We hear the term “going hiking” all the time. But what is hiking, really? In its most basic form, hiking is simply walking in nature. However, it goes beyond a mere stroll in the park. Hiking typically involves tackling diverse terrains such as forests, mountains, and trails.
Hiking can vary from an easy one-hour walk on a flat path to a challenging multi-day trek over steep mountains and rough terrains.
From The Appalachian Trail in the United States to the Inca Trail in Peru leading to Machu Picchu, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, there are many famous hikes around the world. Yet almost every city in the world offers its own unique experiences. All you need is the right gear, a bit of knowhow and the energy to get out and explore.
What is the difference between a hike and a walk?
The main difference between hiking and walking lies in the setting and intensity. Walking is usually done in an urban or suburban environment. Think walking down a street or around a park. Hiking, on the other hand, is done in a natural setting and often involves more challenging terrains and longer distances.
The right hiking footwear
An essential aspect of hiking is having the right footwear. Sore feet definitely do not make for a great hiking experience. Here are some key features to look out for in a great pair of hiking shoes:
Comfort: The boots should feel snug but not too tight.
Room for toes: Ensure there's enough space for your toes to move around, especially on downward inclines when your feet might shift forward.
Ankle support: This one is down to personal preference. Some people like hiking boots with ankle support, whereas others prefer lower-cut shoes.
Waterproof material: If you’ll be crossing rivers or streams, or hiking in changeable weather, consider waterproof shoes.
High-quality sole: A good sole with strong traction is essential for stability on steep or slippery trails.
Lightweight: Your boots should be fairly light to avoid tiring you out on long hikes.
So, are Timberlands good for hiking? The answer is: yes. Timberland offers a wide variety of hiking boots and shoes, for both men and women, for every condition and terrain. So whether you’re out on a simple day hike or a more challenging multi-day trek, there are a pair of Timberlands for you.
Other hiking essentials
Besides footwear, other necessary gear for hiking includes a good backpack to carry supplies, a map or a hiking app for navigation and suitable clothing that can be layered. You’ll also need a hat, and sunglasses for sun protection, a water bottle, and snacks for energy.
For longer, more challenging hikes, additional equipment like hiking poles, a compass, and a first-aid kit are recommended. If you're planning a multi-day hike, camping gear such as a tent, sleeping bag, and cooking equipment will be important.
Emergency supplies are also crucial for hiking. These include a basic first-aid kit, a whistle to signal for help, a multi-tool or knife, and a headlamp or flashlight. Always ensure your mobile phone is fully charged, and consider carrying a portable power bank.