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Note to the ladies: Stop buying gear made for women. If you are just starting a “mobile” or “outdoors” lifestyle, this is the single most important piece of advice I can give.
Ask anyone who’s been doing it for a while. Shop in the men’s section. Your lady parts will thank you.
(Maybe in our retirement we will get together and design clothing and gear made for women the way it should be. Who’s with me?)
My favorite of all time! These shoes are light and flexible with grid gripping sole for tricky descents. I find this style far superior to traditional hiking shoes/boots. They’re actually designed for men but come in colors and sizes for the ladies. Trust me on this one. Before finding these shoes, my feet were a tortured mess.
Important: You don’t need big heavy boots like this for dry hiking.
The purpose of this style of boot is for wet conditions OR ankle support for tricky descents (ie, steep elevation change in short amount of time).
If you are just doing easy-moderate hiking, stick with the low-cut lightweight shoes like the Salomon’s above.
GPS – Compass, Waymarking and Geocaching
For those of you who love geocaching or orienteering or just general hiking off trail – you probably have at least one of these. When you don’t have access to satellite navigation service, it’s important to have a topo map, compass and basic land navigation skills.
I use USGS.gov and arcgis.com for topo map research/downloads. I use a Silva Polaris compass for orienteering. There are plenty of sites that explain basic land nav. Find one that matches the way you learn best before you go out on your own.
(I wear with waxed hemp cord around my neck – lightweight, antibacterial and heat resistant)