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Hiking for beginners: tips to survive your first hiking route

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Hiking for beginners who have not yet had their first experience immersing themselves in nature can be very intimidating. If this is your case, rest assured that good preparation before taking the first step of the excursion will erase any worries you have now.

It's not a race to the finish line!

Exploring natural areas in their pure state is a journey for the senses that allows you to recharge your batteries, reconnect with your body and forget about the stress of everyday life, while admiring beautiful panoramic views with the best company.

Are you ready to awaken your sense of adventure? If you follow these expert tips, your first hiking experience will be easier than you imagine.

1. Previous investigation: characteristics of the route

Although spontaneity gives an added adventure to each trip, it is best to inform yourself well about the physical characteristics of the area before diving headlong into exploring.

Check online, get advice from the locals and carefully analyze a map of the region to know in advance:

· Length and structure of the route (circular or straight).
· Location of access entrances.
· Difficulty level.
· Elevation and geographical features of the terrain.
· Estimated travel time, considering what the inclination of the road adds.
· Extra amenities such as parking and rest areas.

The hiking route must be adapted to your beginner level so that you can really enjoy the nature that surrounds you, without fear or worries. Depending on your physical condition, it will be best to start with short, easy-to-manage distances.




2. Appropriate clothing for hiking

No special equipment is required in hiking for beginners. All you need is a spirit of adventure, love of nature and dressing comfortably (and in layers).

CLOTHES
If you make the main mistake of beginner hikers and wear everyday clothes, you will not enjoy the landscape because you will be thinking about the discomfort of denim and the heaviness of your wet t-shirt.

It is best to bring:

· Sports clothing made of absorbent materials, such as wool or polyester, avoiding cotton.
· Long pants and high socks to protect your legs, maintaining good mobility.
· Extra layers in winter, from a vest and light sweater to a hat and gloves.

FOOTWEAR
Mountaineering boots or light sneakers? In addition to personal taste, the decision will depend on the conditions of the terrain to be explored.

· On well-maintained trails without many obstacles, lightweight, low-cut walking shoes will suffice.
· In rugged areas with rocks, roots and streams, it is best to invest in sturdy boots.

Make sure your shoes are comfortable for long distances and fit snugly enough to prevent blisters.

3. Well-equipped backpack is worth two

Hiking for beginners should be enjoyable without carrying extra weight, but it is also necessary to cover the essentials so that you finish the journey safely.

Use this checklist as a guide:

· Enough water and additional snacks for the entire group.
· Sunscreen, cap and sunglasses.
· Light clothing to protect against rain.
· Map, compass and GPS, identifying emergency exits and rest areas.
· Safety kit with flashlight, whistle and multipurpose tool.
· First aid kit with treatment for blisters, bandages, antibiotic ointment, etc.
· Garbage bag.
· Toiletries, if you plan to walk away from public bathrooms.

Your backpack will need to be more equipped the longer the journey, so make sure it sits close to your body and high on your back, without putting too much pressure on your shoulders.



BONUS: Remember that it is not a speed race

It is important to maintain a pace that you feel comfortable with, exercising your body, while enjoying the postcard views that surround you, without running to the waterfall or viewpoint. Remember to take the necessary breaks to last until the end with enough energy to celebrate your new achievement.

Discover hiking in Lake Caspe
The privileged location of Camping Lake Caspe makes it ideal as a starting point for hiking for beginners:

· From the Ermita de la Magdalena viewpoint, the view of the Ebro River reaching the Mequinenza reservoir will leave you breathless.
· Climbing to the top of the Montnegre mountain range, a panoramic view of the Sea of Aragon awaits you.
· When walking at the foot of the Sierra de Campells, you will discover the sediments that have remained on its walls.
And, at the end of the tour, you can relax in the port, rest in a hammock, share your experiences with new friends on the terrace... All without interrupting your connection with nature.

Ready to start your Lake Caspe hiking adventure?
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