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There's more to mountain climbing than just the right gear and equipment. You have to dress the part, too! Choosing the appropriate attire is essential for a fun and comfortable hike. Here are quick guidelines on what to wear to a climb:
The proper footwear is very important to avoid slipping, tripping, or blisters. Regular sneakers or rubber shoes may be acceptable but a good pair of hiking boots is the better choice. There are all kinds of hiking boots used for specific terrain or weather. Buy one that you feel comfortable walking distances in. And don't forget to wear hiking-specific socks to avoid getting blisters.
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Layers (shirts and jackets)
Always keep in mind the environment and weather of your hiking trail. Is it rainy? Is it dry? Or is it so cold you need to wear layers to keep from freezing? It's also important to consider the fabric of your shirt or jacket and if it fits your needs. Nylon is a good insulator and it's also lightweight, which is perfect for absorbing sweat and keeping your upper body dry. Use cotton shirts or jackets when you're hiking in warm or dry areas because they allow air circulation and soak up sweat.
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Jeans are definitely good for doing house chores or going out for groceries but they limit movement so they can't be worn on a daylong hike. You can opt for pants or shorts with the same fabrics mentioned above. Choosing between shorts and pants is another matter entirely. For warm weather trails, shorts are the way to go, but for cold, windy or rainy areas it's best to wear long, comfortable pants.
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Thomas Robert Faw is a real estate developer with a penchant for hiking. Like this Facebook page for more articles on the perfect hiking spots and other hiking essentials.