, black squares are all over the Internet already, so we would suggest trying something more original.
And the most important tip of all: have fun! That’s what hiking is for! So stay safe and have a happy hiking!
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