How to Choose the Right Day Hiking Gear
- No prior experience needed. Perfect if you've never hiked before or are relatively new to hiking
Have you ever said to yourself "I'd like to hike but I don't have the right gear?" and then not gone on a hike?
You may be worried that you'll:
have to spend hundreds of dollars on hiking gear - that you may not even use all that often
buy expensive hiking boots that will be useless because they give you painful blisters
forget something important like toilet paper - and only realize it at an inopportune moment
have to spend hours researching which hiking gear to buy - and you don't have time for that
bring so much gear that you won't be able to walk - let alone hike
buy gear that you'll never use and it will just sit in your closet collecting dust
I get it. Because that was me when I first started hiking. That's why I created this hiking gear guide - so that you can avoid the expensive (and painful) mistakes I made.
Hi, I'm Laurel
I'll never forget the first pair of hiking boots I bought over 20 years ago.
I bought them in the morning in my regular size and wore them for a few hours in the afternoon to break them in before wearing them on an easy hike the next day.
Within minutes I could feel both my big toes rubbing on the tip of my boots. The pain intensified as the day went on and became unbearable on the way back which was downhill, further smashing my big toes into boots.
When I arrived home and took off my boots, my feet were covered in blood and my toenails had already started to blacken.
But I had spent a lot of money on these hiking boots which were now non-returnable since I'd already worn them. So after giving the blisters a week to heal and convincing myself that I just "need to break them in", I stupidly wore them again, and again.
I stupidly hiked in these boots that gave me blisters and hurt my feet for another six months - not wanting to waste money.
I later learned that "expensive" didn't always mean better and learned a costly lesson about when not to buy hiking boots.
While it took me a while to learn that lesson, I still had a lot to learn when it came to gear - sometimes I overpacked, other times and one time I didn't bring enough and encountered a freak snowstorm with only a light summer jacket for protection. Brrrr.
That's why I've created the How to Buy the Right Day Hiking Gear Course - to take the guesswork out of what to bring so that your hikes are memorable - for all the right reasons.
In How to the Buy the Right Hiking Gear Course You'll Learn:
What to buy for your first hike - hint: likely nothing
the 3 most important pieces of gear + tips for choosing the right ones - saving you hundreds of dollars on gear you'll never use
Recommended additional gear - saving you $$$ and tons of research time
How much water to bring and recommended snacks to eat when hiking - so that you'll feel your absolute best
2 recommended very affordable luxury items - that will make you feel oh-so-good after your hike and enable you to walk the next day
Hiking gear checklist for easy reference - so you'll never forget anything again and can pack in just minutes
Who this course is for:
- People who want to want to start hiking or who are relatively new to hiking
Hi, I'm Laurel, the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel. You may have seen my work in BCC Travel, National Geographic, The Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, The Guardian, Forbes or BBC Earth, or you may have seen me speak at a travel event like the World Travel Market in London or Dubai, or ITB Berlin.
I love hiking and am passionate about getting more people out hitting the trails. But I also know how confusing it is when you're starting out and how so many women don't think they can take the time for themselves to go on a hike. I'm in my 40s and swear that hiking is the best beauty secret out there!
That's why I compiled my 25+ years of hiking experience into this online hiking for beginners course. Hiking has changed my life and I want you to experience how life-changing it can be for yourself.
Growing up in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains I had hiking at my doorstep. I’ve lived in Munich, Germany and hiked in the Alps every weekend for 11 years and now live in Bansko, Bulgaria, steps from the Pirin Mountains. . I've probably done close to a 1000 hikes.
In addition to weekly hikes - yes every week despite running a company, I also do long-distance treks and hike when I travel which has led me to hike in Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Nepal, Jordan, Albania U.S. Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, Bulgaria, South Africa, Rwanda, Madagascar and many other destinations.
I don't tell you this to brag, but to show my experience in doing different types of hikes.
Hiking has had a profound impact on my life. I get all my best ideas when hiking, some of which have had incredible impacts on my business and income. I jokingly (but not really) say that hiking is my therapy.
The combination of being in nature, movement, and surrounded by beauty while challenging myself has helped me heal from a divorce and multiple miscarriages, but has also led to my success, and plays a big role in my happiness. If this side of hiking is of interest to you contact me for more details as I've some exciting stuff around this topic coming soon.
All of this is to say, that you're in good hands and I can't wait to help you get started or continue on your hiking journey, so let's get started!