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Hiking beginnings

Day and night forest trails hiking

Hiking is an excellent sport activity which consists of walking in natural environments. It has beneficial effects on physical and mental condition including losing excess weight and decreasing hypertension. Time spent in the forest significantly reduces stress level in the body and helps us to regain positive energy for the next days.

Take a fully functional mobile/cell phone (fully charged with enough credit + roaming) and sufficient water (1 litre or more).
You might need some of the following equipment.
Shatterproof sport glasses, energy food, head light + LED torch + spare batteries, hygiene + medical needs. I recommend waterproof trousers. Hiking boots or trail shoes are a must.

Wear thermal clothing. Take additional clothing layers and spare clothing in your backpack (socks, underpants, undershirt, sweatshirts, jacket, raincoat). You might also need MOUNTAIN INSURANCE, compass, maps, GPS, first aid kit, space blanket, thermos flask, reflective vest, reflective slap wraps, scarf, hat, gloves, walking crampons, snowshoes, etc.

In the woods behave decently and orderly. During hiking we also greet the strangers. If there is no waste bin on our tourist route, we do not throw waste in the woods but we bring it back with us. Do not get too close to wild animals, because they can attack us if they feel threatened. Especially watch out for bears, wild boars and snakes.

In cold weather, many hiking trails are icy and you can expect half a metre of snow or more at some places. The wost conditions are: extreme weather, strong wind and snow, temperatures from -10 to -30 ºC (14 to -22 ºF) or less.
When temperature in the shade is above 25 ºC (77 ºF) hiking in the sun can be dangerous for some people.
Some of the terrain can be wet or covered with water. Exceptionally, low water streams needs to be crossed by wading.

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