Practical advice for hikers
- Preferably check the weather forecast before each departure, and do not hesitate to postpone a hike if the forecast is bad.
- Choose an itinerary adapted to his physical capacities.
- Notify relatives, your route, the date and time of return planned.
- Avoid going alone.
Hiker equipment ...
- The backpack: if you are going for a day, a model less than 50 liters will be suitable.
- Inside the backpack: warm clothes and a rain cape (which shelters both the hiker and the bag), if the weather turns bad.
- Take water, provide several gourds (1.5 liters minimum for a day hike). Beware of water from streams and rivers, even at altitude, it may be unsuitable for consumption.
- For longer hikes, provide a detailed map (scale 1: 25,000) and a compass. (ex: IGN map) as well as a survival blanket, a whistle and a headlamp.
- To protect yourself from the sun, bring a hat or cap, sunglasses, total sunscreen (Warning: sunburns are quickly caught at altitude, even in cloudy skies).
- Shoes: it is essential to equip yourself with a good pair of high-top shoes with notched soles that absorb shocks. When purchasing, it is recommended to take at least half a size more than the city shoe size. Why ? The foot swells when walking and would be compressed in a shoe that is too small in size.
- Pants are better than shorts to avoid scratches and sunburn.
- Equip yourself to observe animals without disturbing them (binoculars).
Tip: The weight of the backpack should not exceed 10% of the body weight.