Night Hiking and How To Do It Right

Hiking during the night-time can be really fun especially during summer time when the days are too hot to do anything. Walking through the nature in the evening can be quiet relaxing, but many are afraid of all the potential dangers lurking from the dark. However, if you are up for this challenge here are some amazing tips for your first night hiking adventure.

Never Go Alone

This goes for both day and night hiking. If you’re planning to go hiking on your own and you have never done this before, then you might need to sleep on it. Hiking with a group is fun, and if you are a communicative and sociable person you will love it. Make sure you stick to the group if you don’t want to get lost or get in some trouble.

Pick Your Route

If this is your first night hiking journey, I strongly suggest you pick a route which is familiar to you. Every first experience can be both exciting and traumatizing, so if you prefer staying in your safe zone find a trail which you already know. Also, it might be a good idea to take a wireless trail camera with you on your journey, it might come in handy if you would like to know more about your immediate surroundings, especially to see what lurks where during night time. This way you will avoid all the uncomfortable situations that may occur.

Light: friend or foe?

One might feel limited when we are speaking about hiking at night. But is it actually true? Some people think that not being able to see makes them vulnerable, but it will actually help your body enhance all the other senses. Moreover, not being able to see clearly will help you focus on nature sounds, scents and all the other little details you were missing out on – in other words, you will be able to enjoy your walk in a completely different way.

Artificial Light Source

Although your eyes will gradually get accustomed to the amount of darkness outside, you can always use a headlight or a flashlight. Even if you know the terrain it would be wise to carry some extra light source in case of any emergency. Moreover, you can consider acquiring a night vision monocular which can help you stay oriented, feel less frightened and more secure.

Go slower

It is more than obvious that hiking during the day and hiking during the night aren’t the same thing. This is why you need to have a completely different approach when it comes to night hiking. Try to walk slowly and watch your step because you don’t want to fall down and end up injured in the middle of nowhere in the dark.

To sum this up, for all the brave and curious ones who would like to try hiking at night for the first time: Stepping out off your safe zone will be fun just don’t forget to bring your cell phone ( fully charged) and to tell your friends and family where you’re going (just in case)!