Going Hiking

Now that you've set up base camp, it's time to do a little exploring! Grab your pack and put on your boots (or sneakers). It's time to go hiking!

Hiking consists of walking in natural environments. While often equated to mountainous or hilly regions, any scenic terrain will do, from the trails in your local park to the woods near your backyard! 

Studies have confirmed the health benefits of different types of hiking, including decreasing hypertension, improving mental health and increasing physical fitness.

Hiking 101: Trail Safety

Whenever you head out on the trail, it is always important to follow the proper safety procedures. We're heading to Yosemite National Park for some important trail tips from Temple University graduate Conner Caruso. Conner is interning as a preventative search and rescue technician and emergency medical technician at Yosemite as part of the ProRanger Philadelphia program, a partnership between Temple University and the National Park Service to train park rangers. Last year, as part of the program, he also interned on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Planning Your Outdoor Gear Essentials

Whether hiking or camping, having the right gear is essential! In this video, Kathy Salisbury, Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, shares tips on finding the right sleeping gear and backpacks for what you're planning to experience outdoors and when.

Planning a Day Hike

Planning a day hike begins long before you set foot on the trail. Careful advance preparation helps ensure comfort, fun, and safety outdoors. In this outdoor skills video, Appalachian Mountain Club experts Eboni Cooper and Mike Miccuci explain how to plan a memorable day hike, step by step. Video by the Appalachian Mountain Club (2017, January 30).

Tips and Techniques for Long-Distance Hiking

Jason Henschen, an adjunct instructor who teaches camping and hiking courses for Temple's Kinesiology Department in the College of Public Health, knows a little something about preparing for long-distance hikes. He has completed the "Triple Crown of Hiking" by hiking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. In this video, Jason shares some essential tips, and some important do's and don'ts to get ready for going the distance!

Trail Etiquette

On almost any hike, you're likely to encounter other people on the trail. Good trail etiquette helps ensure that everyone enjoys their experience outdoors and that the trail is left in good condition for its next visitors. In this outdoor skills video, Appalachian Mountain Club experts Eboni Cooper and Mike Miccuci explain how to be a good steward on the trail. Video by the Appalachian Mountain Club (2017, January 30).

Hiking: The 10 Essentials

Regardless of the length of your trip, from a three-hour hike to a three-day or three-week expedition, all hikers should carry the 10 essentials — a list developed by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the public agency responsible for the majority of search and rescue operations in New Hampshire. In this outdoor skills video, Appalachian Mountain Club experts Eboni Cooper and Mike Miccuci cover what these items are and why you need them. Video by the Appalachian Mountain Club (2017, January 30).

Getting Kids Outdoors - Tips from the Appalachian Mountain Club

Let's face it. There are a lot of distractions that can keep kids from getting outside and exploring the world around them. In this video, the Appalachian Mountain Club offers tips on getting kids outdoors. Video by the Appalachian Mountain Club (2011, April 26).

Be Outdoors: Tips and Resources for Families

Appalachian Mountain Club on the trail

Looking for ideas on where to take your kids outdoors close to home? Not sure how to get started? The Appalachian Mountain Club provides a wide variety of information and resources to help you plan the perfect outdoor adventure, from trip ideas to gear advice to outdoor safety. Visit here for more information. Photo by Raun Kercher, Appalachian Mountain - Club Delaware Valley Chapter. 

Surface Hopscotch: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Walking on durable surfaces during a hike

One of the seven priciples of "Leave No Trace" is "Travel and and Camp on Durable Surfaces." The goal of travel in the outdoors is to move through natural areas while avoiding damage to the land or waterways. Understanding how travel causes impacts is necessary to accomplish this goal. Travel damage occurs when surface vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond recovery. With Surface Hopscotch, an activity for children ages 8 and up created by Leave No Trace, participants learn about the differences between durable and non-durable surfaces. For additional activities, be sure to visit Leave No Trace.  Photo by Leave No Trace.

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