Get Ready for Hiking Trips
Each trip will have its own idiosyncrasies, but the daily routine of most adventures is similar. The day usually begins with breakfast around 8 AM, at which point the day's hiking and exploration options are discussed. Most outfitters present the group with a daily variety of hikes of differing difficulty and length. Hiking usually begins around 9 AM, with lunch on the trail at mid-day. Hiking often concludes around 4 PM. Commercial trips offer support vans which make possible a morning of hiking and an afternoon spent visiting an olive oil operation in the afternoon. Or you can hitch a ride if the weather's poor or blisters flare up.
Dinners are usually a group affair and the quality of the food can range from simple to gourmet. If food is a big interest, then inquire with the outfitter about the offerings. Most groups tend to gather for a social hour around 6 PM and then enjoy supper around 7 PM. Active days on two feet typically lead to tired participants and early bedtimes.
The key to preparing for a hiking tour is knowing how much training you'll need to do to be ready. Good tour companies will assess your current condition and provide a training program should you need it.
Even if you're in top condition, it's a good idea to prepare by taking a few training hikes that mimic the mileage and elevation changes you'll encounter. Also, make sure those hiking boots fit properly and are broken-in adequately. As you train, stay hydrated and eat a nourishing, well-balanced diet.
Tour operators send comprehensive packing list that take the guesswork out deciding what clothing and gear you need to bring. You can bet that any tour will require the following: comfortable, sturdy boots; several pairs of high-quality hiking socks (not cotton!); moleskin or some other blister patch; a good two-piece rainsuit; and layers of fast-drying, lightweight clothing for the most part made of synthetic fabrics. Food, water, and other necessities are handled by the outfitter.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication