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Hiking Tips to Get You Going

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One of the nice things about living at Liv North Scottsdale is that it puts you in close proximity to a number of places for biking, hiking, and climbing. A quick search with Yelp brought up a listing of several interesting places to hike in the area. In this month’s blog posts, we will provide some tips for hiking, so get out of your apartment and enjoy the lovely Arizona weather!

What to Take on a Hike

First Aid Kit

This doesn’t have to be elaborate; you can get a basic kit at any outfitter supply store. Bonus idea — increase your personal knowledge and take a first aid class to be better prepared.

Footwear

Make sure your footwear is appropriate for the terrain. For a short day hike in easy terrain, trail shoes are fine. For longer hikes with more difficult terrain and heavier loads, hiking boots are a better option.

Extra Water and a Purifier

Water is important when you are hiking. It provides your body’s muscles and organs with resources they need to function properly. Drink enough water so you do not become dehydrated and susceptible to hypothermia and altitude sickness. Carry a purifier of some sort as a backup, such as a purifying bottle or capsules.

Rain Gear and Extra Clothing

The weather guesser (forecaster) is not always right. Be prepared. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing temperatures and precipitation. Avoid cotton, as it keeps moisture close to your skin, and always take a hat.

Sunscreen and Glasses

Above tree lines there is often a skin-burning combination of sun, wind, and sometimes snow; sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and sunscreen, of course, prevents sunburn. Don’t only take them — use them! 

These are a few of the things smart hikers take on every hike. Please feel free to share your favorite hiking places within easy distance of the Liv North Scottsdale apartments in the comments.